Walsh misses out as Rangers book final spot
Published 03/10/2011 | 05:00
KERRY'S AFL star Tommy Walsh has been denied the chance to line out in the Kingdom's club SFC final with Kerins O'Rahillys after they were knocked out at the semi-final stage on Saturday.
Playing his second club game in a week since his return home, Walsh could do little as O'Rahillys lost 0-16 to 1-12 to Laune Rangers at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Rangers rattled off the last three points through Seamie Foley, Pa Joy and Johnny Carey to seal victory.
But Walsh could still figure in a Kerry final as O'Rahillys meet West Kerry in a Kerry SFC quarter-final next Sunday. The club championship takes on greater importance because if a divisional team wins the Kerry SFC, then the club champions will represent the county in the Munster club series.
O'Rahillys had led 1-6 to 0-5 after 25 minutes, with former Kerry player Declan Quill grabbing their goal, but a strong Rangers surge saw them lead 0-11 to 1-7 at the break. Their powerful second-half finish booked their final spot against Rathmore, who stunned county champions Dr Crokes in the first semi-final, winning 3-10 to 0-16.
Dr Crokes, missing injured Kerry captain Colm Cooper, raced into a 0-10 to 0-1 lead, which was pegged back to 0-10 to 1-4 at half-time. Rathmore battled all the way to the finish and substitute Paul Reen's goal sealed an amazing comeback.
Cooper is now rated as a 50/50 injury doubt for this weekend's Kerry SFC quarter-final against Austin Stacks -- a repeat of last year's county final that Dr Crokes won.
Meanwhile, in a Kerry SFC quarter-final yesterday, East Kerry advanced with a 2-7 to 1-8 victory over Division 1 league leaders Dingle.
Derry Aherne and Anthony O'Sullivan scored the crucial goals for East Kerry.