Kerry Club SFC final: Rampant Dr Crokes gained some revenge for their county championship exit to rivals Killarney Legion with a comprehensive 13-point victory in the Kerry senior club championship final at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.
Not only does it mean that Crokes claim yet more silverware, but in the event of Mid Kerry beating Austin Stacks in the senior showpiece on Sunday next, then they will go forward as Kerry’s representatives in the provincial competition.
Crokes, with Johnny Buckley at full-forward and Eoin Brosnan at midfield, set their stall out early and a well worked move in the 9th minute saw Brian Looney set up Kieran O’Leary for a superb goal.
Two minutes later, O’Leary who had a massive game, turned provider for Ambrose O’Donovan to score a second goal.
Despite four points from James O’Donoghue, who was well marshalled by his county colleague Fionn Fitzgerald, and two points from Conor Keane, Crokes still led 2-2 to 0-6 at the interval as they turned to play with the wind.
Legion fell apart completely in the second half as Crokes, with Buckley now at midfield, powered forward at every opportunity. Points from O’Leary and Buckley from placed balls had them 2-6 to 0-9 in front midway through the second period.
Buckley added further salt in the Legion wounds when he converted a penalty in the 52nd minute. Crokes added a further goal and a point from Ambrose O’Donovan, while the Legion could only manage one score in the final quarter, a late penalty from O’Donoghue, after Conor Keane was hauled down.
Scorers for Dr Crokes: K O’Leary 1-7 (0-5 frees), J Buckley 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-4 frees), A O’Donovan 2-2.
Scorers for Legion: J O’Donoghue 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-2 frees, 0-1 ‘45), C Keane 0-2 frees, J Lyne and K Slattery 0-1 each.
DR CROKES: C O’Loughlin, J Payne, L Quinn, K Ward, F Fitzgerald, A O Sullivan, S Myers, A O Donovan, E Brosnan , S Doolan, A Kenneally B Looney, K O Leary, J Buckley , M Burns.
Subs: G O’Shea for M Burns (h/t), B O Shea for B Looney (44) M Moloney for S Myers (47), M Milner for S Doolan (47), T Brosnan for A O Donovan (60)
KILLARNEY LEGION: B Kelly, P O’Connor, T Slattery, A O’Sullivan, J Lyne , D O’Sullivan, D Sheahan, P Lucey , K Breen, B McGuire, J O’Donoghue, K Slattery, T Moriarty, S Keane , C Keane.
Subs: C Davies for A O Sullivan (29), D O’Sullivan for T Moriarty (h/t), M O’Sullivan for B McGuire (54) .
Referee: D Sayers (Austin Stacks).