Thursday 30 October 2014

Kerry shock as Legion dethrone rivals Crokes

Published 14/07/2014 | 02:30

Colm Cooper's absence proved crucial as Dr Crokes were defeated by their Killarney rivals Legion. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Colm Cooper's absence proved crucial as Dr Crokes were defeated by their Killarney rivals Legion. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

The five in-a-row dreams of Dr Crokes have been shattered after the Kerry kingpins suffered a shock SFC defeat to their Killarney rivals Legion.

While without their injured talisman Colm Cooper, Crokes were still expected to advance to the next round, but they failed to find their form in a 0-17 to 0-15 defeat.

Legion jumped into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead after 10 minutes thanks to some superb point-taking by Conor Keane, while his team-mate James O'Donoghue had a tremendous duel with his Kerry colleague Fionn Fitzgerald. Some good scores from Daithi Casey and Chris Brady brought Crokes back into the game, and the sides were level on 0-8 apiece at half-time.

The second half was nip and tuck, but with the sides deadlocked at 0-15 apiece and the game entering injury time, Tom Moriarty and All Star O'Donoghue applied the finishing touches to a rare but historic victory for Legion.

Elsewhere, Darran O'Sullivan inspired Mid Kerry to a 2-12 to 2-5 win over Feale Rangers, while Shane Enright led Shannon Rangers to a 2-12 to 0-12 success over St Michael's/Foilmore. Last year's beaten finalists Austin Stacks recorded a 0-17 to 2-5 victory over Rathmore and South Kerry, without Declan O'Sullivan, also advanced after defeating Milltown/Castlemaine by 1-10 to 0-9.

Apart from Dr Crokes exit, the only other real shock was the defeat of East Kerry by Laune Rangers, who dug deep to earn a 3-13 to 2-14 triumph with Peter Crowley getting the vital goal. Paul Geaney found the net from the penalty spot as Dingle got the better of St Brendan's, while West Kerry needed extra-time to squeeze past Kilcummin.

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