Rathmore draw more comfort

County Senior Football League - Division One

Rathmore’s John Moynihan is challenged by Jack O’Neill, Legion, in their County League match at Direen, Killarney on Friday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin
Rathmore’s John Moynihan is challenged by Jack O’Neill, Legion, in their County League match at Direen, Killarney on Friday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Killarney Legion 0-11 Rathmore 0-11 - Considering they were three points down late on, Rathmore will probably view last Friday night's encounter with Legion as a point gained rather than a point lost as a Dean Fitzgerald effort followed by a brace of frees from Chrissy Spiers meant that the match finished level in Direen.

A low scoring affair saw both sides trade points tit-for-tat during much of the first period before Peter McCarthy's point meant that Legion would lead at the break by 0-8 to 0-4.

A brace of points from Finbarr Murphy and a Conor Keane point put them ahead by four in a fast start to the second half for the hosts before they went five clear at 0-10 to 0-5 10 minutes into the second half through Peter McCarthy.

A black card for Darragh O'Doherty was a setback for Legion though as a free from Murphy in the 52nd minute as the stage was set for Fitzgerald and Spiers to salvage a draw for Rathmore and set things up nicely for the visit of Spa in two weeks.

Legion have a daunting trip to Strand Road and while nearly safe from relegation will want to have one last push at forcing their way into the League decider.

St Marys 2-8 Na Gaeil 1-10

At the seventh time of asking St Marys got their first points of the 2019 campaign; whether it's too little too late remains to be seen, but their morale will pick up after two late goals saw them defeat Premier Junior winners Na Gaeil by the narrowest of margins.

Na Gaeil had led by 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time in Con Keating Park thanks to Ian McCarthy and Dara Devine scores but a great save from St Marys goalkeeper Mike Daly meant the South Kerry side only trailed by one at the break.

Muiris Fitzgerald levelled matters after the restart as 1-2 without reply for the Tralee side, Paul Daly their goalscorer appeared to be the end of the matter until Denis and Daniel Daly started getting points and Mike Daly produced another fine save for the hosts.

The winning goals stunned the visitors, however, as St Marys gained some temporary relief from a difficult campaign.

Facing Dr Crokes next will still be daunting but St Marys finally have something on the board, while Na Gaeil know their own hopes of survival hinge on the visit of Kilcummin to Killeen.

Kilcummin 0-15 Dingle 2-11

Another victory for Dingle in Kilcummin as they repeated their Senior Club Championship success at the same venue against the same opposition back in April.

The East Kerry club again found themselves on the back foot with the concession of two early goals as Matthew Flaherty and Billy O'Connor put Dingle into an early 2-1 to 0-0 advantage. Phillip Casey put Kilcummin on the scoreboard and Matthew Keane and Noel Duggan found points but Mikey Boland and George Durrant guided Dingle towards a lead of 2-7 to 0-8 at half-time.

Eoin Brosnan made a great save early in the second period to stop Kilcummin scoring a goal at the concession of a '45' as the East Kerry side came within a point as the second half wore on but crucially never went ahead of the visitors. Barry Dan O'Sullivan put over the insurance score for Dingle as despite Donal Maher, Dan Moynihan and Oscar O'Connor's efforts for the hosts they had to accept a two point defeat in the end.

Kilcummin travel to Na Gaeil next with their hopes of making a League Final hinging on the encounter as Dingle face another relegation threatened side in heading southwards to Templenoe.