PETER Keane will have had much to be pleased about as the GAA in Kerry returned to action at the weekend with many of his main men showing no signs of any rustiness after the enforced four-month lockdown.
In actual fact it was the county men that stood out, in no uncertain terms, in some of the big clashes involving Killarney clubs over the course of the weekend and there were many reasons to be cheerful for Keane and his selectors as they kept a close eye on the action.
One of the standout performance of the weekend was sharpshooter Tony Brosnan’s massive contribution to the 1-18 to 0-11 victory by Dr Crokes over Templenoe with the latter lining out without Tadhg Morley.
Brosnan, deservedly called into the Kerry panel last season, booted an impressive 1-8 in Friday night’s eagerly-awaited encounter with the Killarney side having far too much power for the John Rice managed Templenoe with Killian and Adrian Spillan and Gavin Crowley in the side.
Other Kerry panel members to catch the eye for Crokes were David Shaw, who knocked over five points, and Micheál Burns, who chipped in with three while Gavin Whyte and Michael Potts added an extra dimension with their surging attacking runs.
James O’Donoghue lost none of his sharpness during the lockdown and he contributed five points to Killarney Legion’s hard-fought 0-15 to 1-10 victory over Kilcummin in a gripping local derby with opportunist Legion attacker Conor Keane also catching the eye.
At Intermediate level, Dara Moynihan, with two points, and Liam Kearney looked lively for Spa in their emphatic 1-13 to 0-5 victory over Currow while in the Junior Premier competition, David Clifford and his brother Paudie, both members of the Kerry panel, impressed against a tough but limited Ballyduff side. Both contributed handsomely on the scoreboard in a facile 6-14 to 2-10 victory with David contributing 2-6 and gifted playmaker Paudie producing a man-of-the-match performance.
In the Junior Club Championship, meanwhile, Marc Ó Sé’s Listry overcame East Kerry rivals Firies in an engaging which ended 1-15 to 0-9, the goal coming from Seán O’Sullivan.
At Fitzgerald Stadium, meanwhile, the Kerins O’Rahillys v Kenmare senior club clash turned into a shootout between Kerry hotshot Sean O’Shea and former inter-county star Jack Savage with Kenmare triumphing on a 2-19 to 0-13 scoreline.
Bang-in-form Savage kicked eight points with O’Shea accounting for eight of Kenmare’s tally in a game that saw Kerry stars Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare) and Tommy Walsh (Rahillys) both forced to leave the field with injuries.
Paul Geaney and his former Kerry full forward teams-mate were both goalscorers as Dingle and Austin Stacks finished level, 1-12 each.
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