Dr Crokes march on

CHAMPIONS Dr Crokes advanced the last eight of the Kerry SFC after defeating South Kerry in a bad-tempered match in Caherciveen yesterday (0-11 to 0-5) with Kingdom star Declan O’Sullivan sent off for the losers.

O’Sullivan was embroiled in a clash with Kerry team-mate Eoin Brosnan and Crokes defender Keith McMahon and his dismissal rounded off a frustrating afternoon for the home side, who went 37 minutes without scoring.

Kerry captain Colm Cooper failed to score for the winners while Johnny Buckley put in a stellar performance at midfield for the Crokes with Daithi Casey and Brian Looney also impressing.

But there was some good news for Kerry boss Jack O’Connor on Saturday night. All-Ireland winner Tommy Griffin played his first full game since February when helping Dingle to victory over St Kieran’s (2-12 to 3-8) in this Kerry SFC third round tie at Páirc an Agahasaigh. Another positive for county boss Jack O’Connor was the showing of Seamus Scanlon for the losers. Scanlon has been sidelined since Kerry’s Munster championship victory over Tipperary but was an integral figure for St Kieran’s who looked to have claimed victory before David Geaney struck two late points to secure the win.

Dingle led 1-7 to 2-3 at the interval with Paudie Murphy goaling for the hosts while Tom McGoldrick and Eamon John O’Donoghue netted for St Kieran’s. Dingle sub Joe Sheehy blasted the ball to the net after a William Devane assist. St Kieran’s responded within a minute when Daniel Murphy was upended and for the second time McGoldrick made no mistake from the spot kick.

Last year’s defeated finalists, Austin Stacks, cruised to victory over Kilcummin (0-15 to 1-5) in a disappointing tie at Fitzgerald Stadium. With county men Kieran Donaghy and Daniel Bohane impressing, Stacks were a class apart against a Kilcummin outfit overly reliant on wing forward Jamie O’Sullivan and missing the composure of Mike McCarthy. Stacks led 0-8 to 0-2 ahead at half time and were 10 points clear 10 minutes after the restart.

An O’Sullivan goal in the 43rd minute failed to ignite his side as the Tralee men finished impressively.

Another Tralee side, Kerins O’Rahillys also booked their place in the last eight with victory over Laune Rangers (0-8 to 1-3). After a poor first half (when the sides were level on four points apiece) the tie turned on a 36th-minute goal from wing-back Ross O’Callaghan. Declan Quill, Barry John Keane and Micheal Quirke impressed for the winners.

Legion’s inability to curb former Kerry underage star Mike ‘Stam’ O’Donoghue and their failure to convert five decent goal chances cost them dearly as East Kerry advanced to the last eight after an 0-15 to 1-10 win at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. O’Donoghue scored seven points as the losers missed a catalogue of goal chances.

Meanwhile an explosive start and the combined efforts of the Ó Sé and Hickson brothers helped West Kerry stave off a storming second half Shannon Rangers comeback in Listowel yesterday.

West Kerry led 1-10 to 0-4 at the interval and they were 1-12 to 0-5 clear within five minutes of the restart before Shannon Rangers stormed back to cut the margin to three points. However some inspirational defending and attacking runs from man of the match Tomás Ó Sé coupled with points from Jason Hickson killed the Rangers momentum and secured West Kerry’s passage to the last eight.

Mid Kerry proved far too strong for a below-par Feale Rangers side who started without Paul Galvin. In the end they would have needed Paul Daniels coming off the bench instead of the Finuge man.

Mid Kerry served notice with this 1-15 to 2-5 thumping win that they will be a major threat to Crokes and Stacks as they put Feale Rangers to the sword. They won because in Darran O’Sullivan, they have one of the most lethal forwards in the county and he ran senior Kerry panellist Brian McGuire ragged.

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