O’Rahilly’s win is all the more meritorious, given the fact that two of their Kerry players carried injuries into the game, David Moran (back) and Barry John Keane (ankle) and both were called ashore in the second half.
East Kerry looked the better side in the opening quarter, when they led 1-2 to 0-3. This was thanks to a superb 10th minute goal from wing-back, Shane Cronin, who collected a pass from Andrew Garnett, before embarking on a 50-yard run and a sublime finish.
O’Rahilly’s introduced Tommy Begley and Ross O’Callaghan to bolster their defence, and moved Tommy Walsh to midfield. These moves transformed the game in the Tralee side’s favour.
With Walsh dominating the centre his inside forwards, led by Jack Savage who finished with 1-9, began to wreak havoc. Savage’s goal edged O’Rahilly’s 1-3 to 1-2 ahead and very quickly the floodgates opened.
Cormac Coffey switched to curb the marauding Shane Cronin, Walsh ruled midfield and Savage was leading by example. Things went from bad to worse for East Kerry when sub Ross O’Callaghan goaled just before the break to leave the visitors trailing 1-5 to 2-9 at the interval. Jeff O’Donoghue gave East Kerry hope with an early second-half point, but O’Rahilly’s simply upped gears. Moments later Tommy Walsh crossed for Greg O’Connell to net their third goal. The hosts added 1-9 before the end with David McLoughlin netting their fourth while Declan Quill landed two late points after his arrival off the bench.
Paudie Clifford got a late consolation goal but it was impressive Kerins O’Rahilly’s who reach the last eight.
J Savage 1-9 (0-6 frees), J Ferguson 1-1, G O’Connell and D McLoughlin 1-0 each, B J Keane, T Walsh and D Quill 0-2 each, C Coffey, J O’Connor and R O’Callaghan 0-1 each.
S Cronin 1-2, M O’Donoghue 0-4 (0-2 frees), P Clifford 1-0, J Sherwood and J O’Donoghue 0-1 each.
G Kissane, D O’Sullivan, G O’Grady, S Brosnan, C Coffey, K Walsh, C Sayers, D Moran, C Barrett, J O’Connor, B J Keane, D McLoughlin, J Savage, T Walsh, G O’Connell.
T Begley for G O’Grady (15), R O’Callaghan for K Walsh (15), J Ferguson for C Barrett (b/c 29), G Duffy for B J Keane (43), G O’Brien for D Moran (50), D Quill for G O’Connell (51).
C Myers (Fossa), M B Murphy (Gneeveguilla), J Sherwood (Fires), D Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), S Cronin (Spa), D O’Donoghue (Spa), S Lynch (Spa), G O’Sullivan (Listry), A Garnett (Spa), M O’Donoghue (Spa), J O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), B O’Brien (Listry), R Buckley (Listry), L Kearney (Spa), D Roche (Glenflesk).
T O’Leary (Gneeveguilla) for D Brosnan (15 B/C), P Clifford (Fossa) for B O’Brien (25), L O’Donoghue (Glenflesk) for D Roche (29), M Finnegan (Spa) for D O’Donoghue (42).
B Griffin (Clounmacon).