Saturday 18 November 2017

Dr Crokes win ill-tempered semi-final as Cratloe secure first title in Clare

Colm Cooper, Dr. Crokes, encourages his team-mates during the game today
Colm Cooper, Dr. Crokes, encourages his team-mates during the game today

Kerry champions Dr Crokes have qualified for another Munster final after a comfortable 3-16 to 1-5 victory over Loughmore Castleiney in Killarney today.

The dual Tipperary champions were beaten by Na Piarsigh in the hurling and have exited the football championship at the hands of an impressive Dr Crokess outfit.

Dr Crokes started much brighter than their opponents and opened up a 1-7 to 0-2 lead with the goal coming in the form of a Colm Cooper penalty.

John McGrath hit back with a well-taken goal before the break for the Tipp champions who trailed by 1-8 to 1-3 at the interval.

Any chance of a shock result was ended early in the second half when Loughmore-Castleiney’s wing-forward Cian Hennessy was sent-off for a second bookable offence in the 36th minute.

Further goals from the excellent Brian Looney and Kieran O’Leary put the reigning Munster champions in control in front of their home fans and they ran out facile 17-point  winners.

It was a tempestuous encounter and there were late red cards for Dr Crokes Chris Brady and John Ryan of Loughmore-Castleiney

Meanwhile, Cratloe claimed their first ever Clare senior football title by beating Doonbeg by 0-10 to 0-7 in Ennis.

Cratloe, who have eight Clare hurlers in their ranks, won’t have log to celebrate their success as they play Ballinacourty of Waterford in their Munster Club semi-final in Ennis for the right to play Dr Crokes in the Munster decider.

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