Rathmore take on leading Kerry County Championships fancies Mid Kerry, in the quarter finals of the competition at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney this Sunday afternoon. The East Kerry based club, who surprised Dr Crokes last weekend, will again be underdogs for this match.
Denis Moynihan’s Rathmore men beat Crokes for the first time in over a decade last Saturday, and the fact that they came from nine points behind in order to do so, will leave them with plenty of confidence. While there is no less pressure on his players having ended the Crokes hoodoo, Moynihan will be keen to go on from that victory and reach the semi finals of the championship. Speaking to The Kerryman newspaper on Wednesday, the manager said:
“There certainly is less pressure going into this. We have the Crokes hoodoo off our backs after a lot of years of getting so close to beating them but Mid Kerry is a totally different challenge and they do have a lot of good players in their ranks.
“Bottom line is the club is no further than it has been in previous years [Rathmore were in the Senior Club final and county SFC quarter-finals last year] and we never really pushed on to make the county semi-finals last year so that is a major target for us this time around”.
Mid Kerry have struggled to get their divisional players together this season, as both Milltown/Castlemaine and Glenbeigh/Glencar have been involved in the latter stages of the club competitions and the side have only managed a couple of challenge matches in recent weeks with manager Tim Coffey is well aware that this could prove a problem on Sunday: “It (Club Championships) has curtailed (preparations) but we’re not making any complaints about it because it’s a goal any club would want to achieve, but we’re getting the lads together for the first time on Wednesday night and we’ll have a better idea of how we are fixed then”.
Both teams will be backboned by senior county players this weekend. Aidan O’Mahony and Tom O’Sullivan will be at the heart of the Rathmore defence, while their county colleagues Donnacha Walsh and Darran O’Sullivan lead the Mid Kerry attack.
A tense and exciting match looks in prospect, with the undoubted class of the divisional side up against the drive and determination of the small club. On the day, Mid Kerry may just have the edge, and they are given the vote to reach the last four.