MAKING a mockery of preseason predictions that they would struggle in the Division, Templenoe secured their second straight promotion in the County League holding off a dogged Churchill challenge perhaps not entirely reflected in the final scoreline of 2-14 to 0-9.
A tight first half saw the visitors shade matters at 0-6 to 0-5, Adrian Spillane and Brian Crowley on target for Templenoe as Benny Dillion very much kept Churchill in touch. Cillian Fitzgerald had the teams level after halftime, but Templenoe would have a crucial period of five points without reply and in the 50th minute Danny Cahillane scrambled the ball over line for the Kenmare District side's first goal.
Paul O'Sullivan made a fine double save from a Templenoe penalty, but the home side's passport to the middle tier of Kerry football was complete with a Patrick Palmer goal in injury time. Victory on the last day against Duagh will give them the title, but it looks like Listry will join them in Division Three next year, scuppering Junior Finalists Na Gaeil's hopes with an oh so narrow 0-8 to 0-7 victory over the team that beat them in the 2010 Novice Final.
Two Michael Griffin points along with a point from Eoin O'Neill point had given the Tralee side a 0-3 to 0-1 lead at half-time but Derry Ahern came up trumps for the home side in the second half with four second half points alongside efforts from Damien Clifford, Jimmy O'Leary and Gary O'Sullivan giving them a much prized win. Ahern scored his last two points to turn a one point deficit into a one point advantage at full-time with a point in their final game away to Lispole all Listry need now to move up a Division.
Sneem / Derrynane's relegation at the other end has been already confirmed; they put up a brave fight in only going down by three points to Moyvane, Paddy Curtin putting a tremendous shift for the visitors despite the best efforts of Ian Galvin an Leonard Burns in a 2-14 to 1-14 defeat for the home side. Who will join the South Kerry side in Division Five next year is anyone's guess with a multitude of possibilities thrown up heading into the final round.
Duagh gave themselves a vital lifeline with a 1-9 to 1-7 win away to Beale, Anthony Maher's contribution crucial as he scored 1-2 with Nigel O'Connor and Tim Scannell also contribution to the Feale Rangers side's win. The Shannon Rangers side were dependent on Barry O'Mahony throughout but James McMahon did score a late goal making up for an early missed effort by Tom Joy.
Meanwhile, Lispole put the disappointment of their loss to Scartaglin in the Novice Final behind them with a crucial 0-13 to 1-9 win over St Senans, a result that sees a four way tie on eight points between the West Kerry side, Duagh, Churchill and St Senans, but with Moyvane, Ballyduff and Beale only one point ahead further up the table, everyone from fifth downwards in the table still has the fear of relegation heading into the last round.
Ballyduff got the points against Tuosist without kicking a ball in anger, the Kenmare District side conceding a walkover, how crucial that might be only the final day will tell.