Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Cork 0-21 Clare 1-11

Cork defeated Clare by 0-21 to 1-11 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 11th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Allianz HL D1A: Slick Cork impress against Clare

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

CORK 0-21 CLARE 1-11

Report by Denis Hurley for

While Cork had won the pre-season Co-Op Munster Hurling League, nobody in the Rebel County was going overboard, especially in the wake of such a disappointing 2016 campaign.

The visit of Allianz Hurling League champions Clare would provide a firmer test of Kieran Kingston’s side’s credentials, it was felt, but if that was the case then Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night illustrated that the road ahead may be bright.

Cork never trailed in this game and can feel aggrieved not to have led by more than two points, 0-8 to 1-3, at half-time, after Podge Collins goaled for Clare shortly before half-time. Up until then, poor shooting had hampered the Banner while Cork shone, led by stand-in captain Alan Cadogan, who shot four first-half points.

And yet, for all the dominance, Cork could have fallen behind when Collins was fouled by Colm Spillane for a penalty early in the second half, but Anthony Nash repelled Tony Kelly’s effort and Aron Shanagher’s rebound.

Cork reeled off five of the next six points, with the excellent Daniel Kearney getting two of those and though Clare continued to threaten goals, good defending by Spillane and David Griffin denied Collins and Shane O’Donnell respectively.

From there, Cork pushed on, with manager Kingston’s son Shane bringing his tally to four while fellow debutants Luke Meade and Darragh Fitzgibbon made their mark too.

Having not won at all in their regular schedule last year, Cork will look to make it two wins in a row at home to Dublin next Saturday while Clare will look for a response when Kilkenny visit.

Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-5 (0-4 frees), Shane Kingston, Alan Cadogan 0-4 each, Daniel Kearney, Luke Meade 0-2 each, Séamus Harnedy, Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Dean Brosnan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Tony Kelly 0-6, Podge Collins 1-1, David Reidy 0-2f, Aaron Shanagher, John Conlon 0-1 each.

CORK: Anthony Nash (Kanturk); Killian Burke (Midleton), Colm Spillane (Castlelyons), David Griffin (Carrigaline); Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), Mark Ellis (Millstreet), Mark Coleman (Blarney); Bill Cooper (Youghal), Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields); Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville), Séamus Harnedy (St Ita’s), Shane Kingston (Douglas); Alan Cadogan (Douglas), Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers), Luke Meade (Newcestown)
Subs: Chris O’Leary (Valley Rovers) for Ellis (59), Robbie O’Flynn (Erin’s Own) for Fitzgibbon (62), Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk) for Cooper (68), Paul Haughney (Midleton) for Kearney (68), Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers) for Kingston (70)

CLARE: Donal Tuohy (Crusheen); Séadna Morey (Sixmilebridge), Cian Dillon (Crusheen), Jack Browne (Ballyea); Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge), Conor Cleary (St Joseph’s Milltown), Brendan Bugler (Whitegate); Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge), Tony Kelly (Ballyea); John Conlon (Clonlara), Podge Collins (Cratloe), Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge); Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones), Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg Inis), David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis).
Subs: Jason McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona) for Reidy (half-time), David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona) for Golden (46), Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones) for Conlon (62)

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Clare in the Allianz Hurling league on tomorrow Saturday 11th February in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash – Kanturk
2. Killian Burke – Midleton
3. Colm Spillane – Castlelyons
4. David Griffin – Carrigaline
5. Christopher Joyce – Na Piarsaigh
6. Mark Ellis – Millstreet
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. Bill Cooper – Youghal
9. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields
10. Seamus Harnedy – St Ita’s
11. Luke Meade – Newcestown
12. Shane Kingston – Douglas
13. Alan Cadogan – Douglas
14. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers
15. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville


16. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
17. Conor O’Sullivan – Sarsfields
18. Jack Sheehan – Erins Own
19. Chris O’Leary – Valley Rovers
20. Cormac Murphy – Mallow
21. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk
22. Paul Haughney – Midleton
23. Dean Brosnan- Glen Rovers
24. Michael Cahalane – Bandon
25. Robbie O’Flynn – Erins Own
26. Shane O’Keeffe – Blackrock

Clare Senior Hurling starting 15 for Allianz HL game V Cork

Clare Senior Hurling Joint Managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have named their starting 15 to face Cork in the first round fixture of the 2017 Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A at Pairc Uí Rinn, Cork, this Saturday (11 February 2017) at 7.00 p.m.

The naming of the team coincides with the announcement that Pat O’Connor (Tubber) has been appointed Clare Senior Hurling Captain for 2017. Tony Kelly (Ballyea) has been named Vice-Captain.

