Crokes back in the groove as Kilcummin deny Gneeveguilla

Dr Crokes, with Colm Cooper directing operations from full-forward, edged Austin Stacks in the glamour Kerry senior club football championship clash at Connolly Park yesterday (0-17 to 1-11).

Dr Crokes raced 0-8 to 0-2 clear after 21 minutes with all six forwards scoring. Cooper, Kieran O’Leary, Daithí Casey and Johnny Buckley were all to the fore as the Killarney side led 0-10 to 0-7 at the break.

Ten minutes into the second-half Darragh Long finished a move started by Kieran Donaghy to the net to cut the gap to the minimum. Stacks’ Pa McCarthy was sent-off in the closing stages for dissent and Crokes took advantage with Cooper (two frees) and Chris Brady sealing a three point win.

Kilcummin, thanks to a late Kevin McCarthy goal just edged Gneeveguilla 1-10 to 0-8 despite the best efforts of Liam Murphy.

Dingle edged out Kerins O’Rahillys (2-8 to 1-8) with David Geaney scoring both their goals while Rathmore overcame recently crowned All-Ireland Club IFC champions Milltown-Castlemaine with a 2-16 to 1-12 win.

Rathmore raced 1-5 to 0-0 ahead after 10 minutes with Georgie O’Keeffe getting the goal but Milltown-Castlemaine hit six unanswered points before a Mike O’Riordan goal stopped the rot for Rathmore who led 2-9 to 0-6 at the break.

Milltown-Castlemaine played a better third quarter and three points and a Mike Burke goal in the 39th minute left the score at 2-9 to 1-9 but strong play from Donal O’Sullivan and their two Kerry players Aidan O’Mahony and Tom O’Sullivan saw Rathmore advance to meet Legion.

In the Co. Intermediate Championship, there were wins for Annascaul over Skellig Rangers (1-15 to 0-16), An Ghaeltacht had a 0-12 to 0-8 win over Glenflesk while John Mitchels defeated Currow 1-10 to 0-12.

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