Dr Crokes dethroned as Nemo Rangers stun All-Ireland champions in Munster final
Nemo Rangers 0-16 Dr Crokes 0-11
Nemo Rangers were crowned Munster club SFC winners for the 16th time after a deserved win over reigning All-Ireland champions Dr Crokes of Killarney in a sunny Pairc Ui Rinn.
The Kerry side finished the game with 14 men after Kieran O’Leary was shown a second yellow card in the 53rd minute but the Cork city outfit had much of the spade work done at that stage.
Larry Kavanagh’s men took control midway through the first half and reeled off six points without reply. They took a four point lead in at the break (0-9 to 0-5) with Luke Connolly, who would finish the day with ten points to his name, in inspirational form.
However they should have been much further ahead as they created five good goal chances in the opening period.
Pat O’Shea’s Crokes were within striking distance at the break but it was Nemo who would reel off the first two scores of the half.
Crokes would improve and get the gap back to two points midway through the second period but that was as close as they got as they lost their first match in this competition since the 2010 decider to the same opposition.
Nemo progress to an All-Ireland semi-final against the Ulster champions on February 17.
SCORERS - Nemo Rangers: L Connolly 0-10 (5f, 2 45), P Gumley 0-3, P Kerrigan, A O’Reilly, C Horgan 0-1 each.
Dr Crokes: C Cooper (3f), D Casey (1f) 0-3 each, B Looney 0-2, J Buckley, G White, J Kiely 0-1 each.
Nemo Rangers: M A Martin; K O’Donovan, A O’Reilly, A Cronin; J Donovan, S Cronin, K Fulignati; A O’Donovan, J Horgan; B O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan, C O’Brien; L Connolly, P Gumley, C Dalton SUBS: C Horgan for Gumley (58), A Greaney for Kerrigan (62).
Dr Crokes: S Murphy; J Payne, M Moloney, L Quinn; D O’Leary, F Fitzgerald, G White; J Buckley, A O’Sullivan; M Burns, G O’Shea, B Looney; C Cooper, D Casey, K O’Leary SUBS: P Clarke for O’Shea (44), T Brosnan for Burns (48), E Brosnan for Quinn (53), J Kiely for Looney (54).
Referee: S Longeran (Tipperary).