Dingle edge epic

Dingle edged this epic Saturday evening encounter at Pairc an Aghasaigh to bounce back from their opening round defeat to Spa. This result and the draw between Kenmare Shamrocks and Spa means that all four teams in Group A go into the final round of with everything play for.

The first half of this encounter was one that could firmly be placed in the forgettable category.

Both sides were guilty of missing so many chances and on a beautiful evening for football and the only excuse both could have offered was the high temperatures and the energy sapping heat.

Dingle led by 0-4 to 0-1 after the opening quarter of play and such was the intensity of the heat on Saturday that the County Board allowed a water break take place in each half. It was Na Gaeil who opened the scoring with a well worked score finished by Kieran O’Donovan. That was it in terms of scoring however for the visitors in the opening quarter as they hit five wides in that period.

 

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North Kerry fancied for breakthrough success

THERE were genuine worries in the hours leading up to Monday night’s games that the final itself may not be able to be played as scheduled in the coming week.

The torrential downpours that followed the thunder and lightning on Monday afternoon put both games in a semblance of doubt particularly in Tralee, where an inspection of the pitch had to take place along with a 15-minute delay to throw-in.

Thankfully play went ahead as planned in both Austin Stack Park and Fitzgerald Stadium and we can all look forward to finding out who will be the first team other than East Kerry to win the Frank King Cup since 2015 in either North Kerry or Mid Kerry. Both districts will want their own redemption from losses to East Kerry last year, North Kerry losing that dramatic penalty shootout encounter in the semi-final while Mid Kerry never got going in the decider in trying to prevent East Kerry from winning a sixth successive title at minor level.

 

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Tough weekend’s action for County Kerry teams

On a scorcher at The Spa on Saturday, County Kerry’s seconds were at home to Nenagh’s first team in Division I and took the opportunity to bat first under the blazing sun.

It’s not often that the opportunity to bat has occurred this season. The innings opened well for the batting side with Imran Pathan pushing on from the start, getting 35 off 23 balls. When Imran departed, Tomas Mathew came in to add 30 and it all looked good with skipper Qasim Butt reaching his half century.

So often the Mr Dependable in this team - which badly needs someone fitting that role - he appeared to have left his team in a relatively strong position when he departed. With his brother Usman (15), the score had reached 172/ 4 and it only needed another steady hand to push on to a really solid total.

 

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