Make no mistake, Saturday night games under lights in Austin Stack Park are proving to be something special.
Last year it was Kerry and Dublin with the Kingdom coming out on top by the minimum, this time it was Kerry and Galway with one point again being the winning margin. This time though it will be Kerry who will be feeling the luckier as had Galway taken their chances, they would have been the ones heading away with the two points on offer. The reasons they did not however were not only due to their own profligacy in front of goal but the never say die spirit displayed by the Kingdom in the closing minutes when snatching 1-01 without reply to close out the game.
Both Gavin ( O’Brien) and Tommy ( Walsh) played their parts in ensuring the points remained in the Kingdom each linking with good effect with their teammates with Tommy providing the assist for Killian Spillane to notch the winning score.
Omagh is next up for the Kingdom which takes place on Sunday 9th where throw in is @ 2 pm – Tyrone were defeated yesterday in Castleblayney by Monaghan in a game where referee David Gough issued 14 cards in total, 3 red, four black and seven yellow.
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Mike Quirke’s Laois remain unbeaten in Division 2 following their comprehensive win over Armagh in O’Moore Park on Sat night; the 11/4 underdogs readily undid for Armagh who were coming off the back of a 13 point win over Cavan – well done Mike ( and Maurice!)
Conor Hayes notched 5 points as the ” Green ” qualified for the final of the Corn Ui Mhuiri with a five point extra time win over SP Sliabh Luachra at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sat – they will face old foes St Brendans in the final which will be played on weekend of 22/23 Feb with venue yet to be decided.
Congratulations to Annascsaul’s Dermot ” Weeshie” Lynch who was elected on Friday night as treasurer of the Munster Council.
Finally, spare a thought for Dingle man Jack Kennedy, one of the rising stars of National Hunt racing – Jack was aboard Delta Work when winning the Irish Gold Cup yesterday for trainer Gordon Elliot but less than half an hour later took a bad fall fracturing his femur – its terrible luck on the 20 year old who had only recently returned to racing following an injury and with Cheltenham less than five weeks away – we wish him a speedy recovery.