Duagh's win over Churchill catches the eye
Three from three for Laune Rangers as their bid to get out of here as quick as they can has got off to a good start.
Duagh, however, are arguably the surprise early package in second with two wins and one draw thus far. The Killorglin side finished strongly in the final quarter to win out by eleven points after Patrick Daly's soccer style goal gave them a lead of 1-6 to 0-6 at half-time.
A brace from St Michaels / Foilmore's Matthew Seán O'Sullivan meant the game was still separated by that goal after 45 minutes at 1-9 to 0-9, but Daly scored a second goal and Daire Cleary found the net in making it 3-11 to 0-9 in the end.
Duagh, meanwhile, built their win at home to Churchill on a strong first-half display leading their St Brendans opponents by 2-7 to 1-1 at the break before holding off a major comeback in the second period by the visitors to win out by 2-11 to 2-9.
Renard bounced back from their defeat to Ballyduff in the junior final with another victory over the team they beat in that competition's semi-final, Cordal, as they pulled clear in the second period for a 3-13 to 2-11 victory having only led Cordal by 2-6 to 2-5 at half-time.
The game was significant in marking Darragh Fitzgerald's final game for the club before emigrating to Australia for the time being.
Waterville added to Valentia's woes with a 4-11 to 0-8 victory meanwhile. A Barry O'Dwyer goal helped Waterville towards a lead of 1-6 to 0-4 at the break as Eamon Chesser, Daniel and Patrick O'Dwyer scored second-half goals in a fifteen-point win that puts them in a tie with Renard and Churchill on four points in the table.
Tarbert moved a bit further in the right direction in the table meanwhile with a 0-10 to 0-8 away to Castlegregory who have Alan Fitzgerald back in their ranks after a period away.
It still could not prevent them from a loss however as both sides were level at 0-4 apiece at the break with Tarbert making a better start to the second period and Castle goalkeeper Eoin Kennedy needed to make a big save to stop the North Kerry side from getting a goal.
Tied at 0-7 apiece heading into the final quarter, Tarbert finished the better with three straight points as Brandon Hoare could only grab a consolation for the hosts prior to the final whistle.
The other game played was a 2-10 apiece draw between Finuge and Skellig Rangers as the South Kerry side claimed their first league points for 2019, a week on from securing their Premier Junior Championship status for 2020.
Round 4 in two weeks time sees Laune Rangers host Cordal with Duagh travelling down to Valentia after the South Kerry side were forced to concede a walkover to them in the Club Championships.
There are three district derbies meanwhile, two in South Kerry and one up north. Skellig Rangers host St Michaels / Foilmore, while Renard play host to Waterville Finuge travelling to Tarbert.
Churchill travel west to face Castlegregory in the remaining fixture meanwhile.