Match Reports Garveys SFC QF (Sunday's games)
Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship: quarterfinal; Brosnan stars as Crokes cruise into semis
Dr Crokes 1-20 Killarney Legion 0-9
By Murt Murphy
REIGNING Champions Dr Crokes qualified for their seventh County Championship Semi-Final this decade after having too much for local rivals Legion last Sunday in Fitzgerald Stadium. Better precision and thought in their play were a major factor in Crokes having 14 points to spare as bar Billy McGuire scoring the opening point of the game for Legion, they would not trouble their opponents once Crokes hit their stride.
Tony Brosnan added to his growing reputation with a personal total of nine points as a spell of nine consecutive points between the 13th and 26th minute without a wide for the Lewis Road side pretty much ended the game as a contest. Micheal Burns, David Shaw, Daithi Casey, Kieran O’Leary, Brian Looney and Brosnan were amongst the scorers as part of that run as Shaw sent a goalward shot pretty much straight at Brian Kelly with two minutes of normal time left. The half-time lead would be 0-13 to 0-1 as it looked pretty much like damage limitation for Legion in the second period.
Scoring the first three points after the restart which included two James O’Donoghue points and a Danny Sheahan effort offered hopes of something more competitive in the second period but when Brian Looney took advantage of a defensive mix-up for Crokes’ goal in the 35th minute, Legion were very much back where they started the second-half. Colm Cooper and Jordan Kiely came off the bench to score points for the victors as while it was not Crokes’ most impressive scoring total at 1-20, a better performance defensively was the most notable feature with Johnny Buckley also having a good day at midfield for Crokes. James O’Donoghue did finish with six points for Legion but Conor Keane was the only other player to register a score for the Direen side in a comprehensive defeat.
Crokes now head for the Semi-Final and Round 2A rematch with Kerins O’Rahillys with a great sense of purpose and desire to make amends for their surprise late defeat to Strand Road last month in Killarney. The Tralee side were the last team to defeat Crokes in a last four encounter back in 2002. However, that’s a world away from the here and now as O’Rahillys will have to find something special (and maybe even more) come two weeks’ time if they want to replicate what their last County Championship winning side did 16 years ago.
Scorers for Dr Crokes: T Brosnan (0-9, 4f), B Looney (1-2), D Shaw, D Casey (2f) and K O’Leary (0-2 each), M Burns, C Cooper and J Kiely (0-1 each)
Scorers for Legion: J O’Donoghue (0-6, 3f), B McGuire, D Sheahan and C Keane (0-1 each)
Dr Crokes: S Murphy; J Payne, M Moloney, F Fitzgerald; D O’Leary, S Doolan, G White; J Buckley, D Casey, M Burns, G O’Shea, B Looney; T Brosnan, K O’Leary, D Shaw Subs: A O’Sullivan for D O’Leary (15), C Cooper for O’Shea (36), P Clarke for Burns (44), J Kiely for K O’Leary (49), M Potts for Looney (52) and J Lyne for S Doolan (56)
Killarney Legion: B Kelly; C Gammell, D O’Sullivan, D O’Doherty; R Leen, Danny Sheahan, J Lyne; B McGuire, J O’Neill; A Slattery, J O’Sullivan, Denis Sheahan; J O’Donoghue, P Lucey, C Keane Subs: F Murphy for Slattery (42), C Sheahan for O’Doherty and S Keane for O’Neill (both 48), P McCarthy for C Keane and K Breen for J O’Sullivan (both 56) and D Lyne for D Sheahan (59)
Referee: S Mulvihill (St Senans)
Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship: quarterfinal;
EAST SINK SOUTH AFTER THE GOAL RUSH
East Kerry 4-12 South Kerry 2-10
By Murt Murphy
THE solid and steady progress of East Kerry continues in the County Championship as they ensured a first Semi-Final appearance since 2011 with a deserved eight-point win over a South Kerry side that ran of legs in the second period trying to keep pace with their fresher opponents. Since East Kerry’s last senior title in 1999, South Kerry had surpassed them as the top divisional outfit in the county with five Bishop Moynihan successes but yesterday offered evidence that East Kerry might be beginning to awake from a two-decade slumber.
