THE above was the headline in TheKerryman on February 22, three days after county and Munster champions Dr Crokes were dumped out of the All-Ireland Club Championship by Crossmaglen Rangers at the semi-final stage in Portlaoise.
Having lost the 2007 All-Ireland Club Final to the famed Armagh club, Dr Crokes were out for a measure of revenge, and when Crokes rushed into a 1-5 to 0-1 lead by the end of the first quarter it looked like a place in Croke Park on St Patrick's Day was very much on.
What happened from there on could hardly be countenanced. From either set of supporters. By half time Crossmaglen were comfortably back in contention, just 1-4 to 1-6 behind.
A goal from Stephen Kernan helped turn a seven-point deficit into a four-point lead. Chris Brady's goal ensured the contest remained on a knife-edge but Aaron Kernan pilfered a late goal for the by then 14man Crossmaglen, as they edged into another All-Ireland Club final (which they would win against Garycastle) by 3-8 to 2-8.
The defeat precipitated the departure of the Dr Crokes management team of manager Harry O'Neill and selectors Denis Coleman, Donie O'Leary and Enda Ward.
O'Neill's term as manager expired after the loss to Crossmaglen and he decided against looking for an extension to that.