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Dublin: 9°C Friday 7 May 2021

James O'Donoghue's club are one win away from a first Kerry title in 69 years

O’Donoghue kicked six points as Legion booked their place in the Kerry SFC decider.

Image: Ramsey Cardy/SPORTSFILE

Killarney Legion 1-12

Rathmore 1-9

KILLARNEY LEGION LEFT it late before reeling in Rathmore and booking their place in the Kerry senior football championship final.

Legion, chasing their first county title since 1946, will play either Kenmare District or South Kerry after they finished strongest in Fitzgerald Stadium.

They trailed for more than 50 minutes in this afternoon’s semi-final but outscored Rathmore by five points to one down the stretch.

Paul Murphy was tasked with marking Kingdom team-mate James O’Donoghue, and it was Rathmore who got off to a flying start when Daniel O’Sullivan scored the game’s opening goal on five minutes.

Aidan O’Mahony’s point pushed Rathmore into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead before two O’Donoghue frees and a Conor Keane point closed the gap for the Killarney men.

Eoin Lawlor had a magnificent chance to tighten Rathmore’s grip but Brian Kelly saved his penalty and there were only two points in it at the break, 1-5 to 0-6.

Keane’s goal left the minimum between the sides with 13 minutes to play and Legion drew level thanks to O’Donoghue’s sixth point of the afternoon.

They edged into the lead for the first time with four minutes to play when Jonathan Lyne scored to make it 1-9 to 1-8, and Jamie O’Sullivan added a pair of insurance points late on.

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