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SFC-– Relegation Playoffs Roundup 2015-11-07 22:28:00

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship – Relegation Playoffs Roundup

Last year’s champions Austin Stacks are tethering on the brink of relegation to Intermediate status following the first round of Relegation Playoff games played today. The Rockies were defeated by a fired up Milltown Castlemaine while elsewhere, Kerins O’Rahillys, Kilcummin and Rathmore all preserved their Senior status with victories over Laune Rangers, St Michaels Foilmore and Ardfert respectively. So Austin Stacks, Ardfert, St Michaels Foilmore and Laune Rangers go into the Draw for Round 2 of the playoffs. The losers of the Round 2 games are relegated to Intermediate status while the two winners advance to meet each other in Round 3 with the losers of the Round 3 game being the third team relegated.
The Draw for Round 2 will be made at Monday night’s CCC meeting.

Milltown Castlemaine 2-9 Austin Stacks 2-6
A fired up Milltown Castlemaine side caused an up set in the first game in Castleisland when defeating a fancied Austin Stacks side. Wind assisted, the Mid Kerry side hit the ground running from the start, were four points up inside the opening nine minutes and though this lead was halved by the break, a goal just after the restart gave them the momentum for the remainder of the game.
Three Jack McCarthy points and another from Jerome Flynn gave Milltown that early lead but Stacks hit back with a goal from Sean Ryan after a good move involving Greg Horan and Shane Guthrie and a point from Guthrie had the sides on level terms at the end of the first quarter, Against the wind, Stacks were content to play the ball around but Jonathan O’Sullivan and Brendan Delaney pointed to leave the winners 0-6 to 1-1 ahead at the break.
The game came to life two minutes after the restart when Jack Mccarthy punched powerfully to the net after a good run by Shane Murphy and though Jack O’Shea and Shane O’Callaghan replied, another McCarthy point saw Milltown 1-7 to 1-3 ahead at the three quarter stage. The game became fractious and Stacks were reduced to 14 men and as the sides trade points Conor Jordan then left a score between the sides 1-8 to 1-5 with five to go. The game then turned; Stacks were awarded a close in free and someone came out of the pack, went for broke and fired a rasper of a quick free which hit the post and rebounded to safety. The play switched to the other end and Donal Kelleher finished to the Stacks net with a minute of normal time to go. Stacks did finish with a goal from Darragh O’Brien and a point from Kieran Donaghy but Cathal Moriarty had the insurance score for Milltown in the 62nd minute.
Jack McCarthy 1-4, Donal Kelleher 1-0, Cathal Moriarty, Jonathan O’Sullivan, Jerome Flynn, and David Roche 0-1 each.
Austin Stacks:
Sean Ryan and Darragh O’Brien 1-0 each, Shane O’Callaghan 0-2, Conor Jordan, Jack O’Shea, Wayne Guthrie, and Kieran Donaghy 0-1 each.

Kerins O’Rahillys 1-12 Laune Rangers 0-9
Kerins O’Rahillys preserved their senior status with a hard earned win over Laune Rangers in the second game at Castleisland on Saturday evening. While Rahillys were always shaping like winners they were made fight all the way by a plucky Rangers side who refused to throw in the towel at any stage. With Barry John Keane in fine form Rahillys edged 4 points to 2 ahead by the end of the first quarter and Ross O’Callaghan came up to increase that lead minutes later. Mike Frank pointed for Rangers but David McLoughlin and Jack Savage increased Rahillys lead and after wing back Ronan Sayers pointed, the winners led by 7 to 4 at the break with wind advantage to come for Rangers.
Jack Savage pointed on the restart and in the 37th minute the same player took a pass from Kieran O’Mahony and drove to the Rangers net to give his side a 1-8 to 0-4 lead. Rangers could easily have wilted but they kept coming forward and Mike Frank and Chris Riordan reduced the lead and with ten to go two points from John O’Shea, the second of which should have been a goal, and another from Cian Sayers had the margin down to a goal. Rahillys weathered the storm however and two points from Barry John and another from Decla.n Quille left the final margin at 6 points.

Rathmore 1-13 Ardfert 0-5
In Ballymacelligott, Rathmore had little difficulty in disposing of the challenge of an understrength Ardfert side. The winners led 1-10 to 0-3 at the break and were never threatened during a lack lustre second half.

Kilcummin 3-12 St Michaels Foilmore 3-7

St Michaels Foilmore gave favourites Kilcummin a rare fright at Killorglin before the East Kerry side came good in the final quarter to preserve their senior status that stretches back to 1998. The South Kerry side struck three goals during the first 24 minutes and led by 3-2 to 1-7 at the break. The still led by two at the three quarter stage but a goal from Kelvin Teahan swung the game in Kilcummin’s favour.

           Intermediate Relegation Playoffs

Brosna 0-9 Keel 0-8

All Ireland Junior Champions Brosna have preserved their Intermediate Status following victory over Keel in in Farranfore. Keel scored the first two points through Gary Sayers and Aaron Murphy but Brosna had pulled level by the tenth minute with points from Tom McGoldrick and Timmy Finnegan. Murphy and McGoldrick exchanged points before Keel pulled away into a three point lead through Sayers (2) and Murphy. However Brosna worked hard and kicked the last three points of the half, from McGoldrick, Adam Barry and Finnegan to leave it 6 points apiece at half time.
The second half was low scoring with Keel kicking numerous wides or dropped short into Conor Kiely’s hands. Murphy and McGoldrick swapped points before Gary Sayers put Keel up a point entering the final quarter. Keel had the majority of possession but couldn't extend their lead and two late frees from the clinical Tom McGoldrick left the final score Brosna 0-9 Keel 0-8
Brosna: Tom McGoldrick 0-6(5f), Timmy Finnegan 0-2, Adam Barry 0-1;
Keel: Gary Sayers 0-4(1f), Aaron Murphy0-4(3f)

Gneeveguilla 0-11 Annascaul0-9

Gneeveguilla withstood a late comeback by Annascaul in Milltown to preserve their Intermedaite status.
Gneeveguilla retained their Intermediate status by defeating Annascaul by two points in Milltown on Saturday. Annascaul opened the scoring with two quick points from James Scanlon and James Crean but Gneeveguilla responded with points from Padraig O'Connor and Donie O'Connor. Further points from Ciaran O'Connor, Fergus McAulliffe and Corneilus Buckley extended Gneeveguilla's lead. Annauscaul lost midfielder James Scanlon and only registered one more point before half time from the boot of Eamon Hickson leaving it Gneeveguilla 0-08 Annauscaul 0-03 at the break.

Annauscaul started the second half brightly but the excellent Patrick O'Riordan in the Gneeveguilla goal was in top form as the losers narrowed the gap bit by bit. Annauscaul were always chasing the game however and further points from Don Murphy and Micheal Murphy helped Gneeveguilla to a two point win as referee Peter Lyons blew the final whistle.