Crokes won a tight battle with Killarney rivals Legion 0-17 to 1-10, with the dismissal of Kerry wingback Jonathon Lyne for abusive language midway through second half proving a huge turning point.
Crokes were on top at midfield with Johnny Buckley leading by example while Kieran O’Leary impressed in attack.
Legion led 1-6 to 0-8 at the interval, with All Star James O’Donoghue scoring the goal moments before the break.
Crokes hit four unanswered points on the restart and once Lyne was sent off, Crokes were always in control, with Colm Cooper scoring five points from frees.
O’Leary hit three while Johnny Buckley and Daithi Casey landed two apiece. O’Donoghue scored 1-2 for losers and Conor Keane finished with five points.
Austin Stacks, even without flu victim Kieran Donaghy, were far too strong for All-Ireland intermediate champions Ardfert, crushing them 2-17 to 1-11.
Stacks led 2-11 to 1-4 at the break with Barry Shanahan and Fiachna Mangan their goal scorers while Martin Ferris netted for the losers. It took a last-minute free in extra- time to earn Spa a replay as they fought back to draw with Kenmare 2-17 to 3-14 in the Intermediate Championship. Elsewhere St Mary’s beat Waterville 2-13 to 1-9 with Bryan Sheehan to the fore while John Mitchels edged out An Ghaeltacht 1-9 to 0-11 after extra time.
The draw for the Garveys SuperValu Senior County Football Championship saw holders Austin Stacks paired with St Michael’s/Foilmore while former champions Dr Crokes are drawn against Shannon Rangers.
Round 1 games to be played on the weekend of May 23 and May 24 with the losers round the following week.
Fixtures will be finalised next week.
KERRY SFC draw: Shannon Rangers v Dr Crokes, Mid Kerry v Legion, Kilcummin v South Kerry, Laune Rangers v West Kerry, St Kieran’s v Feale Rangers, East Kerry v Ardfert, Milltown/CMaine v Dingle, Kerins O’Rahilly’s v Rathmore, Austin Stacks v St Michael’s Foilmore, Kenmare District v St Brendan’s.