Reigning champions Dr Crokes into the Kerry semi-finals
Round-up: South Kerry see off Rathmore, as Austin Stacks are beaten by West Kerry
Reigning All-Ireland champions Dr Crokes secured their place in the semi-finals of the Kerry SFC on Sunday after once again getting the better of Kenmare Shamrocks, by a scoreline of 0-17 to 0-12.
The Killarney side had defeated the same opposition two weeks previously in the Kerry senior club final, and led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break, as both sides rattled the crossbar in search of raising a green flag.
Colm Cooper was the catalyst for many of Crokes scores, but it was youngsters like Micheál Burns, Tony Brosnan and Gavin White who impressed most, while Kerry senior panellist Sean O’Shea was best for Kenmare Shamrocks.
A fractious encounter threatened to boil over in the second period, but Crokes kept their heads and they will face West Kerry in the semi-finals on October 7th.
The district side defeated a poor Austin Stacks side by six points in Tralee on Saturday evening. Eanna Ó Conchúir scored the only goal of the game early on, with a 1-10 to 0-9 half-time lead becoming a 1-17 to 0-14 success after a dominant second period. A number of recent Kerry underage talents such as Eanna Ó Conchúir, Tomas Ó Sé, Rob Ó Sé and man of the match Brian Ó Beaglaoich stood out.
There was better luck for Tralee’s other senior side Kerins O’Rahillys however, as they restricted All-Ireland minor winning captain David Clifford to a single point in a comprehensive 3-12 to 1-6 success over East Kerry.
Man of the match David Moran scored their first goal in the opening period but Jack Sherwood kept East Kerry in touch at the break, as they trailed by 1-7 to 1-4. Tommy Walsh and Gavin O’Brien scored goals in the second period as O’Rahillys kicked on for a 12 point success. South Kerry will be their opponents in the other semi-final after they overcame Aidan O’Mahony’s Rathmore by 0-16 to 0-12 in Killarney on Sunday.
The match was level at 0-7 apiece at half-time but South Kerry overcame an injury to Bryan Sheehan, as well as Killian Young’s absence, as Daniel Daly and Matthew O’Sullivan pointed them to victory.