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SFC - Quarter Final 2017-09-23 23:02:00

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals

There was mixed luck for both Divisional and Tralee sides in the first of the Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Quarter final double bills at Austin Stack Park as Kerins O’Rahillys easily accounted for a disappointing East Kerry side and West Kerry put an end to any aspirations Austin Satcks had of winning the title.

West Kerry 1-17 

Austin Stacks 0-14 

A six point victory was probably a fair reflection of the play as West Kerry put Austin Stacks to the sword in the second game at Austin Stack Park. 

West Kerry got off to a flying start and thereafter Stacks were always playing catchup. The Tralee side could never get a foothold in midfield despite the occasional presence of Kieran Donoghy in that area as Alan Fitzgerald, Rob Ó Sé and Jason Hickson dominated play in that around the middle. Up front, the outstanding Eánna Ó Conchúir, Tomás  Sé and Dara Ó Sé were always asking questions of the Stacks defence while at the back, Cathal Ó Lúing and Padraig Ó Sé anchored the centre of defence very well.

West Kerry were three points to the good within six minutes and then Sean Michéal Ó Conchúir found Eanna Ó Conchúir with a cross from the left and the Gaeltacht man finished to the net for the only goal of the game in the 11th minute. Dara Ó Sé pointed the winners further in front but then Stacks had a good spell outscoring their opponents by 5 points to 2 between the 14th and 21st minute with Darragh O’Brien  getting three of those scores (1 from a free).Eanna Ó Conchúir hit the post in the 22nd  minute when he should have goaled but the winners then scored 4 good points to 1 in reply to lead by 1-10 to 0-7 by the 28th minute. Late points from Darragh O’Brien and David Mannix (free) for the Rockies left four points between them at the break, 1-10 to 0-9.

A David Mannix free and a fine score from out the field by Kieran Donaghy to one in reply by Brian Ó Beaglaoich had only reduced the deficit by the minimum by the 40th minute but then in the space of two minutes West Kerry put light between themselves and Stacks with a point from Dara Ó Sé and two from Sean Mhichíl Ó Conchúir (one play) to surge 1-14 to 0-11 clear by the three quarter stage. Kieran Donaghy was trying his best for Stacks but was very often crowded out by a quick tackling West Kerry defence and thereafter the winners never let the margin below the four points mark responding to any scores from the Tralee side as the game became untidy with a number of Black and Yellow cards.

Scorers: West Kerry: Dara Ó Sé 0-6 (4 frees), Eánna Ó Conchúir 1-1, Sean Micheál Ó Conchúir 0-3 (1 free), Brian Ó Beaglaoich 0-2, Alan Fitzgerald, PJ Mac Láimh, Jason Hickson, Tomás Ó Sé, Declan Ó Suilleabháin 0-1 each.

Austin Stacks: David Mannix 0-8 (0-7 frees), Darragh O’Brien 0-3, Greg Horan, Kieran Donaghy and Wayne Guthrie 0-1 each.