Monday 20 November 2017

Gooch trumps Donaghy as stacks fall

Buoyed by a 43rd-minute goal from Kerry skipper Kieran Donaghy (pictured), Stacks ensured a thrilling finale
Buoyed by a 43rd-minute goal from Kerry skipper Kieran Donaghy (pictured), Stacks ensured a thrilling finale Newsdesk Newsdesk

Colm Cooper's first-half goal proved decisive as Dr Crokes dethroned reigning Kerry and Munster champions Austin Stacks in a titanic third-round tie at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.

Buoyed by a 43rd-minute goal from Kerry skipper Kieran Donaghy, Stacks ensured a thrilling finale, but former Kingdom star Eoin Brosnan popped up for Crokes to fire over an injury-time winner.

Former county team-mate Tomás Ó Sé was outstanding at full-back as he helped power his adopted club Nemo Rangers to the Cork SFC final.

The 18-time champions edged Carbery Rangers 1-11 to 0-13, with Paul Kerrigan scoring the crucial goal, and they will face a Brian Hurley-led Castlehaven in a repeat of the 2013 decider after they accounted for O'Donovan Rossa.

In Dublin, Mossie Quinn fired nine points as St Vincent's moved into the quarter-finals with a 0-19 to 0-13 defeat of 2013 All-Ireland finalists Ballymun Kickhams in the marquee second-round tie.

Nearby in Kildare, new manager Cian O'Neill was an interested spectator for the semi-finals at St Conleth's Park as Sarsfields beat Celbridge, while Athy, for whom county star Niall Kelly was superb, were too good for Johnstownbridge.

In the Offaly SHC, St Rynagh's ended Kilcormac/Killoughey's four-in-a-row bid as Stephen Wynne's 1-11 helped Francis Forde's side gain revenge for 2012 and 2014 final defeats.

They'll meet 2012 All-Ireland finalists Coolderry, who beat former kingpins Birr, while in Cork, Cian McCarthy's tally of 2-7 helped reigning champions Sarsfields account for Erin's Own 4-15 to 1-14 and set up a final with Patrick Horgan's Glen Rovers.

New Kerry boss Ciarán Carey guided his native Patrickswell to their first final in nine years, and a showdown with Na Piarsaigh, after beating Adare 2-24 to 0-8.

Lastly, Galway's quarter-final pairings threw up a monster clash with Gort and Portumna to meet next weekend in a repeat of last December's county final, which saw Gort decisively end Portumna's All-Ireland reign.

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