Stacks, Spa and O'Rahillys in lead

County Senior Football League - Division One

Templenoe 2-2  Austin Stacks 2-24 - Quite the eye-catching final scoreline between the Senior and Intermediate Club Championship winners but Stacks made full use of the breeze in the second period despite the host's first two scores of the game being their two goals!

Stephen O'Sullivan and John Moriarty ensured raised green flags with a 2-0 to 0-2 advantage but Stacks managed to cope with the breeze they were coming up against in going in leading by 1-9 to 2-1 at the break, Shane O'Callaghan the Tralee side's goalscorer.

Templenoe being reduced to 14 men did not aid matters as John Rice scored their only second-half point as Stacks racked up the points and Darragh O'Brien added a late second goal to see a 22 point margin between the sides at the final whistle. 11 different players scored for the Rockies in this comprehensive success with Darragh O'Brien scoring 1-5 and Ferdia O'Brien scoring 0-4.

Stacks welcome An Gaeltacht to Connolly Park in their next outing. Templenoe must defeat Dingle to realistically have any hope of staying up going towards the final three rounds.

An Ghaeltacht 1-10 Kerins O'Rahillys 2-15

O'Rahillys moved into a share of the lead courtesy of a strong display in Gallarus where they kept the home side scoreless inside the opening 12 minutes as they were clinical at the other end of the pitch themselves.

A Conor Hayes goal helped them to an early 1-5 to 0-1 lead as Ross O'Callaghan followed with a second goal and Barry John Keane added five points in making it a 2-8 to 1-6 lead at the break. An Ghaeltacht's goal came right before half-time as four of their six points in the first-half came from frees.

In total Keane finished with 0-10 (6f) in a comfortable O'Rahillys win as Ryan Carroll scored two points for the victors in the second period.

Some good goalkeeping from An Ghaeltacht prevented the margin from being even more as Shane Foley made a good save at the other end to deny the hosts a consolation second in their eight point defeat. Strand Road host Legion next in what should be an interesting renewal between the sides after a lively Club Championship affair back in April.

An Ghaeltacht hopes of making the League Final no doubt hinge now on their trip to another part of Tralee in facing Stacks.

Spa 1-14 Dr Crokes 0-15

A very significant success for the hosts in not only going into the share of the lead in the table but also getting a morale boosting win over their local rivals. Shane Cronin and Ryan O'Carroll scored the winning points for the hosts in injury time securing victory in a real ding-dong affair.

The match was level at 0-4 apiece after the opening quarter with Spa feeling they should have had a penalty for a foul on David Spillane but Mark Fitzgerald, Michael Casey and Alan O'Sullivan all pointed for the visitors to give them the lead. James Devane had to make a big save to ensure Crokes didn't further extend their lead as although Jack Griffin appeared to give them a four point lead at the break, Niall O'Mahony fed Ciaran Spillane for Spa's goal that made it 0-10 to 1-6 at half-time.

There was never more than one score between the sides in a keenly fought second period as the aid of the crossbar for a Dan O'Donoghue point and another great save by James Devane meant Spa stayed in touch approaching the final 10 minutes with Gary Vaughan putting over another equaliser.

Scorer of five of Crokes' points, Kieran O'Leary was dismissed approaching the closing stages as although Michael Casey put Crokes ahead again, Niall McCarthy's fifth point of the game meant that it was all aboard heading into injury time.

Both the influential Cronin and Carroll put over the winning scores as Spa face a big trip to Rathmore next in the race for a final spot.

For the first time since 2013, Dr Crokes' chance of making a League Final is out of their hands with four games left.

Kerryman

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