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Kerry senior football semi-final draw made after Rathmore and Kenmare advance

We’re down to the key knockout stages in the Kingdom.

Aidan O'Mahony and Stephen O'Brien both won out in today's quarter-final ties.
Aidan O'Mahony and Stephen O'Brien both won out in today's quarter-final ties.

RATHMORE AND KENMARE District both advanced to the semi-finals of the Kerry senior football championship to complete the last four line-up today.

And after their quarter-final victories in Fitzgerald Stadium, the two sides will meet each other at the semi-final stage after today’s draw. Both outfits lost last four clashes in 2015.

The other semi-final tie will be a repeat of the 2012 decider between Dr Crokes and Dingle, after they both claimed quarter-final wins yesterday in Austin Stack Park.

A late goal by 2014 Kerry All-Ireland minor winning goalkeeper Shane Ryan, who plays in attack for his club, helped Rathmore defeat Mid Kerry 1-12 to 0-13 in today’s quarter-final tie.

Ryan’s goal crowned a brilliant comeback for a Rathmore team who trailed by 0-11 to 0-5 early in the second-half. Liam Carey and Gavan O’Grady helped Mid Kerry claim control on the scoreboard with some fine points.

Mid Kerry were in front 0-13 to 0-9 in the finale but conceded 1-3 without reply as Rathmore finished strongly. Mark Reen and Brendan O’Keeffe spearheaded their scoring drive while Kerry senior Aidan O’Mahony also contributed a vital point in the closing stages.

In the second game, Kenmare District saw off 2014 champions Austin Stacks by 0-15 to 0-12. It continues a great recent run for players in the Kenmare District squad with the Kenmare and Templenoe clubs both through to contest the county intermediate final.

Paul O’Connor, Kerry senior Stephen O’Brien and Kevin O’Sullivan all nailed first-half points as the winners were in front 0-9 to 0-7 at the interval.

Kieran Donaghy kicked the last point of the first-half and they hit three on the bounce after the break to go in front. The teams were still tied at 0-12 apiece by the 49th minute but Kenmare finished splendidly to triumph with a trio of converted frees from Paul O’Connor.

Kerry senior semi-final draw

Dr Crokes v Dingle
Rathmore v Kenmare District

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