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Extra-time can't separate Austin Stacks and St Kieran's as Dingle and St Brendan's march on

Austin Stacks’ David Mannix and Dingle’s Paul Geaney both starred in the Kerry SFC this evening.

2014 CHAMPIONS AUSTIN Stacks and St Kieran’s Castleisland must do it all again as the sides couldn’t be separated in the first round of the Kerry SFC this evening, even after extra-time.

mangeaney Austin Stacks' David Mannix and Dingle's Paul Geaney both had big games tonight.

St Kieran’s got off to the dream start with an unanswered 1-3, before Greg Horan opened Austin Stacks’ account after 12 minutes. The original leaders pulled away and were well in control for much of the opening period, as the half-time score stood at 1-9 to 0-4.

Stacks needed a big response after the break, and David Mannix stood up to hit four important points — two from play and two free-kicks — in the opening ten minutes.

Mannix inspired his side to get on top, and it was he who leveled matters in the 63rd minute of play to send the fixture to extra-time.

Just two further scores each were tagged on by both sides in the added periods. Mannix again registed two frees for Stacks, while two black cards for St Kieran’s didn’t stop them from forcing a replay.

Meanwhile, Dingle and St Brendan’s Board progressed with wins over Kenmare District Board and Kilcummin respectively.

Kenmare District — last year’s beaten county senior finalists, but this year without the Kenmare club — were first off the mark with a goal through Killian Spillane, but Paul Geaney soon cancelled it out as he hit the net at the other end.

The Geaneys were in flying form throughout the game, with Mikey, Paul and Conor all combining to split the posts excellently on several occasions.

Pat Spillane hit Kenmare District’s second goal of the day before half-time which meant the score stood at 2-1 to 1-5.

Conor Geaney scored Dingle’s second goal, while Paul completed his brace in the second half to ensure a win for his side.

In the third game of the evening, St Brendan’s had a three-point win over Kilcummin.

It was tit-for-tat in the opening minutes, but St Brendan’s registered the first goal as they lead by a single point at half-time.

Kevin McCarthy starred for Kilcummin and kept the scoreboard ticking over, before Brendan’s hit the net again and raced into an extensive lead with several unanswered points.

Matt Keane bagged Kilcummin a goal of their own before Daniel Moynihan slotted home another with the last kick of the game but it was too little too late.

Kerry SFC results:

  • Austin Stacks 0-16 St Kieran’s Castleisland 1-13 (AET)
  • Kenmare District Board 2-4 Daingean Uí Chúis 3-16
  • St Brendan’s Board 2-17 Kilcummin 2-14

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