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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Kerry shock as Legion dethrone rivals Crokes

Published 14/07/2014 | 02:30

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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.

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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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