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Gooch points way forward for Dr Crokes

DR CROKES easily saw off Clonmel Commercials in their Munster Club SFC semi-final with Colm 'The Gooch' Cooper very much to the fore.

Colm Cooper scored four first-half points to help the Kerry side to a 0-10 to 0-2 lead at the break in Killarney.

Eoin Brosnan raised a green flag in the second half and Crokes ran out easy 1-14 to 0-6 victors.

Crokes will now meet Castlehaven of Cork who edged out Waterford's Stradbally by one point, 1-5 to 0-7, in difficult conditions in Clonakilty with captain Seánie Cahalane getting the only goal of the game.

The Déise men had held a five-point lead at the break but couldn't hold out against a strong breeze in the second half.

In Ulster, Armagh's Crossmaglen Rangers saw off the challenge of Tyrone's Errigal Ciarán on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-10.

Jamie Clarke and David McKenna scored the important goals in Clones.

Crossmaglen will play Kilcoo in the final after the Down men saw off Antrim's St Gall's, the 2010 All-Ireland Club senior football champions, by two points (1-9 to 0-10).

Kilcoo had Niall McEvoy sent off midway through the second half but rallied and Seán Devlin goaled late on to see them into the final after a ding-dong battle in Armagh.



Mon' in control

KILDARE intermediate champions Monasterevin saw off the challenge of Dublin's Cuala in Newbridge yesterday to advance to the Leinster decider.

The capital outfit were missing the influential presence of inter-county star Michael Fitzsimon's and never really got going in a 1-14 to 0-10 defeat.

Teenager Wayne Fitzpatrick's was in inspired form for the winners kicking over three early points as Monasterevin moved into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead after 15 minutes.

Cuala finally found their feet and scored four unanswered points but the game was turned on its head in the 23rd minute when marauding corner-back David Maher struck for the game's only goal.

The Kildare side took a five-point lead into the break and never looked like relinquishing it in the second half as they ran out seven point winners.

In the other semi-final O'Connell's of Louth beat Meath's Na Fianna by 2-10 to 2-9 at Castlebellingham despite being reduced to 13 men.

- CORMAC BYRNE


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