Gooch and Brosnan make it a perfect 10 for Crokes
By Mortimer Murphy
Dr Crokes 3-9 Rathmore 2-10
Dr Crokes duo Colm Cooper and Eoin Brosnan won their 10th O’Donoghue Cup (East Kerry SFC) medals after a stern examination from Rathmore at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.
Crokes started brilliantly and Chris Brady’s goal after two minutes saw them race 1-3 to 0-1 clear after 12 minutes.
However, Rathmore responded courtesy of a John Buckley goal, who profited from a mistake by keeper David Moloney.
Two super George O’Keeffe points had the sides level at 1-3 apiece but Crokes hit back with another goal in the 22nd minute, orchestrated by Cooper and finished superbly by Brady.
Rathmore, driven on by Aidan O’Mahony and John Buckley at midfield, came again and trailed by just 2-5 to 1-7 at the break.
Buckley levelled from a free within seconds of the restart but Cooper scored a majestic point at the other end before Brady completed his hat-trick.
Eoin Lawlor gave Rathmore a lifeline with a penalty on 50 minutes but David O’Leary sealed the win with a late point.
Scorers for Dr Crokes: C Brady 3-0, C Cooper 0-5 (0-4 frees), D Casey 0-1 free, D O’Leary, K O’Leary and J Doolan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Rathmore: J Buckley 1-4 (0-4 frees), E Lawlor 1-0 pen, M O’Riordan 0-2 (0-1 free), G O’Keeffe 0-2, C O’Sullivan and A O’Mahony 0-1 each
DR CROKES: D Moloney; J Payne, M Moloney, F Fitzgerald; D O’Leary, L Quinn, K Fitzgerald; A O’Donovan, J Buckley; K O’Leary, D Casey, B Looney; C Brady, C Cooper, J Doolan.
Subs: G O’Shea for L Quinn (inj 37), A Kenneally for B Looney (47)
RATHMORE: J Cooper; J O’Sullivan, T O’Sullivan, B O’Leary; S Reen, C O’Sullivan, P Murphy; A O’Mahony, J Buckley; G O’Keeffe, B O’Keeffe, E Lawlor; P Reen, M O’Riordan, M Reen.
Subs: M A Kelliher for P Reen (42), P Reen for M O ‘Riordan (60)
Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Firies).
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