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There's been another injury setback for Kerry's James O'Donoghue

O’Donoghue didn’t start for his club Legion yesterday in their championship clash.

Kerry's James O'Donoghue.
Kerry's James O'Donoghue.
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Updated 9.20am

THE 2014 FOOTBALLER of the year has suffered another injury setback.

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue didn’t start for his club Legion in their opening round Kerry senior football championship game yesterday afternoon due to a calf injury.

Radio Kerry reported that O’Donoghue missed out on the clash between his club and last year’s beaten finalists Mid Kerry in Killorglin.

Legion overcame the loss of O’Donoghue to triumph by 1-13 to 0-14 after extra-time with Conor Keane hitting the net. The news is a setback to O’Donoghue given he missed Kerry’s league campaign due to a shoulder injury.

Kerry face either Tipperary or Waterford in their opening championship clash this year with the Munster semi-final pencilled in for 14 June. Kerry senior Donnchadh Walsh also went off injured in the same game while Jonathan Lyne was shown a black card.

Elsewhere yesterday Kerry senior Mikey Geaney netted for Dingle in their draw with Milltown-Castlemaine while Paul Geaney contributed 0-4.

Stephen O’Brien was amongst the goalscorers as Kenmore enjoyed a big win over St Brendan’s with 2014 All-Ireland minor winner Killian Spillane also on target.

Mike Frank Russell rolled back the years as he struck 0-8 for Laune Rangers in their win over a West Kerry side that fielded without Marc Ó Sé.

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And former kingpins South Kerry were grateful to Bryan Sheehan’s 0-8 haul in their victory over Kilcummin.

Reigning champions Austin Stacks were amongst the victors in last night’s action.

Kerry senior football championship

Round 1 results
Milltown/Castlemaine 1-13 Dingle 1-13 (after extra-time)
Laune Rangers 1-14 West Kerry 0-16 (after extra-time)
Kenmare District 5-15 St Brendan’s 0-8
South Kerry 0-16 Kilcummin 1-8
Killarney Legion 1-13 Mid Kerry 0-14 (after extra-time)

Round 2 draw
Kerns O’Rahilly’s v Milltown-Castlemaine/Dingle (losers of that replay)
Feale Rangers v Ardfert
Mid Kerry v West Kerry
Shannon Rangers v Kilcummin
St Brendan’s v St Michael’s-Foilmore

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