Watched by an impressive 8,258 crowd in Austin Stack Park, Dr Crokes were a distant second best and so it will be club championship winners Austin Stacks that represent the county against Nemo Rangers in next Sunday’s provincial semi-final.
Although Paul Mannion’s injury-time point in Croke Park last Saturday night maintained the remarkable trend that any Dublin defeat these past five seasons has been by only a kick of a ball, it was striking how Jim Gavin afterwards made no effort to conceal both his acknowledgement and his displeasure that in truth, Tyrone had outplayed his side by more than three points.
Dr Crokes selector Vince Casey has mixed memories of taking on Corofin. As a player, there was the 1992 All-Ireland club semi-final victory over the Galwaymen, a game where Casey found the net from full-forward. As a manager, however, his record is rather less kind.
A recommendation that the selection of Kerry football captain be taken away from the county senior championship-winning club and put in the hands of Kerry management was met with strong opposition at Monday’s county convention.
A first win in four games. A first victory on home soil since January 28 and a first clean-sheet since July of 2017. Significant daylight put between themselves and the relegation zone. All in all, not a bad evening’s work for Kerry.
In patches, they went close to full speed. That they didn’t maintain it was noted by Éamonn Fitzmaurice. Mind you, the Kerry manager could be accused of nitpicking here given his charges simply didn’t need to be at full throttle.
July 23, 1995. Take That’s ‘Never Forget’ tops the Irish charts. John Daly is adding a second Major with an Open win in St Andrews and Cork are making Killarney their home away from home for a second time in three years.
When most of us look back on yesterday’s drama at Croke Park, it will be the image of Dean Rock’s 75th-minute free cannoning off the Kerry post that will emerge from the fug of time and stand out in our mind’s eye as the last act on a stage that delivered an absurd amount of drama.
There’s no side-stepping the issue anymore. No more games left to deflect the conversation. As Johnny Buckley put it on his way back into the Crokes dressing-room on Sunday, now they can “officially” begin talking about an All-Ireland club semi-final.