WITH varying fortunes being experienced by the all top sides in division one of the Munster Junior league last weekend, any of the sides near the mid season summit, who were capable of recording a win, would see themselves in a good position heading into December.
Tralee were one of those sides and fortunately for Kerry's top junior outfit they managed to record an impressive (22-14) away win over second from bottom Castlehaven. Eoin Tough, Sean Hurley and Dan O'Connor all crossed the whitewash for the visitors with Dan Clarke adding a penalty and two conversions. Crosshaven responded with a brace of tries from Kieran Doran and Eamon Ring and had both converted by Ian Smith, but ultimately they didn't have what it took to knock Tralee off course.
The win sees Tralee move up to fifth in the table, only one point off fourth and more importantly they are now only four points behind second place Kilfeacle and District. While points on the board is always what counts at this level, Tralee will fancy their chances of getting right into the thick of the championship challenge as they have a game in hand over all the sides ahead of them in the league.
Next up for the Kerry men is a home game against Newcastlewest. The west Limerick men have been showing that their promotion to the top flight last season was well deserved as they currently sit only one spot behind Tralee. This game should be one of the most competitive games of the weekend with the winner maintaining their challenge at the top, while the loser could see their aspirations evaporate at this early stage.
Kerry sides had a two for two last weekend with both Killarney and Castleisland recording very impressive away wins. Both teams faced Cork opposition with Castleisland making the trip to Youghal, while Killarney had the daunting prospect of taking on title chasing Mallow.
Killarney were first up as they made the trip to St Joseph's road on Saturday. Both sides went into the game with realistic aspirations of contending for the division two title, but it was the visitors that took the spoils (13-11). The sides were level after 40 minutes with both sides' kickers ( Andy Cashman and Padraig Sheahan) slotting over one successful penalty. Another penalty from Cashman had Mallow in front before Sheehan responded with a try, penalty and a conversion.
Mallow showed their metal late on as they fought back to within two points with a try from forward Chris O'Regan, but a missed conversion meant all the points went to the visitors. Killarney now find themselves in fifth spot in the table with a game in hand over most of the sides above them. Next up for Killarney is a home game against Bandon next weekend.
Castleisland's (16-10) away win at Youghal sees them move into second place in the table behind mid Cork side Muskerry. Three penalties from Connie Reynolds added to his conversion of Matthew Aherne's try did the damage for the visitors as they took the well deserved spoils on the day. Youghal had a brace of tries from Ian Broderick to celebrate which garnered them a valuable losing bonus point.
Bottom of the table Carrick-on-Suir are next up for Castleisland with the Kerry men favourites to take top spot in the table come next Sunday evening.
Division 3 had mixed fortunes for the local sides with Corca Dhuibhne having to concede the points to Ballincollig while Killorglin romped past Dunmanway -Bantry Bay by 29-0. Barry Sheehan bagged a pair of tries for himself with David O'Sullivan, Darragh Woods and Darren Curtayne all crossing the whitewash.
Trevor West added the extra points on two occasions to round off what was a walk in the park for Killorglin.
This away win sees Killoglin blast their way up to the top of the table – one point ahead of Abbeyfeale. Killorglin sit out next weekend with Abbeyfeale entertaining mid table Ballincollig on Sunday afternoon while Corca Dhuibhne also have home advantage over Douglas.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (2.30pm) Tralee v Newcastle West Killarney v Bandon Castleisland v Carrick-on-Suir Abbeyfeale v Ballincollig Corca Dhuibhne v Douglas