Thursday 18 January 2018

Cooper class helps Crokes take revenge on champions

Dr Crokes 2-15
South Kerry 1-13
Kerry SFC semi-finals
Austin Stacks 2-11
Dingle 2-9

KILLARNEY'S Dr Crokes, inspired by Colm Cooper, made up for losing three recent finals to South Kerry when they put the champions to the sword at Fitzgerald Stadium.

Brian Looney shot to the South Kerry net inside the opening minute. Two minutes later, Cooper was hauled down in the square and he dispatched the penalty himself.

Crokes used the wind to good effect and led by 2-10 to 0-3 at half-time. South Kerry showed their mettle to get it back to 2-11 to 1-11 with five minutes left, but Cooper and Looney saw Crokes home.

Scorers --Dr Crokes: C Cooper 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-4f), B Looney 1-4 (0-1f), A O'Donovan 0-2, D Casey (0-1f), S Myers and C Brady 0-1 each. South Kerry: B Sheehan 1-7 (1-0 pen, 0-5f, 0-2 '45'), R Hussey 0-4 (0-3f), A D O'Sullivan and B Hickey 0-1 each

Dr Crokes -- K Cremin; J Payne, M Moloney, D O'Leary; S Doolan, L Quinn, S Myers; A O'Donovan, J Buckley; A Kennelly, E Brosnan, B Looney; C Cooper, D Casey, C Brady. Subs: N O'Connell for S Myers, J Jones for D Casey, a Kelly for A O'Donovan, B McMahon for A Kennelly

South Kerry -- L Sheehan; S Curran, S O'Sullivan, A S O'Sullivan; D S O'Sullivan, B Hickey, C O'Driscoll; J Sugrue, J Golden; N O'Driscoll, D O'Sullivan, A D O'Sullivan; R Hussey, B Sheehan, N O'Shea. Subs: W O'Sullivan for N O'Driscoll, I Galvin for D S O'Sullivan (h-t), P O'Donoghue for J Golden.

led by Kieran Donaghy, Austin Stacks set up a Tralee versus Killarney decider with victory over Dingle. This should have been more comfortable for Stacks, for whom Dara Long scored 2-4 and William Kirby rolled back the years at midfield. The sides were level, 2-3 to 0-9, at the break before Long's second-half goals proved decisive.

Scorers -- Austin Stacks: D Long 2-4 (0-1f), G O'Connell 0-3 (0-2f), M Collins 0-2, K Donaghy and W Kirby 0-1 each. Dingle: D Geaney 1-6 (0-3f, 0-1 '45'), P Geaney 1-2, D Devane 0-1

Austin Stacks -- M Moriarty; P McCarthy, D Leonard, D Costello; P Barrett, D Bohan, J Dennis; W Kirby, B Shanahan; M Collins, T J Hogan, D McElligott; D Long, K Donaghy, G O'Connell. Subs: D Clifford for M Collins, F McNamara for D Costello, W Guthrie for D Bohan (inj), S Carroll for D Long,

Dingle -- D Murphy; E O'Connor, E Murphy, J B Brosnan; P Devane, T Griffin, P Quaid; C B Moriarty, B Kelliher; M Evans, M Geaney, A O'Neill; P Geaney, M Slattery, D Geaney. Subs: J Sheehy for M Slattery, D O'Sullivan for P Devane, M Kennedy for A O'Neill, D Devane for M Evans, P Murphy for C B Moriarty.

Ref -- E Walsh (Rathmore).

Irish Independent

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