1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)
2. Jack Browne (Ballyea)
3. Cian Dillon (Crusheen)
4. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
5. Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
6. Conor Cleary (Kilmaley)
7. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)
8. Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)
9. Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Captain
10. John Conlon (Clonlara)
11. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
12. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)
13. Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
14. David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis)
15. Shane O Donnell (Éire Óg Inis)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 1-24 Dublin 1-8

Tipperary defeated Dublin by 1-24 to 1-8 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 11th at Croke Park.

Allianz HL D1: Tipp outclass Dublin

Allianz Hurling League, Division 1A


Report by Paul Keane for

All-Ireland holders Tipperary picked up where they left off last September on their return to Croke Park, outgunning Dublin with surprising ease to get their Allianz league campaign off to a flying start.

A 0-8 haul from Seamus Callanan, 1-3 from Jason Forde and a couple of excellent displays by Aidan McCormack, who reeled off 0-5 from play, and captain Padraic Maher all added up to a comfortable 16-point win.

Boss Michael Ryan went with just seven of his All-Ireland final team – the same number incidentally that a youthful Dublin retained from their last Championship game of 2016 – and came good after a slow start.

Tipp led by just five at the break but powered past Dublin in the second-half and the hosts’ agony was compounded by Shane Barrett’s 70th minute dismissals for two bookings.

Tipperary didn’t participate in the Munster senior league pre-season competition and, perhaps as a result, took the first 20 minutes or so to get into their stride.

Dublin, who played three games in the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup, moved 0-4 to 0-1 ahead thanks to points from Niall McMorrow, Oisin O’Rorke, Fionntan MacGibb and Donal Burke.

But McCormack’s 19th minute point for Tipp was the first of five-in-a-row spree from the Munster champions that put them in the driving seat.

McCormack, from the Thurles Sarsfields club, was excellent in the opening half and picked off three fine points from play, the third of which came on the stroke of half-time from out on the right wing.

Callanan, nominated for Player of the Year three years running, miscued an early point attempt in the rain sodden conditions but clipped over five first-half points from frees.

Dublin added just two points after running up that early lead and found themselves 0-11 to 0-06 down at the break. Dubs manager Ger Cunningham named three players who were minors last year – Burke, Cian O’Sullivan and Paddy Smyth – and needed his youthful side to come up with a big second-half display.

But they were blown away by Tipp’s sheer ferocity and the greater experience of key players like Maher, who boomed over two great points, Callanan and Forde whose 55th minute goal killed off the contest.

Tipp outscored Dublin by 1-10 to no score at one stage in the second-half and the Sky Blues didn’t score a point from open play in the entire 35 minutes. Sub Eamonn Dillon did pinch a late goal for Dublin when he volleyed in a clever ball across goals from Burke.

Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 0-8 (8f), Jason Forde 1-3, Aidan McCormack 0-5, Padraic Maher 0-2, Tomas Hamill 0-1, Noel McGrath 0-1, Kieran Bergin 0-1, Sean Curran 0-1, Niall O’Meara 0-1, J O’Dwyer 0-1 (1f).

Scorers for Dublin: Eamonn Dillon 1-0, Donal Burke 0-3 (0-3f), Niall McMorrow 0-2, Oisin O’Rorke 0-1, Fiontan MacGib 0-1, Chris Crummey 0-1

TIPPERARY: Daragh Mooney; Donagh Maher, James Barry, John O’Keeffe; Tomas Hamill, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Kieran Bergin; Steven O’Brien, Jason Forde, Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, Aidan McCormack
Subs: Seamus Kennedy for R Maher (27-35), Michael Cahill for O’Keeffe (49), Sean Curran for O’Brien (52), Niall O’Meara for Callanan (55), Barry Heffernan for R Maher (56), Daire Quinn for P Maher (59).

DUBLIN: Gary Maguire; Shane Barrett, Eoghan O’Donnell, Paddy Smyth; Chris Crummey, Liam Rushe, Sean McGrath; Ben Quinn, Niall McMorrow; Donie Fox, Ryan O’Dwyer, Fiontan MacGib; Oisin O’Rorke, Donal Burke, Cian O’Sullivan
Subs: James Madden for McGrath (42), Eamonn Dillon for O’Sullivan (46), Riain McBride for Fox (49), Caolan Conway for O’Rorke (55), Alex Quinn for MacGib (63).

Ref: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).

