Holders serve notice as Feale outclassed

CHAMPIONS South Kerry don’t look like giving up their Kerry SFC title without a fight.

The amalgamation outclassed Feale Rangers 2-13 to 0-6 in their first outing of the 2006 campaign.

Declan O’Sullivan, Bryan Sheehan and Ronan O’Connor had the South Kerry men 0-7 to 0-2 ahead at the interval before goals from corner back Killian Young and Sheehan from a penalty sealed the tie.

County star Colm Cooper was in sensational form as he inspired Dr Crokes to a 17-point victory (4-14 to 1-6) over Kenmare in the third round of the county senior football championship in Killarney last night.

Dr Crokes dominated the game from the outset and two goals by Kerry U21 forward Andrew Kennelly saw the Killarney side lead by eight points at the break, 2-5 to 0-3. Kennelly completed his hat-trick in the second half as Dr Crokes waltzed to a facile win, their fourth goal coming from substitute John Payne.

Earlier in Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium Legion and Milltown/Castlemaine played out an entertaining draw, (1-11 to 0-14). It took a last-gasp free from Legion’s David Murphy to earn his side a second bite of the cherry after it looked as if Milltown/Castlemaine’s Donal Kelliher had booked his side’s place in the last eight with three unanswered points.

Meanwhile, they’ll have to meet again to decide West Kerry bragging rights after Dingle and An Ghaeltacht drew 0-10 apiece in a hectic weekend of Kerry SFC action. The highlight was undoubtedly the meeting of former colleagues at Páirc an Aghasaigh in Dingle, and there was controversy too as Dingle claimed a David Devane effort in the 49th minute was waved wide, despite clearly being a foot inside the upright.

Inspired by the Ó Sés Darragh, Tomás and Marc, An Ghaeltacht held a one-point interval lead and were three points clear (0-9 to 0-6) at the three quarters stage. But Dingle, with substitutes Daniel Ryan and Fintan Smith impressing, came storming back.

Their efforts, coupled with a fine display from Tommy Griffin turned the tide. In the 60th minute, Griffin was fouled and Devane converted before Dingle’s impressive half back Brendan Kelliher came forward to strike over the equaliser deep in injury time.

Also on Saturday, Laune Rangers, inspired by Liam Hassett, secured a four-point win in Kilcummin in a second-round replay (0-11 to 0-7).

Kilcummin, forced to line out without Kerry’s Mike McCarthy (calf strain), led at the break by a point. However with Hassett moved to full forward on the restart, Rangers began to take control and ran out winners.

St Kieran’s somehow contrived to lose in Castleisland on Saturday night. With Seamus Scanlon and Eamon J O’Donoghue dictating midfield affairs, they were ahead 0-8 to 1-3 at the break but Tom O’Connor’s late penalty which would have secured victory sailed over, and not under, the bar.

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