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'Complete' Crokes lay down huge marker

Dr Crokes 5-20 St Finbarr's 1-11


ROUT: Dr Crokes’ Daithí Casey. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

ROUT: Dr Crokes’ Daithí Casey. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

ROUT: Dr Crokes’ Daithí Casey. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Dr Crokes are back to their scintillating best with selector Edmund O'Sullivan describing their 21-point hammering of Cork champions St Finbarr's as a "complete performance".

With 11 different scorers and all 25 scores coming from play, the Kerry kingpins laid down a marker for their All-Ireland credentials and the Barrs had no answer.

The Killarney side also had the luxury of calling Colm 'Gooch' Cooper into action when already 16 points to the good and the Kingdom legend didn't disappoint kicking three points much to O'Sullivan's satisfaction.

"We're delighted with the performance. The boys' attitude was spot on, we prepared well this week and brought it onto the field so it was a complete performance really," selector O'Sullivan said.

O'Sullivan praised the strength in depth of Dr Crokes and the attitude shown by Cooper and the other substitutes like Jordan Kiely for their application in training.

"I'd be lying to you if I said Colm is happy coming on, of course not. The same with Jordan Kiely, Michael Potts and all these fellas," he said.

"The reason Colm isn't starting is because Colm was sick against An Gaeltacht and Tony Brosnan came in for him and kicked 1-14 so that's the way it is. Colm is one of the best players that ever played the game and his attitude in training is spot on.

"He's not sulking. He's not doing anything like that, he's leading by example the whole time so if he's doing it I suppose the rest of them have to fall into place."

A blistering attacking display laid waste to the Barrs with Tony Brosnan, David Shaw and Brian Looney sparkling up front for Pat O'Shea's side.

Eoin McGreevey's 21st minute goal gave the Cork side a brief lifeline as they trailed 0-8 to 1-2 but the Crokes response was emphatic with a goal each from midfielders Daithí Casey and Johnny Buckley.

That helped them into a 2-11 to 1-3 half-time lead and they continued to pile on the pressure with Shaw, Micheál Burns and substitute Jordan Kiely adding further goals.

It sets up a Munster final against Milltown Malbay after the Clare champions reached their first provincial decider following a 2-11 to 0-9 victory over Waterford's The Nire.

However, 2017 All-Ireland club champions Dr Crokes will be a thoroughly different proposition in the final.