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Paudie Clifford of East Kerry in action against Brandon Barrett of St Brendan’s during the County SFC Semi-final match between East Kerry and St Brendan’s at Austin Stack Park in Tralee. Photo by Sportsfile

Paudie Clifford of East Kerry in action against Brandon Barrett of St Brendan’s during the County SFC Semi-final match between East Kerry and St Brendan’s at Austin Stack Park in Tralee. Photo by Sportsfile

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Paudie Clifford of East Kerry in action against Brandon Barrett of St Brendan’s during the County SFC Semi-final match between East Kerry and St Brendan’s at Austin Stack Park in Tralee. Photo by Sportsfile

Football sure is a funny old game! In their quarter-final encounter with St Kierans, East Kerry emerged victorious after a classic contest where they were put to the pin of their collar before they scraped over the line. Somewhat fortuitously, it might be said, but it was a wonderful sporting occasion and the champions showed their resolve to pass the test.

Yet, leaving Austin Stack Park that evening, Jerry O'Sullivan would have been worried to some degree. Seeing star man David Clifford sent off on a straight red card in injury-time wouldn't have been the only thing keeping him awake that night either.

Conceding five goal chances to an ebullient St Kierans would have furrowed O'Sullivan's brow completely, as would the failure of his midfield to effectively function to a significantly-impressive level in the absence of injured county panellist Liam Kearney.