A cagey opening 20 minutes saw both sides share four points apiece before the game picked up following a black card for East Kerry’s Phillip Casey. Bryan Sheehan got the perfect time and space for the first goal in the 24th minute and a 1-4 to 0-4 lead but East Kerry’s response told a lot about their sharpness on the day. Dara Roche goaled almost instantly at the other end after Shane McSweeney’s initial shot was saved by South Kerry goalkeeper Padraig O’Sullivan but the late addition to the East Kerry line-up in Roche added a goal in the 27th minute to have East Kerry in front by 2-7 to 1-4 at half-time.
Oran Clifford had an introduction to forget as he was red carded not long after being introduced as a second-half substitute. East Kerry began to grind down their opponents fading power in the second period as David Clifford was perfectly put through for East Kerry’s third goal in the 44th minute. Team captain Jack Sherwood was immense for the victors as Shane McSweeney and Kevin Gorman looked solid at midfield with substitute Noel Duggan adding a fourth goal to really emphasise East Kerry’s dominance.
Substitute Ciaran Keating did fire in a consolation strike for South Kerry before the end but despite 1-6 for Sheehan last Sunday had a big sense of a changing of the guard about it in terms of divisional matters in the Bishop Moynihan Cup race. East Kerry’s scoring records so far have been impressive, but they showed a bit sense of purpose in the back last Sunday with a re-match with Dingle now on the horizon in the Semi-Finals.
The wind is behind East Kerry’s young sails at the moment, but the more immediate challenge is to try and make a first Senior Final for the district since the end of their three-in-a-row reign in the late 90’s.
Scorers for East Kerry: D Roche (2-3, 1f), D Clifford (1-4, 3f), N Duggan (1-0), D Moynihan (0-2), P Clifford, E Cronin and C O’Donoghue (0-1 each)
Scorers for South Kerry: B Sheehan (1-6, 5f), C Keating (1-0), N O’Shea, K Young, D Daly and A Walsh (0-1 each)
East Kerry: B Kealy (Kilcummin); D Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), S Courtney (Glenflesk), D Roche (Glenflesk), S O’Leary (Kilcummin), D O’Donoghue (Spa), P Casey (Kilcummin); S McSweeney (do), K O’Gorman (do); D Moynihan (Spa), P Clifford (Fossa), J Sherwood (Firies); E Cronin (Spa), D Clifford (Fossa), K McCarthy (Kilcummin) Subs: C O’Donoghue (Glenflesk) for Casey (Black Card), B O’Donoghue (do) for McCarthy, N Duggan (Kilcummin) for Cronin, L Kearney (Spa) for O’Gorman, DJ Murphy (Gneeveguilla) for Courtney and N Donohoe (Firies) for Moynihan.
South Kerry: Padraig O’Sullivan (Skellig Rangers); Paul O’Sullivan (Valentia), F Clifford (Waterville), K Young (Renard); B Sugrue (Renard), R Wharton (do), Padraig O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses); B Sheehan (St Marys), D Daly (do); C O’Shea (do), G O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), J Curran (Valentia); C Farley (Dromid Pearses), D Keating (Skellig Rangers), N O’Shea (Dromid Pearses) Subs: O Clifford (Waterville) for Padraig O’Sullivan, B O’Sullivan (Valentia) for Curran and A Walsh (St Marys) for Farley (all H/T), C Keating (Skellig Rangers) for D Keating, M O’Sullivan (St Michaels/Foilmore) for N O’Shea and Daniel Daly (St Marys) for C O’Shea
Referee: J Griffin (Glenbeigh/Glencar)