Walsh misses out as Rangers book final spot
KERRY'S AFL star Tommy Walsh has been denied the chance to line out in the Kingdom's club SFC final with Kerins O'Rahillys after they were knocked out at the semi-final stage on Saturday.
Playing his second club game in a week since his return home, Walsh could do little as O'Rahillys lost 0-16 to 1-12 to Laune Rangers at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Rangers rattled off the last three points through Seamie Foley, Pa Joy and Johnny Carey to seal victory.
But Walsh could still figure in a Kerry final as O'Rahillys meet West Kerry in a Kerry SFC quarter-final next Sunday. The club championship takes on greater importance because if a divisional team wins the Kerry SFC, then the club champions will represent the county in the Munster club series.
O'Rahillys had led 1-6 to 0-5 after 25 minutes, with former Kerry player Declan Quill grabbing their goal, but a strong Rangers surge saw them lead 0-11 to 1-7 at the break. Their powerful second-half finish booked their final spot against Rathmore, who stunned county champions Dr Crokes in the first semi-final, winning 3-10 to 0-16.
Dr Crokes, missing injured Kerry captain Colm Cooper, raced into a 0-10 to 0-1 lead, which was pegged back to 0-10 to 1-4 at half-time. Rathmore battled all the way to the finish and substitute Paul Reen's goal sealed an amazing comeback.
Cooper is now rated as a 50/50 injury doubt for this weekend's Kerry SFC quarter-final against Austin Stacks -- a repeat of last year's county final that Dr Crokes won.
Meanwhile, in a Kerry SFC quarter-final yesterday, East Kerry advanced with a 2-7 to 1-8 victory over Division 1 league leaders Dingle.
Derry Aherne and Anthony O'Sullivan scored the crucial goals for East Kerry.