Another Kerry v Mayo clash on the horizon as Kerry champions Milltown-Castlemaine and Mayo’s Davitts won through in yesterday’s semi-finals of the All-Ireland club intermediate football championships.
The Kerry men though had to produce a late rally and make a great comeback to overcome Derry’s Craigbane by 1-7 to 1-5 in Portlaoise.
Ian Twiss, with three points, had helped the Kerrymen to a 0-4 to 0-2 lead at the half way mark.
Despite having lost defender Brian Rainey, who was perhaps a little harshly sent off in the 35th minute, the Oak Leaf County side had seemed destined for the final when centre half forward Adrian McLoughlin put them level with a great point, late in the second period. Lee Moore
gave them the lead and this was quickly followed by a goal from the same player as his marker slipped and fell. The outlook seemed gloomy for the Kerrymen at this point with minutes to go,especially as they had missed several scoring opportunities after Rainey’s dismissal.
Craigbane were now four points to the good and looked good for a place in the final.
Milltown-Castlemaine’s response though was immediate , and from the restart the ball went downfield to Shane Murphy whose low shot evaded the reach of Craigbane goalkeeper, Paul Sharkey
Substitute Derek Twiss added two fine scores for the Kerrymen and though Craigbane’s Ryan Moore pointed in injury time it was to be Milltown Castlemaine’s day as their defence stood firm against the final Craigbane onslaught.
The Derry men though will rue a very poor first half, before the departure of Rainey , in which they only claimed two points, but in the end it was Milltown-Castlemaine who go through to the All-Ireland final against Connacht champions Davitts of Mayo.