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Rising Kingdom star O'Shea shines as Kenmare set up club final clash with Crokes

Shamrocks ran out five-point winners against James O’Donoghue’s Killarney Legion.

O'Shea: Kenmare talent captained Kerry's minors to the All-Ireland in 2016.
O'Shea: Kenmare talent captained Kerry's minors to the All-Ireland in 2016.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Kenmare Shamrocks 3-12 Killarney Legion 1-13

KENMARE SHAMROCKS DREW first blood against Killarney Legion to set up a meeting with Dr Crokes in the Kerry Senior Club Championship final.

The two teams are due to meet again next Sunday in the county Senior Football Championship but there was more than just pride at stake in Fitzgerald Stadium this afternoon.

First-half goals from Dean Cassidy and Stephen O’Brien helped Kenmare into a three-point advantage at the break, 2-4 to 0-7, while underage star Seán O’Shea was magnificent throughout for Shamrocks and finished with 1-7.

Legion showed they had plenty of stomach for the fight though and Denis Sheahan’s goal four minutes after the restart had the sides level at 2-5 to 1-8.

Kenmare picked up and outscored Legion 0-5 to 0-1 in the 10 minutes that followed, but with five minutes to play, Legion had cut the gap to two again and the game hung in the balance.

Enter O’Shea who scored the decisive goal on 56 minutes to steer his club to a five-point win and into the final.

Although the Senior Football Championship is the premier club competition in Kerry, if that title is won by a divisional side who are not eligible to play in the Munster club championship, the winners of the Senior Club Championship progress in their place.

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