O'Rahillys stay top and keep Spa at bottom

Jason O'Connor

NO change at either end of the table as a result of this scoreline, the Tralee side still on top while Spa stayed rooted to the bottom of the table.

Kerins O'Rahillys 1-17 Spa 2-7

Although the East Kerry side were competitive for long stages, Strand Road powered to victory in the final quarter, Barry John Walsh's well-taken goal completing a seven point win for the home side. Rory O'Riordan and Cormac Cronin had Spa level at two points apiece early on but a run of points from Declan Quill, Jack Savage, John Ferguson and Barry John Keane would have O'Rahillys 0-9 to 0-3 in front at half-time.

The woodwork had denied Spa getting a bit closer in the first-half but they had an encouraging response after the restart when substitute Shane Cronin scored the visitors' first goal before Walsh had the home side seven ahead in the final 10 minutes. Andrew Garnett's found the net with a low strike but points from Eugene McGrath and the two Barry John's ensured that the margin remained seven at the end.

Strand Road travel to Lewis Road this weekend looking to reverse their defeat to Dr Crokes in the Senior Club Championship at the same venue while Spa welcome Kilcummin in a crucial match at the other end.

Kilcummin 0-11

Milltown/Castlemaine 0-13

THE visiting Mid Kerry side stayed level in the table with Austin Stacks in second after repeating their Senior Club Championship over Kilcummin a month earlier, this time away from home.

Milltown/Castlemaine scored the opening three points of the game and never lost the lead throughout the match despite the best efforts of the home side. Leading by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time, a total of five points on the day for Ian Twiss as well as some tenacious defending and a physical strong presence were enough for the visitors to withhold a number of goal chances for Kilcummin in the second half.

Shane Murphy and Mike Burke were impressive for Milltown/Castlemaine in their two point win despite Kevin Gorman and Jer Sheehan (who scored five points for the home side) trying hard for the East Kerry side until the final whistle.

Rathmore 1-14

Waterville 1-9

AFTER a competitive first-half, Rathmore dominated the start of the second period to take the win at home to Waterville in Rathbeg, with the South Kerry side giving them plenty to think about in the first period.

Paddy Curran, Barry and Stephen O'Dwyer scored the first three points of the game for the visitors before Donal O'Sullivan scored Rathmore's goal in the 13th minute. Seamus O'Sullivan responded with a goal for Waterville in the 22nd minute to put them 1-5 to 1-2 at that stage but five unanswered points for Rathmore, two frees from John Buckley and single efforts from Brendan O'Keeffe, Mark and Paul Reen had them in front by two at half-time.

Four unanswered points from Conor O'Sullivan, the Reen's and Michael O'Riordan ended the game as a contest around the three-quarter mark despite the Dwyer's of Kevin, Stephen and Sam registering points for Waterville before the final whistle. Rathmore's five point win sets them up nicely for a trip for a trip to St Michaels/Foilmore this Saturday.

Dingle 1-11

St Michaels/Foilmore 1-9

THE cheers at the end probably summed up the sense of relief for Dingle as they finally got their first win of their County League campaign as Gene O'Connor blocked a late, goalbound effort from St Michaels/Foilmore to ensure a narrow two point win on home turf.

Ryan Begley's goal seemed to have the home side in control heading towards half-time but with Eanna O'Connor scoring four of the South Kerry side's five first-half points, Darren O'Sullivan point was followed by Damien Kelly finding the back of the net to give the South Kerry side a 1-5 to 1-4 lead at the break.

Matthew O'Flaherty really stepped up for Dingle in the second-half however, scoring three successive points as Breandán Kelliher, Mark Evans, Jack O Sullivan and Joe Sheehy scored the other points that secured the win despite Sean O'Shea, Bernard Kelly, Sean Fogarty and O'Connor scoring second-half points for St Michaels/ Foilmore.