Dingle send Austin Stacks packing in club semi

Dr Crokes will meet Dingle in the Kerry Senior Club FC final after they got the better of Rathmore and Austin Stacks respectively in Tralee yesterday.

Rathmore, despite the heroics of Kerry’s Aidan O’Mahony and his former Kingdom colleague Tom O’Sullivan, fell 1-17 to 2-10 to Dr Crokes, failing to recover from a 0-9 to no-score deficit in the opening quarter.

A cracking 24th-minute goal from Johnny Buckley eased Crokes into a 1-13 to 0-4 half- time lead, but O’Mahony returned to the field of play after going off injured, to inspire a Rathmore comeback of sorts after half time.

Colm Cooper got his solitary point in the 40th minute as Crokes only managed four in the second period.

Rathmore’s rally yielded 1-4 without reply, with O’Mahony kicking 0-2, but the clock beat them — though Donal O’Sullivan did strike for a late consolation goal.

Crokes will meet Dingle in the final, after the West Kerry men surprised Austin Stacks in the second semi. The Tralee men beat Crokes to take the 2014 Co League title last week and were expected to beat a young Dingle side. But they hadn’t bargained on stellar displays from the Geaneys, Paul and Mikey, who inspired Dingle to a 3-10 to 0-11 victory.

Dingle got the crucial goal of the half, when Paul Geaney finished just before half time, and that left Stacks ahead by a mere point at the interval, 0-7 to 1-3. Stacks could only manage four second-half points as a voracious Dingle 15 took command, with a brilliant Paul Geaney goal giving the winners a 2-6 to 0-7 lead.

Barry O’Sullivan added a third goal with just 10 minutes left to put the seal on an impressive Dingle win.

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