THE first silverware of the week for Crokes? That's surely the hope on Lewis Road this week with the county senior football final to come on Sunday afternoon in Tralee, but for now the Killarney men can celebrate a quite dominant victory over their rivals from the county town – Austin Stacks.
The manager of this Dr Crokes team is Finian Moran and he had this team as well prepared as any other Crokes team before it enters into battle.
"Coming over here today we expected a very tough battle," he explained.
"We knew that the Rockies were probably going to be favoured on their own home ground. We did say before the game that we wanted to push on in the first ten minutes to get on top around the middle of the field, half-back line, half-forward line. Once we got that bit of dominance we created a lot of chances, but we were certainly sloppy in front of goal. Our conversion rate was probably a bit lower than it usually is and at halftime we were six / three up, but it should probably have been, maybe, nine / three.
"The second half was along similar lines," he continued.
"We controlled the middle of the field we had the vast majority of the ball but not as sloppy in front of goal this time. We did get opportunities, took them and when the goal came it was the icing on the cake for us. It is of great benefit to us, of course, to have a well run East Kerry Board, run a very good competition and we get some very competitive games against senior clubs like Rathmore, Kilcummin, Spa, Legion and it really helps to develop our players.
"A lot of our younger players from the experience of playing against stronger Senior players are able to step up when they are asked to do so at County League Level."