County League - Relegation and Promotion at a glance

Div 1 - results and roundup by Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie
Dingle is guaranteed Co League Final spot but everything else up for grabs.

 

  • Dingle 2-12 Ardfert 2-7
  • St Michael's Foilmore 1-16 Dr Crokes 0-4
  • Rathmore 2-16 Legion 0-10
  • Annascaul 1-15 Laune Rangers 1-12
  • Kerins O'Rahillys 0-13 An Ghaeltacht 0-9
  • Austin Stacks 0-12 Gneeveguilla 0-8

 

Some of the stories behind the above games - Tommy Walsh did not take long to get accustomed to the round ball, as he played a starring role in inspiring his club Kerins O'Rahillys to a vital 0-13 to 0-9 win over Marc O'Se inspired An Ghaeltacht in the Co League Div 1 and this win means O'Rahillys have secured top flight football for another year.
Walsh kicked two early points to settle his side and then set up Kerry player Barry John Keane to kick a couple as O'Rahillys lead 0-5 to 0-3 at the interval with Declan Quill also kicking two points.
. Despite the best efforts of the Mac Gearailt's Aodhan and Tomas and the superb Marc O'Se (brother Tomas did not play), O'Rahillys with Mike Quirke, Tommy Walsh, Barry John Keane and Declan Quill to the fore, proved too strong with Giles O'Grady kicking two points on the trot to leave the Blues leading 0-9 to 0-4.
Aodan Mac Gearailt kicked a point and further points from Padraig Og O'Se and his cousin Marc closed the gap.
However O'Rahillys was too strong and points from Barry John Keane, Declan Quill (2) and Bally John Keane from a Tommy Walsh assist saw Kerins O'Rahillys secure the brace of league points they required.
Elsewhere in the top flight Dingle beat Ardfert 2-11 to 2-7 to guarantee their League final spot with Kerry sub Daithi Geaney unstoppable while Kieran Donaghy Daniel Bohan inspired Stacks to beat Gneeveguilla by four points and Rathmore hammered the Legion who to be fair had a big wedding on Friday when one of their players Nigel Shevlin got married so that might explain the one sided nature of the that contest.
Annascaul were involved a relegation battle with Laune Rangers knowing a defeat would mean certain relegation. Annascaul led 1-7 to 1-3 at the interval with Shane Foley getting the Annascaul goal and Brendan O'Driscoll and Jason Hickson along with veteran Gene Farrell kicked some vital points. Shane McSweeney was having a mighty game at midfield for Rangers kicking a couple of points, Mike Frank Russell got one while Peter Crowley got their goal.
The second half was played at championship pace with both sides not giving an inch as Jason Hickson finished with five points and Emmet Kennedy with two while Shane McSweeney had four from midfield for Rangers and despite an exciting finish Annascaul hung on for a 1-15 to a 1-12 win.
Gneeveguilla led by four at the break but Stacks came good in the second half with their county men to fore and kept their league final hopes alive with a 0-12 to 0-8 win.

The situation in Division 1 is that Dingle are in the league final as they finish on 18 pts and they are assured home advantage for the final. However Austin Stacks are in second place on 15 pts but must travel to Dingle in their final game while Rathmore are just a point behind on 14pts and they will play Laune Rangers away. So it would appear that Dingle have the big say on who the finalists are going to be.

Meanwhile at the other end of the table a few things have been cleared up. St Michael's Foilmore thanks to their win over Crokes join the Killarney side on 10 pts and are safe as are Kerins O'Rahillys Legion and Ardfert on 9 pts.

As for relegation Gneeveguilla and Laune Rangers are on 7pts each, while An Ghaeltacht and Annascaul are on 6pts each and any two from four will be relegated.
Looking at the games that are left, Laune Rangers must play Rathmore who are the only team that have something to play for while Annascaul take on St Michaels Foilmore, Dr Crokes take on Gneeveguilla and An Ghaeltacht are away to Ardfert, so one cannot rule out a play off.

Division 2

Promotion and Relegation to go down to the wire

After the weekend results its is still Spa and Milltown Castlemaine who are deadlocked on 16 pts on top of the table, Kilcummin are on 14 pts if any of the top two slip up while Kenmare 11 , St Pats and Finuge are all on 10 points. Desmonds are on 9 pts and safe while Skellig Rangers are on 8pts while Listowel Emmets did themselves massive favours by winning and moving to 7 pts.
However Glenflesk and St Marys are on six points while Castlegregory are on five points and look to be in trouble. . There is one back game between Finuge and Skellig Rangers which wont really affect things.
However you could not rule out play-offs as Castlegregory are home to Emmets in the final game and St Marys have to travel to Kilcummin who could finish second while Glenflesk may have the easier fixture of the bottom clubs as they will be facing Finuge who are safe but it promises to be a nail biting finish at both ends of the table


Div 3

Waterville and Tarbert in pole positions after weekend games

Waterville go one point clear at the top here on 15 points following their narrow win over Currow, with Tarbert's one point win over Beaufort seeing them move into second place on 14 points. Currow stay on 13 and will play Dromid Pearses in their final game while Tarbert are at home to doomed Tousist while Waterville has to travel to Glenbeigh/Glencar who is safe so there is the possibility of no change at the top.
Firies are 12
Dromid and Glenbeigh/Glencar are on an 11pts, Cordal on 9 pts while Beaufort, John Mitchels and Keel on 8pts, Sneem Derrynane on 5 and Tousist on 5. This means that Sneem/Derrynane along with Tousist is relegated to Div 4 for season. So Waterville are assured at a play off for Division 2 football next year while the second promotion spot is open.


Division 4

Ballymac guaranteed at least a play off for promotion but relegation unclear


Despite leaders Ballymac being beaten by Na Gaeil , they remain on top , on 15 pts and are assured of at least a play off for promotion. Duagh have moved into second on 13pts and its St Senans and Na Gaeil on 12pts , Scartaglin 8pts - three teams on 7 pts, Lispole, Beale and Brosna with Fossa on the bottom with 6pts.