Team News

As his side prepares to line out for the opening fixture of this season’s Allianz Hurling League, Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has named his starting XV to take on Dublin in Roinn 1 in Croke Park, this Saturday, February 11th at 5pm.
With Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) previously announced as Captain, Ryan hands league debuts to Steven O’Brien (Ballina) and Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields) as Tipp commence this hurling year in the same venue where they successfully signed off the last.

The team lines out as follows;
1. Daragh Mooney – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
2. Donagh Maher – Burgess
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. John O’Keeffe – Clonoulty-Rossmore
5. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
9. Kieran Bergin – Killenaule
10. Steven O’Brien – Ballina
11. Jason Forde – Silvermines
12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. Aidan McCormack – Thurles Sarsfields

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Mayo 0-15 Kerry 1-10

Mayo defeated Kerry by 0-15 to 1-10 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Saturday February 11th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Allianz FL D1: Mayo edge out Kerry

Allianz Football League Division One

KERRY 1-10 MAYO 0-15

Report by Paul Brennan for

It’s eight seasons and counting now since Kerry have won their first two games of a National League campaign after Mayo did a snatch and grab job in Tralee to get their campaign up and running with an important win on the road.

A Mayo response was expected after their loss to Monaghan the previous Saturday, but Kerry were expected to put opening round back to back wins together for the first time since 2009 to build on their win over Donegal last weekend.

Not so. Mayo showed all their mettle and fire to turn a four-point half time deficit into a two-point win, in a game that saw both teams finish with 14 men on the field. Mayo’s Tom Parsons was red carded in the 73rd minute as Kerry desperately chased something in the dying moments, with Jason Foley being black carded for the hosts in the 67th minute after they had their six substitutes used.

It made for a tense and tetchy finish to a game played with great tempo even if their shooting on both sides was a little wayward.

Cillian O’Connor scored nine frees for the winners but was guilty of a few poor misses, while David Moran had a first half penalty brilliantly saved by Mayo keeper David Clarke.

Andy Moran, a late call-up for Evan Regan, was in excellent form and scored three from play, as Mayo prepare to host Roscommon in a fortnight with their tails up.

Early points from Jack Barry, Jack Savage and Paul Geaney had Kerry into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead and the home side led 0-4 to 0-2 when Clarke pushed away Moran’s penalty after Adrian Spillane was pulled down.

Kerry had more goal chances before Barry John Keane finally converted one, seizing on the loose ball after Clarke had only half cleared a high ball. That helped Kerry to a 1-7 to 0-6 half time lead.

Early points from Conor O’Shea and Cillian O’Connor brought Mayo back into contention and Andy Moran’s 52nd point levelled matters, just before Jason Doherty saw his effort on goal scrambled away in the Kerry goalnouth.

Conor Geaney put Kerry ahead, 1-10 to 0-12, in the 57th minute but that would be their last score as Moran and two O’Connor frees saw Mayo earn a badly needed win and leaves Kerry looking for better fortune when Monaghan come to Killarney in two weeks.

Scorers for Kerry: Barry John Keane 1-3, Jack Barry 0-2, Paul Geaney 0-2 (2f), Paul Murphy, Jack Savage, Conor Geaney all 0-1.

Scorers for Mayo: Cillian O’Connor 0-9 (9f), Andy Moran 0-3, Kevin McLoughlin, Tom Parsons, Conor O’Shea all 0-1

KERRY: Brian Kelly, Ronan Shanahan, Mark Griffin, Killian Young, Jonathan Lyne, Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley, David Moran, Jack Barry, Adrian Spillane, Paul Murphy, Donnchadh Walsh, Jack Savage, Paul Geaney, Conor Keane.
Subs: Barry John Keane for P Geaney (inj, 19 mins), Tom O’Sullivan for K Young (inj, 28), Conor Geaney for C Keane (48), Michael Geaney for A Spillane (52), Jason Foley for R Shanahan (inj, 57), Barry O’Sullivan for J Lyne (B/C, 60), Jason Foley (B/C, 67 not replaced)

MAYO: David Clarke, Donie Newcombe, Keith Higgins, Paddy Durcan, Colm Boyle, Stephen Coen, David Drake, Donal Vaughan, Tom Parsons, Fergal Boland, Kevin McLoughlin, Jason Doherty, Andy Moran, Conor O’Shea, Cillian O’Connor. Subs: Eoin O’Donoghue for D Drake (24 mins), Diarmuid O’Connor for F Boland (46), Shane Nally for D Vaughan (51), Evan Regan for J Doherty (59), Michael Plunkett for E Regan (69), Danny Kirby for C O’Shea (70)

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)

Team News

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Ronan Shanahan, Mark Griffin, Killian Young; Jonathan Lyne, Peter Crowley, Tadhg Morley; David Moran, Jack Barry; Adrian Spillane, Paul Murphy, Donnchadh Walsh; Jack Savage, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue.

