Senior Football Championship - Round 3
Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship
West Kerry 1-18 Killarney Legion 0-18
West Kerry came good in extra time to claim a Quarter final place and dismiss a Legion side who were shaping like winners for a lot of the game.
With Conor Keane outstanding, Legion got the better start and had three points on the board in the first four minutes with Keane supplying two of those. West Kerry settled and had four points on the trot with Dara Ó Sé getting a brace but the sides were on level terms on 5 points apiece at the end of the first quarter with Conor Keane doubling his tally of points. Tomás and Ogie Ó Sé added points for the West but Jamie O’Sullivan and James O’Donoghue with an effort that should have been a goal responded as the game opened up. Further points from play and a free by Conor Keane saw Legion retire at the break a point to the good, 9 points to 8 and West Kerry bemoaning the fact that they hit nine wides during the half.
Colm Ó Muirceartaigh and Tomás Ó Séput West Kerry in front on the restart but Keane equalised in the 40th minute at which stage the sides were level, 10 points apiece. The twin threat of Keane and O’Donoghue put Legion two clear but the game was turned on its head in the 51st minute when Eanna Ó Conchúir, Declan O’Sullivan combined to put Dara Ó Sé through for a goal the ball being well saved initially by Brian Kelly. Legion, with Jamie O’Sullivan kicking two good scores from long range fought back well to level the game and in the 30th minute O’Sullivan put Legion ahead only for Sean Micheál Ó Conchúir to equalise from a pressure free in the 64th minute to force extra time and leave the score reading 1-13 for West Kerry to 0-16 for Legion.
The sides swapped two points apiece in the first period of extra time but West Kerry had by far the better of the final period with Dara Ó Sé (2) and James Crean pointing and Legion had one last chance when Denis Sheahan shot low and hard but just wide for a fruitless “45”.
Scorers: West Kerry: Dara Ó Sé 1-5 (0-1 free), Eánna Ó Conchúir, Sean Micheál Ó Conchúir (0-1 free), Tomás Ó Sé, Padraig Óg Ó Sé, James Crean (0-1 free) 0-2 each, Colm Ó Muirceartaigh, Declan O’Sullivan, PJ Mac Láimh 0-1 each. Killarney Legion: Conor Keane 0-8 (0-2 frees), James O’Donoghue (0-3 frees) and Jamie O’Sullivan 0-4 each, Shaun Keane, Conor Culloty, 0-1 each.