Fitz blitz makes the difference for Finuge
KERRY U-21 football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice scored 1-5 as Finuge were crowned North Kerry senior football champions for the first time in 10 years at Ballylongford yesterday.
While Kerry star Paul Galvin was also instrumental in this 1-9 to 0-11 district final victory against Beale, favourites Finuge needed a match-winning goal from former Kingdom footballer Fitzmaurice, with just 10 minutes left, to finally pull clear 1-9 to 0-9.
But Beale, who had battled back from trailing 0-5 to 0-1 early in the opening half, kept pushing and two further points from Ian Blake, who finished with 0-9, made it a very nervous finish for Finuge.
In the dying moments of the game, and with Beale applying intense pressure in search of a levelling score as they trailed 1-9 to 0-11, twice Galvin rescued Finuge by winning crucial possession in his own square.
Galvin was also on the scoresheet in the first half, with Finuge leading 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time thanks to 0-4 from full-forward Fitzmaurice.
Meanwhile, Munster senior club champions Dr Crokes remain on course to win their sixth East Kerry senior championship in a row following their impressive 1-14 to 1-4 semi-final victory over Glenflesk at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.
Even without Colm Cooper, Dr Crokes, who face Crossmaglen Rangers in an All-Ireland club semi-final in February, had too much scoring power, with man of the match Kieran O'Leary scoring a brilliant second-half goal in a comfortable win.
In the South Kerry division, Declan O'Sullivan and Munster junior champions Dromid Pearses will meet St Mary's in the final following Dromid's 0-10 to 0-6 semi-final replay win over Waterville on Saturday.