Gneeveguilla 0-10 Spa 0-12 A year stay in the top flight is over for Gneeveguilla as they went down by two points in a dour contest to neighbours Spa who won't care too much about the overall quality of the match as heir Division One status is now secure.
Despite Liam Murphy opening the scoring four Mike O'Donoghue points gave Spa a 0-7 to 0-4 lead at the break with Fergus McAuliffe keeping the home side in touch at halftime. Donal Murphy, Donie O'Connor and Ger Moynihan did their best to make sure Gneeveguilla would not go down without a fight, but O'Donoghue, Niall O'Mahony and Shane Lynch restored a four point advantage for the Intermediate finalists with some hopeful high balls near the end coming to no effect for the home side as they return to Division Two in 2013 for the first time since 2005. Rathmore 0-9 Austin Stacks 1-15
IT wasn't enough for them to hang onto the County League title with, but Austin Stacks gave themselves a nice boost ahead of their crunch County Championship quarter-final with Dr Crokes with a double score victory over Rathmore making it a reunion with his native club to forget for Rathmore selector Liam Kerins.
An early goal from William Kirby gave Stacks the initiative and while Mark Reen made the score 1-2 to 0-3 after 15 minutes, David Mannix scored four of Stacks' remaining five points in the first half to lead by 1-7 to 0-6 at halftime with Mark and Patrick Reen along with Michael O'Riordan keeping the home side in the game.
Four unanswered points, three from the accurate Mannix ensured a victory for the Tralee side alongside points for Kieran Donaghy and Michael Collins. St Michaels / Foilmore 0-12 Killarney Legion 1-9
ANOTHER draw on home turf for St Michaels / Foilmore, this time in the County League in Ballinskelligs as they let a four point lead slip by in the closing stages.
Legion returned to Killarney with a share of the spoils following a Mike O'Sullivan goal and a Conor Keane point before the final whistle. Foilmore led by 0-7 to 0-2 at halftime and it could have been more had Brian Kelly not stopped Johnny Clifford from scoring a goal from close range.
Damien Kelly and Eanna O'Connor had seemingly done enough to secure the win for the home side in the second half, but they were given plenty of food for thought ahead of the replay with Kenmare District in the County Championship this weekend as both Keane and Jonathon Lyne inspired a fruitful fightback for the East Kerry side. Kerins O'Rahillys 3-14 Ardfert 2-9
YOU would never count against them doing it until it was absolutely impossible but there is to be no great escape for Ardfert in 2012 as their six years in Division Two came to an end on Sunday afternoon with an eight point defeat at the hands of Kerins O'Rahillys.
The St Brendans side made a good fist of it in the first half, trailing by 2-6 to 23, but Strand Road took it up a level in the second half before running out victorious.
Barry John Walsh scored the first goal of the game but Ardfert raised green flags courtesy of both Shane Griffin and Alan Kelly to take the lead in the 24th minute but points from Walsh, Barry John Keane and David Flaherty had the home side in front by three at the break.
Kevin Walshe scored three points before namesake Barry John scored his second goal to end the game as a contest.
Ardfert were magnificent in rising all the way to the top flight in five straight years, it's hard to see them returning in the short term, however, as they continue a period of transition.