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Rathmore Shock Mid Kerry and Kenmare defeat AustinStacks in SFC 2016-10-02 19:05:00


Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals


Rathmore shock Mid Kerry with late goal
Rathmore 1-12 Mid Kerry 0-13

A late late goal from inspired substitution Shane Ryan saw Rathmore shock Mid Kerry to qualify for the semi finals of the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship for the second year in a row at Fitzgerald Stadium this afternoon. The Divisional side had shaped like winners for three quarters of the game but they then lost their shape in the final quarter and the introduction of former Kerry minor goalkeeper Ryan was the catalyst for a tremendous comeback that culminated in a goal in the 60th minute following a misplaced pass out of defence by Mid Kerry. Eoin Lawlor bore down on goal and his shot was well saved by Mike Moriarty but Ryan was on hand to finish the rebound to the net. In the four minutes additional time left, Rathmore easily defended all attempts by a shell shocked Mid Kerry to rescue the situation.

It had all started so well for Mid Kerry. Gary Sayers. Liam Carey and Gavan O’Grady kicked good scores from play by the 4th minute but Rathmore clawed their way back with three pointed frees. But with Darran O’Sullivan an fine form Mid Kerry were scoring points from play for fun and hit six on the trot, including 3 from Gavan O’Grady and 2 from Liam Carey, to one in reply from a Brendan O’Keeffe free to lead by 9 points to 4 by the 27th minute. Shane Ryan had Rathmore’s first from play soon after being introduced but Gary Sayer’s point left Mid Kerry leading by 10 points to 5 at the break, a lead that did not flatter them in the slightest.

John Tyther added another right on the restart for Mid Kerry but they were not to score for another 17 minutes as Rathmore were now defending in numbers. Points from Brendan O’Keeffe and Mark Reen (2) narrowed the gap but in the 44th minute they had a great chance when Shane Ryan was hauled down in the square and Mark Reen’s penalty was well saved by Mike Moriarty with Reen hitting the rebound over the bar. Just two points between the sides now but two quick points from Liam Carey doubled that advantage before Rathmore took over. Brendan O’Keeffe pointed a free; Aidan O’Mahony had an inspirational point, and then Shane Ryan pointed in the 28th minute to leave just a single score in it before the same player became the hero with that late goal.
Scorers:
Rathmore: Shane Ryan 1-2, Mark Reen (2 frees) and Brendan O’Keeffe (frees) 0-4 each, Aidan O’Mahony 0-1. Mid Kerry: Liam Carey 0-5, Gavan O’Grady 0-4, Gary Sayers 0-2, John Tyther and Gavin Evans 0-1 each.

Kenmare District send Austin Stacks crashing out of Championship
Kenmare District 0-15 Austin Stacks 0-12

Kenmare District sent Kerry Club Champions Austin Stacks crashing out of the Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry Senior Football championship in the second game of the Quarter Final double bill at Fitzgerald Stadium this afternoon. It was a ding dong battle throughout but a tremendous final quarter by the Divisional side saw them outscore the Tralee side by 4 points to no score holding the Rockies scoreless for the final 16 minutes played.

South Kerry got the perfect start and had Stacks in all sorts of trouble as they picked off points from all angles with five of their six forwards scoring from play inside the opening 18 minutes after which they led by 7 points to 2. Points from Jack O’Shea, David Mannix (2 frees) and Shane O’Callaghan cut the deficit to a point during a period of Stacks supremacy and Killian Spillane became the sixth Kenmare forward to score before good points were exchanged by Kevin O’Sullivan and Kieran Donaghy to leave Kenmare leading by 9 points to 7 at the break.

Stacks dominated the opening exchanges of the second half with Kieran Donaghy at midfield and Daniel Bohan in fine form and three points inside the opening four minutes saw them take the lead for the first time. Kenmare kept on their coat tails however and replied twice to Stacks points with Kieran Fitzgibbon also saving well from the raiding Pa McCarthy. Stacks moved Kieran Donaghy to full forward in an effort to bolster an attack that was floundering on a rock solid display from Tadhg Morley and subsequently Adrian Spillane came into his own around the middle of the field for the winners. All of the remaining scores came from Paul O’Connor frees around the 40 yards line as Kenmare’s direct running drew fouls but Shane O’Callaghan had a great goal chance at the other end but elected to seek out Donaghy and the ball drifted agonisingly wide of the far post and with it went Stacks’ hopes of a semi final place.

Scorers:
Kenmare District: Paul O’Connor 0-8 (6 Frees), Kevin O’Sullivan 0-2, Killian Spillane, Teddy Harrington, Sean O’Shea, Peter O’Shea, and Stephen O’Brien 0-1 each.
Austin Stacks: David Mannix 0-3 (frees), Fiachna Mangan and Jack O’Shea 0-2 each, Wayne Guthrie (free), Shane O’Callaghan, Daniel Bohan and Kieran Donaghy 0-1 each.

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Football followers in the county are in for a treat this weekend when the quarter finals of the Garveys SuperValu senior football championship are down for decision with two double bill in Tralee and Killarney.

On Sunday,
the focus switches to Fitzgerald Stadium where the opening game at 2pm pits Mid Kerry against Rathmore.

Mid Kerry were far from impressive when accounting for Kilcummin in Round 1 by five points and as we have seen already, were lucky to survive against Dingle after extra time in Round 2 in Killorglin. Rathmore, for their part, recovered from that opening loss on home soil to Dingle to defeat St Brendans by four points and then had a fine victory over a fancied St Kierans side after extra time in Round 3. The border boys will certainly put it up to the divisional outfit on Sunday.

The final quarter final will see Kenmare District take on Austin Stacks at 3:30. The Divisional outfit had rather comfortable victories over St Brendans and later Legion in their two games to date. Stacks easily accounted for East Kerry in their opening game and then very nearly took South Kerry’s scalp In Cahersiveen in Round 2 before going down rather tamely in the replay when on home soil. They had a good victory over West Kerry in Round 3 and will come into this fixture full of confidence following their recent victory over Dr Crokes in the Club Championship final. It will be interesting to see how Kenmare District gel ahead of the upcoming clash of Kenmare and Templenoe in the Intermediate championship final.

All-together, there is an abundance of up and coming footballing talent on view and certainly Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his selectors will be out in force over the weekend to run the rule over some of those aspiring to wear the green and gold in Croke Park at senior level. Extra time, should it be required, applies in all games.

Kerry Minor squad to be presented to the Crowd in Fitzgerald Stadium
The All Ireland winning Kerry Minor team and management will be presented to the crowd between the county championship quarter final matches around 3:20 in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next.

Click here for details of Saturday's games in Austin Stack Park Tralee .