Eight line up behind An Ghaeltacht
The fact both of the top two teams in advance of last weekend's play were both defeated has really opened matters up for the moment with only two points separating all bar those in the relegation zone for the time being.
The issue of the scoreline in the Rathmore versus Kerins O'Rahillys fixture was settled last Wednesday night with the Munster Council upholding the CCC's decision to agree with the proposition of Kerins O'Rahillys that the final scoreline in their Round 3 encounter should have been 3-13 to 2-15 in O'Rahillys' favour. The Division One table has now been updated to reflect same.
An Ghaeltacht 2-14, Dr Crokes 3-15
AFTER the joy of their win in Comortas Peil, the League leaders got brought back down to earth slightly as Dr Crokes scored a crucial goal before the break, through Kieran O'Leary that allowed them to lead at the break by 1-6 to 0-7. A lively start to the second period saw three goals in short succession, two for the hosts and one from Jordan Kiely for Crokes to level the game at 2-7 apiece.
Chris Brady scored Dr Crokes' third goal in the 41st minute to give them a lead they did not surrender as the Killarney side outscored An Ghaeltacht by 0-8 to 0-5 to win by four points and join the eight-club tie on six points in the table! Crokes host Legion this weekend with both sides part of this eight-way tie.
Spa 3-10, Kilcummin 1-15
It went all the way down to the wire between the East Kerry neighbours on Sunday afternoon but two goals in quick succession early in the second period were a big factor for Spa in defeating Kilcummin by a single point. David Spillane for the hosts and Shane McSweeney for the visitors registered goals in the opening quarter as they were level at 1-4 apiece.
Kilcummin hit a purple patch before half-time in going in front at 1-9 to 1-5 but the match swung in favour of Spa when Ryan O'Carroll and Shane Cronin scored two goals within four minutes of the restart to give them the lead at 3-5 to 1-10. Three points from Mike 'Stam' O'Donoghue and a Cormac Cronin extended their advantage before Noel Duggan and Matt Keane brought Kilcummin back within a point.
James Devane made a big save to stop Kilcummin getting a goal as an injury to Andrew Garnett looked to be a setback to Spa with 10 minutes of additional time to be played. David Spillane gave them an insurance two-point advantage as despite a further point from Duggan and a chance of an equaliser, the Spa defence held firm in the victors joining Kilcummin on six points in the table. Kilcummin will look to bounce back straight away at home to St Marys this weekend.
Killarney Legion 3-18, Na Gaeil 0-5
ANOTHER tough lesson for the Premier Junior Champions on life in the top flight as Legion pretty ruthlessly got the better of them of them by 22 points. The Killarney side had amassed 1-6 before Na Gaeil registered their first score with Kieran Slattery's goal making it 2-12 to 0-2 at half-time.
A third goal only compounded a day to forget for Na Gaeil as they only scored five points in total. Whether hosting Spa is an better for them this weekend remains to be seen but a result is necessary you feel to avoid being cut adrift at the halfway stage.
• Kerins O'Rahillys can go into a share of the lead with an Ghaeltacht before anyone else by virtue of their game against Templenoe being on Friday night, as the West Kerry side can maintain their lead at the top should they come away from Rathbeg against Rathmore with a draw. It's not entirely impossible either that there could be a six-way share of the lead if a certain set of results pans out this weekend!
Austin Stacks 0-16, Kerins O'Rahillys 1-9
ALTHOUGH O'Rahillys won off the pitch with the Munster Council effectively confirming a Round 3 win for them over Rathmore, the local bragging rights in Tralee are with Austin Stacks for the moment as the Rockies overcame a poor finish to the first half to win by four points.
There appeared to be little wrong for Stacks when Shane O'Callaghan, Darragh O'Brien Fiachna Mangan and Darragh O'Brien helped them to a 0-6 to 0-1 lead after 15 minutes but Strand Road hit 1-5 without reply, Barry John Keane getting three of those points and Gearóid Dillane their goalscorer in the 29th minute, to lead 1-6 to 0-7 at the break.
Stacks hit a purple patch after the restart in much the same way they started the first as Sean Quilter, Dylan Casey and Joseph O'Connor featured in the second period, fresh from playing with the Kerry U-20's against Dublin.
O'Callaghan and O'Brien finished with 0-9 of Stacks' total as Kieran Donaghy also scored a point for the victors. Shane Foley in goal, David Murphy and Ross O'Callaghan along with Aaron Roche and Paudie Griffin impressed for O'Rahillys despite their loss as Stacks travel to Dingle on Sunday.