WITH Tralee on a well deserved break last weekend, Killarney and Castleisland were the two top Kingdom sides in action. Both outfits strutted their stuff in division two of the Munster junior league and both managed to secure welldeserved and very valuable wins.
First up was the meeting of Killarney and Youghal last Saturday. The Kerry side were the visitors in this one but they didn't let that stop them recording a four point victory over the east Cork side. Tries from Colin McCarthy, Padraig Hallissey and Paul O'Sullivan did the major damage for the visitors while Padraig Sheehan added the extra points for two of the three touchdowns. The home side were in this tie all the way to the finish with both Alan Frahill-O'Connor and Stephen Kelly touching down to make it a nervous finish for Killarney.
This victory keeps Killarney well in touch at the top – only one point behind league leaders Muskerry. Next up for the Kerry men is a home tie against Carrickon-Suir next Sunday. The Tipperary outfit may have only recorded one win in three so far this campaign but they will be a very dangerous opponent for the impressive Killarney.
Castleisland followed their neighbours past the finishing line one day later as they saw off the challenge of Ennis at the clare sides home pitch. (20 – 16).
Kieran Downey, Mike Cronin and John McCarthy all crossed the whitewash on the day for the Kerry side with Sean Riordan adding a conversion and a penalty to round off a great afternoon for the visitors. This win keeps Castleisland well in the hunt near the summit of the early season table after recording two wins from two – and with a game in hand on all the sides around them they could go top next time out if they can record a home win over the divisions bottom side Dungarvan.
Even though Dungarvan are languishing at the foot of the table without a point to their name they cannot be taken lightly as they have proved many times in the past that they are well capable of putting a stop to Castleisland's impressive start. Division three saw both Abbeyfeale and Killorglin take to the field last weekend with the former recording a win at their first attempt this season while their the latter were pipped at the post away to Scariff.
Abbeyfeale's impressive 27 – 8 home win was mainly thanks to tries from Rob Browne, Donagh Kelly and Alan Roche with the fourth coming curtosy of great pressure which resulted in the awarding of a deserved penalty try. Thomas Enright did the honours on two occasions as he added a brace of conversions as well as successfully slotting over a penalty. The bonus point win sees Abbeyfeale sit only three points behind the early leaders with a game in hand on all the sides above them.
Next time out they will have to make the trip to play Corca Dhuibhne and although the Kerry boys sit second from bottom after losing their only fixture so far, this should be a really tight and competitive affair.
Killorglin will have to go down as the unluckiest side of the weekend after an away win was snatched from their grasp in the last minute to deny them the four points away to Scariff. A Barry Sheehan try which was converted by Luke O'Shea looked to have been enough on the day only for the home side's Paul O'Sullivan to steal the points with a try in the dying seconds. A losing bonus point is some reward out of the 8-7 defeat but losing the game so late on will stick in the throats for a little while.
Waterford City are next up for Killorglin and they Kerry side will be desperate to take all the points in this home fixture.
FIXTURES SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4 2.30pm Old Christians v Tralee Killarney v Carrick-on-Suir Castleisland v Dungarvan Corca Dhuibhne v Abbeyfeale Killorglin v Waterford City