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Crompton rolls back the years as Kevin's come good to kill off Crokes

Kevin's produced a powerful second-half display to account for Kilmacud Crokes by 0-18 to 1-11 in their entertaining Dublin Adult Hurling League Division 7 final at a Silver Park on Sunday afternoon.

Trailing by four points at the interval, the Dolphin's Barn men turned on the style upon the restart with Paul Crompton rolling back the years with an exceptional performance in a roving role around the middle third.

Crompton hit four points from play over the hour and the win more than made up for the disappointment experienced by Kevins when losing the Division 3 league final the previous day.

The hosts played with the benefit of a stiff breeze in the opening half and Niko Silvino landed a sublime sideline ball inside five minutes with the talented corner-forward striking an additional five points from play for Crokes.

With Donnacha Ó MurchĂș and Brian McHenry to the fore at centrefield, Kilmacud led by 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval but Kevins gradually seized control of affairs with centre-back Cormac O'Shea, Tommy Madden and Graeme Dunphy all raising their game after the break.

Kevin's, who were responsible for Kilmacud's solitary league defeat in 2012, moved clear through scores from Kevin Daly, Aaron McManus and Crompton with Crokes being punished for increasing ill-discipline as the half progressed.

Kilmacud tightened up considerably towards the end with Donal Munnelly and James Butler impressing in defence but despite Andy Cullinane's 50th-minute goal, they were unable to breach the excellent Dara Hicks' goal from that point on.



Proud

Sunday's defeat completed a miserable five days for the hosts, who were beaten in the Junior 'D' Championship Final on Tuesday evening but manager Ian O'Keeffe was proud of his team's achievements over the year.

"It was a very good year. We came up from division eight and the Junior 'E' Championship and we would have been delighted with that at the start of the year. It's just disappointing to lose two big games at the conclusion of the year," said O'Keeffe.


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