THE GAME IN 60 SEC­ONDS

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT -

Mid­fielder Donal O’Sul­li­van was im­mense for Rath­more. When they needed lead­er­ship he stood up and con­stantly took the game to Ken­mare. O’Sul­li­van was sent off in the 61st minute for a sec­ond yel­low card, but this shouldn’t de­tract from what was a very as­sured per­for­mance from the Rath­more man.

Un­for­tu­nately it had to be Ciaran O’Sul­li­van’s goal miss in the 44th minute. Ken­mare had taken a bat­ter­ing in the third quar­ter of the game, but a goal at that stage would have nudged them a point ahead. With the teams so evenly matched through­out the field, it might have given Ken­mare the im­pe­tus to push on se­cure vic­tory.

Ken­mare’s de­feat puts them out of the cham­pi­onship, but it also sets up a mouth wa­ter­ing rel­e­ga­tion clash with An Ghaeltacht. It would be a shame to see ei­ther of these two­sides lose their se­nior sta­tus. Cer­tainly on the ev­i­dence of their two cham­pi­onship games Ken­mare Sham­rocks have proven that they can com­pete at this level and de­serve an­other shot at se­nior cham­pi­onship foot­ball in 2019.

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