Monday 23 April 2018

O Ses face life outside elite as An Ghaeltacht suffer the drop

Kieran McCarthy, KERRY round-up

CELEBRATED Kerry brothers Darragh, Tomas and Marc O Se will be playing Division 2 football next season after An Ghaeltacht were relegated from the top tier of league football in the Kingdom yesterday.

The two-time county champions, who lost the 2004 All-Ireland club final to Caltra, had won their final league game last week, but they were depending on other results to fall in their favour over the weekend if they were to survive the drop.

But Laune Rangers winning 2-15 to 1-10 over Rathmore, coupled with Gneeveguilla's 1-10 to 1-7 victory over an under-strength Dr Crokes -- who rested all their star players ahead of next Sunday's Munster club semi-final against Kilmurry-Ibrickane -- was enough to leave An Ghaeltacht tied at the bottom of the table with Annascaul, who were also relegated.

This is the second time in three seasons that An Ghaeltacht have been relegated.

Meanwhile, Kieran Donaghy's Austin Stacks will meet table-toppers Dingle in the Division 1 league final, and the teams played out an entertaining final-round clash yesterday, with Stacks, minus International Rules hero Donaghy, winning 2-12 to 1-13.

Elsewhere, Armagh's McEntee twins have set up a unique double which will see them manage neighbouring teams on Ulster Club Football final day.

Tony steered All-Ireland champions Crossmaglen to another provincial final with an eight-point win over Ballinderry, while John was in charge of the Culloville team which defeated Antrim champions All Saints in the JFC final in an extra-time thriller.

Cross will face either Burren or Latton in the senior decider, while Craigbane of Derry stand in Culloville's way in the junior final.

The McEntees were in the Armagh team which won the county's only All-Ireland in 2002.

Irish Independent

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