Kenmare go to top of Division Two
County Senior Football League
New leaders as we approach the final four games of the campaign with Glenbeigh/Glencar's first loss of the campaign coupled with Kenmare Shamrocks getting the better of Glenflesk putting Kenmare on top.
The Mid Kerry side struggled below in Dromid as the South Kerry side made a strong start through points from both Niall O'Shea and Chris Farley but John O'Shea's flick of the ball into the net ensured that the hosts would lead by 1-6 to 0-4 at half-time. Padraig and Gearóid 'Jackie' O'Sullivan were key figures in Dromid's 1-10 to 0-6 win as their defence restricted Glenbeigh/Glencar to only scores from Jason McKenna and Darran O'Sullivan in the second period.
Kenmare's win also left Glenflesk in big relegation trouble as although both sides finished with 14 men, the Shamrocks got the goals that mattered in winning out by seven points. Glenflesk made the better start before Kevin O'Sullivan drew Kenmare level as although Dara Crowley was dismissed for a second yellow card, David Hallissey scored the first of their two goals before the break to lead by 1-4 to 0-5.
Glenflesk did start the second period better with a fine point from midfielder Jeff O'Donoghue as a further four point run which included a free from goalkeeper Marc Kelliher as well as a Dara Fleming effort had them 0-10 to 1-6 in front. As tensions rose a second yellow card for O'Donoghue proved to be a big setback for the East Kerry side despite leading by one still, with five minutes left. Dara O'Shea scored Kenmare's second goal with the aid of the posts as two Paul O'Connor points and a long range effort from Brian Clifford meant it finished 2-12 to 0-11 in the Shamrocks favour.
Glenflesk are bottom of the table now with only one win from their seven games as Annascaul and Beaufort played out a cracking 0-16 to 2-10 draw in Paddy Kennedy Memorial Park. Although the hosts led by 0-3 to 0-1 early on, a personal total of 1-4 in the first period for Fergal Hallissey meant the visitors led by 1-5 to 0-4 at the break. Maintaining a four-point advantage was a theme of the game for Beaufort up to the three-quarter mark as the win did start to blow more favourably in Annascaul's direction.
Sean Coffey had to produce two outstanding saves in the Beaufort goal to stop James Crean (on both occasions) putting the hosts in front but when the same player did level the game at 1-9 to 0-12 with six minutes left, Beaufort responded in style. Nathan Breen finished off a good move involving Hallissey and Liam Carey with a sweet strike for their second goal but Annascaul would not wilt as Jason Hickson, who finished with 0-8 (3f, 2 '45's) and a fourth point for Crean putting Annascaul ahead in injury time. Liam Carey drew a free that he converted to ensure that the match finished in a draw as Annascaul and Dromid Pearses now share third place in the table on nine points.
Either Beaufort or Ballymacelligott could go level with them after Saturday evening in a back game from May that would see a winner move level with the West or South Kerry sides or see both Beaufort and Ballymacelligott stay level on points with a draw.
John Mitchels moved up to seven points in the table with a 1-11 to 0-8 win over Brosna overcoming the absence of some regulars through injury in a game they led by 0-6 to 0-3 at the break.
Ballymacelligott and fellow St Kierans side Castleisland Desmonds played out a lively 3-11 apiece draw as four of the six goals in proceedings would come in the second period after Desmonds having led by 1-6 to 1-4 at the break. Although Desmonds scored the first goal of the second period, Ballymac responded with two to go into a lead of 3-5 to 2-7 after 45 minutes. They led by three with six minutes left as Desmonds third goal levelled the match up at 3-8 apiece. Ballymac took a further two point lead before Desmonds secured a share of the spoils to find themselves in a three way tie with Ardfert and Brosna on four points.
Ardfert got the better of Crokes B in the other match played at the weekend by 2-13 to 1-9, only their second win of the campaign as a trip to Beaufort in the next round brings two All-Ireland Junior Club champions together.
The visit of Glenflesk to Glenbeigh/Glencar will be crucial to both ends of the table as Kenmare travel to Desmonds hoping to keep themselves on top. Dr Crokes B host Dromid Pearses as there is another match against a St Kierans side for Ballymac in this time hosting Brosna.
Annascaul travel to John Mitchels in the other game in Round 8.