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Crokes leap from Three

Kilmacud Crokes' Intermediates rounded off a terrific year when they completed a league and championship double by beating Clanna Gael Fontenoy in the AHL 3 promotion final on Sunday, 2-5 to 0-9.

In what was a titanic struggle, the winners turned around a five-point interval deficit to take the title, thanks in the main to two second-half goals from Alan Tiernan and Ciaran Murphy.

Fergal Armstrong, just as he did in the championship, also starred as his ability to punish any indiscipline in the Clanna defence proved vital.

With centre back Brian Hanamy along with the midfield duo of Dylan Mulligan and Mark Coughlan also in fine form, Fontenoy could not find a way to get the goal their challenge so desperately needed.

Crokes mentor Mick Hynes could not hide his delight in the aftermath of the victory. "It was a great win because we were short about seven or eight from our starting team," he explained.

"But we have a marvellous panel. It tops off a great year. The championship was always our main ambition at the start of the season, but this is the icing on the cake."

Indeed Hynes also pointed out that the club as a whole can be very optimistic about the future of hurling out in Stillorgan.


"The minors won their third title on the bounce as well so it's a great year all round," he said.

"We will have some of them coming through for us in 2012 now and they will get a taste of senior hurling. We have won four out of five minors so we have no excuses in terms of the talent that's in the club.

"We can look forward to having two teams playing senior hurling now and that can only be a good thing."