Lively West Kerry in full control

WEST KERRY brushed past a disappointing Kerins O’Rahillys in this one-side Kerry SFC quarter-final at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Saturday.

Defensively the amalgamation were very strong with Tomás Ó Sé dominant throughout while their attack often punched through the O’Rahillys defence. For the second game in three weeks since his return from St Kilda’s, Tommy Walsh came off second best against Marc Ó Sé.

West Kerry were slow to settle and O’Rahillys led 0-3 to 0-1 after ten minutes with points from Walsh, Barry John Keane and Declan Quill. But West Kerry took charge for the next 20 minutes with a Declan Quill’s ‘45 the sole response from the Tralee side.

The victors were denied two goal opportunities when David Hennessy made a superb save from Seán M Ó Conchúir and Emmet Kennedy in quick succession. But West Kerry’s hard work paid off and points from Declan O’Sullivan (2), Seán M Ó Conchúir, Alan Fitzgerald, and Jason Hickson had them leading 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.

After Ó Conchúir and Kieran O’Mahony swapped early points, West Kerry were denied a 40th minute goal when Hennessy somehow managed to tip over a Fitzgerald effort.

O’Rahillys rallied briefly with points from Brian Moran and Quill but then in the 46th minute Hennessy was caught in no man’s land and Fitzgerald shot to an empty net for a 1-8 to 0-6 lead. There was no way back for below par O’Rahillys as West Kerry reached the semi-finals without breaking sweat.

Scorers for West Kerry: A Fitzgerald 1-2 (0-1 free), S M O Conchuir 0-3, J Hickson and D O’Sullivan 0-2 each, J B Spillane 0-1.

Scorers for Kerins O’Rahillys: D Quill 0-2 (0-1 free), B J Keane 0-2 (0-1 free), T Walsh, B Moran and K O’Mahony 0-1 each.

WEST KERRY: T Mac an tSaoir (An Ghaeltacht), P O’Sullivan (Lispole), M Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), D O’Se (An Ghaeltacht), T Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), J Farrell (Annascaul), E Hickson (Annascaul), E Kennedy (Annascaul), J B Spillane (Castlegregory) , B O’Driscoll (Annascaul), A Fitzgerald (Castlegregory) N McKenna (Annascaul), J Hickson (Annascaul), D O’Sullivan (Lispole), S M Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht).

Subs: Micheal O’Shea (Castlegregory) for S M Ó Conchúir, G Farrell (Annascaul) for D O’Sullivan, J Scanlon (Annascaul) for E Kennedy (Annascaul).

KERINS O’RAHILLYS: D Hennessy; D O’Sullivan, M O’Shea, S Brosnan; P Begley , B O’Shea, R O’Callaghan; B Moran, M Quirke; G O’Grady, J O’Connor, BJ Keane, D Quill, T Walsh, J O’Connor.

Subs: T O’Sullivan for K O’Mahony, D McLoughlin for G O’Grady, D Flaherty for D Quill, J Nolan for R O’Callaghan.

Referee: Donal Casey (Scartaglin).

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