Kerry Club Championship: Intermediate and Junior
Kerry Club Championship Wrap:
Templenoe serve warning with demolition of Glenflesk
By Murt Murphy
Templenoe and An Ghaeltacht reached the County Intermediate Club Final at the Fitzgerald Stadium but in contrasting fashion.
Templenoe demolished Glenflesk with a power packed display as they coasted to a 3-20 to 1-11 win. Adrian Spillane set the tone with goal inside fifteen seconds and two Killian Spillane points followed plus another from Josh Crowley Holland as Templenoe raced 1-3 to 0-1 in front. Killian Spillane added another goal in the 12th minute and Glenflesk were now trailing 2-4 to 0-3 at the end of the opening quarter Jeff O’Donoghue, Ian Roche and Dan O’Brien getting their points.
But it was all Templenoe in the second quarter as they added six points with Killian Spillane, Brian Crowley and Cian Hallissey adding points and four from Glenflesk, Templenoe led 2-10 to 0-7 at the interval and it was effectively game over. Despite a Patrick Darcy goal for Glenflesk, Templenoe adding a succession of points from the Crowley twins, Killian and Adrian Spillane before Pat Spillane (son of the great Pat) scored Templenoe’s third goal to seal a fifteen point win.
They will face An Ghaeltacht in next Sunday’s decider after the West Kerry side beat Dromid Pearses 1-15 to 1-9 but it was only in the final ten minutes that they came good. Chris Farley with 0-5 and Niall O’Shea with 1-1 had Dromid Pearses 1-7 to 1-5 ahead at the interval. Óigí Ó Sé got An Ghaeltacht’s goal but it was 1-9 apiece when the clock hit forty minutes.
Dromid Pearses did not score in the final quarter as An Ghaeltacht repeated their late scoring flourish of earlier games to see off Dromid with six unanswered points from Seán M Ó Conchúir (3), Dara Ó Sé (2) and Eanna Ó Conchúir (1) but they will need to start better in the final.
Na Gaeil who had to play with their injured Kerry midfielder Jack Barry reached their second final in a row with a 0-12 to 1-7 win over a tough Gneeveguilla side. Pa Warren shook Na Gaeil with an early goal but the Tralee side rallied to lead 0-8 to 1-4 but had to face the wind in the second half. Gneeveguilla did not utilize the wind in the second period as Diarmuid O’Connor, Andrew Barry, Dan O’Connor and Damien Burke excelled for the Tralee side. The sides were tied with five to go but Na Gaeil finished the stronger with points from Mike Griffin and Ian McCarthy saw them through to meet St Senan’s on Sunday next.
St Senan’s needed overtime to beat Keel 3-12 to 2-13 with Garry Sayers forcing extra time with a long range free. Sean O’Connell, David Foran who scored 1-2 when he came on and Donal Hunt with an extra time goal were the match winners for St Senans. Interestingly St Senans are managed by Mark Burke who manages Na Gaeil’s minor team and his son Damien plays corner back for Na Gaeil so a divided house this week.
Ballyduff thanks to a late goal from a penalty by Padraig Boyle saw the Div.5 side shock Div.2 side Annascaul by 5-9 to 3-14 with Kerry hurlers Mikey and Podge Boyle scoring 3-6 between them and despite James Crean scoring 1-4 and Jason Hickson scoring 0-7. They will meet Renard who beat Cordal 1-17 to 2-6 with Kerry boss Peter Keane keeping an eye no doubt on Killian Young and Robert Wharton. Darragh Fitzgerald scored 1-5 for the winners while Kevin Curran scored 0-4 and that despite Eamon Nolan scoring two early goals for Cordal.