With so much talk about the introduction of basketball coaches to football, it seems that many scribes have missed the fact that two of Kerry’s finest basketball players are in charge of two of Kerry’s finest club sides.
Before Saturday evening’s match, Dr Crokeslay second in County League Division 1 with Kerins O’Rahillys hot on their heels in third place.
After 5 Rounds of the cup competition, the final standings were as follows - 1 East Kerry 8pts 2 Mid Kerry 6pts Feale Rangers 4pts Castleisland District 4pts Tralee District 4pts Eoghan Ruadh 4pts. This means that both East Kerry and Mid Kerry qualify for the semi-finals. Play-offs are required to fill the last two semi-final spots. Theplay-offs were due to be played on Wednesday evening June 13th, at 7 pm with extra time. The two winners of the play-offs qualify for the semi-final. The play-off draw is as follows - Eoghan Ruadh v Feale Rangers and Castleisland District v Tralee District.
South Kerry have been the team to watch and have put up some big scores in the group stages. It will be interesting to watch the semis and finals to see if the other teams have learned from the group stages. West Kerry look best placed to challenge, but Kenmare District and St Brendans Board can show that they have learned from the group stages and test the teams from the West and South.
Castleisland had to come from behind to win the Tom Hayes Sheild final against a steely Killarney Celtic in Ballyhar on Saturday, after a cagey first half the second half exploded into life when the ever dangerous Callum O'Donoghue fired a rocket from twenty yards into the top corner to give Celtic the lead.
Castleisland to their credit responded well Raymond O'Neill found Liam O'Sullivan down the left he released Alex Kepp whose cross was headed home by the inrushing Patrick O'Shea for the equaliser, the same combination worked their magic down the left again ten minutes later but this time it was Freddie Galway who sidefooted the ball into net, Castleisland put the game to bed when Ryan Dennehy's cross was headed home by Conor O'Neill.