Kerins O’Rahillys v West Kerry Preview

Tralee side, Kerins O’Rahillys do battle with divisional outfit West Kerry, in the quarter final of the Kerry Senior Football Championship, in Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening (6pm).

The men from the west seem to be better prepared and more focused this season and have made a much bigger impact of the championship then they did in 2010. While the loss of the Dingle players has been a huge blow for the side in recent years, the return of An Ghaeltacht, has helped cancel out this negative.

It obviously takes time for a divisional side to gel and last year, the side improved with each game. They have continued with this progress in 2011, so much so, that they are now regarded by bookies as the fourth most likely winners of the competition. Firstly, they will need to overcome a Strand Road team that will have home advantage and the benefit of regular club football.

The Tralee men were surprisingly beaten by Laune Rangers in the club championship last weekend, but have a number of current and former county stars in their ranks and will be a tough side to get past.

Michael Quirke leads the team from midfield, while Barry John Keane and Declan Quill are a handful for opposing defences. Aussie Rules star and former Kerry senior Tommy Walsh made an appearance last weekend and is expected to line out again on Saturday evening. His fitness and agility will be a major boost to his club this weekend.

In what is certain to be a very tight contest between the two sides, a narrow vote is given to the outsiders, Kerins O’Rahillys, to take the spoils and progress to the semi finals.

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