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Credit Union Senior Football League Division 1 Final 2015 2016-03-20 21:22:00

Credit Union Senior Football League Division 1 Final 2015
Dr Crokes 3-15 Austin Stacks 3-9

Dr Crokes were crowned Credit Union Senior Football League Division 1 champions for 2015 when they swept away the challenge of 2014 champions Austin Stacks in a game that doubled up for points in the current League. A blistering start during which they scored 1-3 without reply set Dr Crokes on their way to victory early on and although Stacks rallied during the third quarter to cut the deficit to a point, the homeside came back strongly in the final quarter despite being numerically disadvantaged.

Mike Milner and Colm Cooper had early points for the winners before Brian Looney struck for the game’s first goal and when Cooper added a pointed free, Dr Crokes were 1-3 to no score to the good. Sean Ryan and Greg Horan pointed for Stacks but Crokes had increased their lead to 1-6 to 0-3 when Michael O’Donnell gave Stacks a new lease of life with a goal in the 22nd minute. Colm Cooper and Daithí Casey stemmed the tide with points and when Gavin O’Shea took a return pass from Cooper in the 25th minute he had the simple task of finishing to the net. Kieran Donaghy and Denis McElligott did point for Stacks before the break at which stage the scoreboard read 2-9 to 1-5 in favour of the Killarney side.

The sides traded two points apiece in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but Stacks were coming into the game big time mainly through the efforts of Wayne Guthrie and Kieran Donaghy when a speculative shot by Michael O’Donnell from 35 yards ended up in the Crokes net. Worse was to follow for Crokes when Shane O’Callaghan waltzed through for another goal a minute later and now just a point separated the sides2-11 to 3-7.

Brian Looney pointed a 45 for Crokes and then the game boiled over resulting in a free for all after which Crokes were reduced to 13 men and their opponents to 14 with ten minutes still to play. Daithí Casey extended the Crokes lead before Jordan Kiely goaled in the 54th minute to put Crokes 6 clear. There was no way back for Stacks at this stage and Crokes ran out deserving winners.

Dr Crokes captain Eoin Brosnan received the Division 1 Shield from County PRO John O’Leary and Brian Looney of Dr Crokes received the Credit Union Man of the match from Mary O’Shea, Treasurer Chapter 23 Irish League of Credit Unions.

 Dr Crokes: Brian Looney 1-3, Colm Cooper and Daithí Casey 0-3 each, Jordan Kiely, Gavin O’Shea 1-0 each, Fionn Fitzgerald, Mike Milner, Kieran O’Leary, Chris Brady and Michéal Burns 0-1 each.
Austin Stacks: Michael O’Donnell 2-0, Shane O’Callaghan 1-0, Kieran Donaghy and David Mannix 0-2 each, Daniel Bohan, Denis McElligott, Greg Horan, Shane Carroll and Sean Ryan 0-1each.
Referee: Brendan Griffin (Clounmacon).