Castleisland Mart Club Championship Football
A big weekend of Castleisland Mart Club Championship Football in store
This coming weekend is a big weekend for the Castleisland Mart Club Championships with three finals down for decision in various grades. First up on Saturday is the Junior Premier Championship Final between Dromid Pearses and Firies in Killorglin at 4pm. There is a double bill in Austin Stack Park on Sunday where An Ghaeltacht meet Templenoe in the Intermediate final at 3pm and Castlegregory play Listry in the Junior Final at 1pm.
An Ghaeltacht and Templenoe meet in the Intermediate Final
The meeting of An Ghaeltacht and Templenoe in the Castleisland Mart Intermediate football final in Austin Stack Park on Sunday (throw-in 3pm) has certainly raised the interest of GAA followers in the county. Both have had a high profile in recent times. An Ghaeltacht have secured a place in the final of Division 1 of the county League while they also backboned the West Kerry Divisional side to a county semi final providing no less than twelve of the starting fifteen in that defeat to Dr Crokes. The injury received in that game by Tomás Ó Sé will be a big worry to the Gaeltacht management duo of Marc Ó Sé and Conall Ó Cruadhlaoich. The West Kerry side have defeated Gneeveguilla and Ardfert in the 1st Round and quarter final respectively, bot in Gallarus and then they accounted for St Marys in the semi final by a twelve points margin.
Templenoe of course will recall that following their Junior final victory in 2015 they went on to claim the All Ireland Junior title last year but 2016 will also be remembered as the year when they lost out to neighbours Kenmare in the county Intermediate final. They finished a very creditable 4th in Division 1 of the county League five points behind Sunday’s opponents. They also have injury problems with Patrick Clifford and Adrian Spillane doubtful. Templenoe defeated Waterville, Glenbeigh-Glencar and Laune Rangers en route to Sunday’s final.
This promises to be an intriguing battle between two good footballing sides with the major prize of a place in the Senior football championship to look forward to for the winners. Should the sides finish level then a replay applies given that the winners will not be in Munster Intermediate Club action until the weekend of November 12th when they meet Mallow or the Waterford champions. Referee is James O’Sullivan (Firies).
Dromid Pearses and Firies meet in Junior Premier Decider
Dromid Pearses and Firies meet in the Castleisland Mart Intermediate Championship final in Killorglin on Saturday next, a game that throws in at 4pm.
There is certainly a gap between the sides when it comes to the League. Dromid Pearses were in Division 3 this past season and gained promotion to Division 2 for next year while Firies finished 6th in Division 4. Dromid defeated Renard and Fossa in the 1st Round and Quarter finals respectively, both by narrow margins but had it relatively all their own way when defeating Skellig Rangers in the semi final. Firies had comfortable victories over St Senans and Keel in their first two games scoring three goals in each and they got another three when surprising Na Gaeil in the semi final. Indeed all of their opponents finished ahead of them in the League with Na Gaeil and Keel topping Divisions 3 and 4 respectively while St Senans were also a Division 3 team.
Extra time will apply to this game in the event of a draw at full time given that the winners are away to Clare champions Naomh Eoin on the following weekend. Referee for this game is Seamus Mulvihill (St Senans).
Castlegregory and Listry contest the Junior Club Final On Sunday
The curtain raiser in the Castleisland Mart Club Championship double bill on Sunday (1pm) is the meeting of Castlegregory and Listry at 1pm. Castlegregory are no strangers to Club Championship finals having gone all the way to win the All Ireland Junior title in 2010. They have slipped down to Division 5 since that glorious day but they are back up in Division 4 this year and have defeated Scartaglen, Duagh and Tuosist on the way to Sunday’s final. Listry, under the management of former Dr Crokes All Ireland winning captain Seanie O’Shea , have been playing their football in Division 2 of the League these past couple of years, not withstanding the fact that they were relegated this year and they have had tough encounters against Asdee, Tarbert and Lispole on their way to the final which should stand them in good stead. Extra time applies in the event of a draw and the game will be refereed by Eamonn Moran (Ballydonoghue).