MAYO: David Clarke; Donie Newcombe, Keith Higgins, Paddy Durcan; Colm Boyle, Stephen Coen, David Drake; Donal Vaughan, Tom Parsons; Fergal Boland, Kevin McLoughlin, Jason Doherty; Evan Regan, Alan Freeman, Cillian O’Connor.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 1-17 Wicklow 1-9

Waterford defeated Wicklow by 1-17 to 1-9 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Saturday February 11th at Carriganore, Waterford IT.

Crotty closes it out for Déise

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Tom McGlinchey praised Waterford’s resolve following a second straight league victory under the lights at WIT.

Wicklow whittled down a seven-point gap to just two early in the second-half, but the league leaders re-established their dominance.

“The players showed great composure,” said McGlinchey. “I’m delighted with how they finished it out.”

Four points on the bounce from Brian Looby, Patrick Hurney, Paul Whyte and Donie Breathnach stabilised the home team. Substitute Gavin Crotty netted for the second week running to close it out.

Scorers –
Waterford: P Whyte 0-6 (3fs), P Hurney 0-4 (2fs), G Crotty 1-0, D Breathnach, J Veale 0-2 each, C Murray, M Curry, B Looby 0-1 each.
Wicklow: S Furlong 1-3 (1-0 pen, 3fs), R Finn 0-2, T Kelly, A McLoughlin, R O’Brien, P Byrne 0-1 each.

Waterford: S Enright 8; T Ó hUallacháin 7, T O’Gorman 7, B Looby 7; J McGrath 6, S Prendergast 7, R Ó Ceallaigh 7; T Prendergast 7, M Curry 8; M O’Halloran 6, D Breathnach 7, C Murray 6; P Whyte 8, J Veale 7, P Hurney 7
Subs: G Crotty 7 for Murray (53), L Lawlor 6 for Veale (56), F Ó Cuirrín 6 for Hurney (60), S Dalton for McGrath (65), C Maguire for Whyte (70), F Galvin for Ó hUallacháin (70).

Wicklow: M Jackson 7; C Hyland 6, P Cunningham 6, J Snell 6; D Hayden 6, S Kelly 6, J Crowe 6; A McLoughlin 7, D Healy 6; R Finn 7, R O’Brien 7, M Kenny 5; T Kelly 6, S Furlong 7, J McGrath 5
Subs: P Byrne 6 for McGrath (35, BC), P Cunningham 5 for Kenny (45), M Lennon 5 for Healy (50, BC), B Kennedy for C Hyland (65).

Ref: S Lonergan (Tipperary)

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Semi-Final Replay – Colaiste Chriost Rí 1-14 Tralee CBS 2-11

Colaiste Chriost Rí and Tralee CBS finished level after extra time on a scoreline of 1-14 to 2-11 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Semi-Final Replay on Saturday February 11th at Ballyvourney. The replay is scheduled for Saturday February 18th, details TBC.

Tralee secure second replay

Colaiste Chriost Ri 1-14 Tralee CBS 2-11 (AET)

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Equalisers at the end of normal time and extra-time from Tralee CBS ensured that they will play Coláiste Chríost Rí for a third time for a place in the Corn Uí Mhuirí final.

Five unanswered second-half points, four from Cillian Myers Murray and one from Jack Ryan, looked to have turned the game Chríost Rí’s way as they led by two points after 58 minutes.
Tomás O’Connor pulled one back for Tralee and then Tom Hoare was on hand to convert a levelling free.

In extra-time Chríost Rí surged ahead, but while they felt that the whistle should have gone to end the contest, Tralee were given sufficient time to win a free, which Michael Kelliher converted, meaning St Brendan’s College are still waiting on their final opponents.

Goals from David Fitzmaurice and a Kelliher penalty put Tralee 2-4 to 0-4 in front in the first-half, but Darragh Kelly had an instant Chríost Rí reply and Mark Cronin’s point brought them to within two at half-time.

While Tralee moved a goal ahead again in the second-half, Chríost Rí appeared to have done enough before the dramatic finale.

Scorers –
Coláiste Chríost Rí: C Myers Murray 0-8 (7f), M Cronin 0-4 (2f), D Kelly 1-0, J Ryan, D Lucey 0-1 each.
Tralee CBS: M Kelliher 1-3 (1-0 penalty, 1f), D Fitzmaurice 1-0, K Dwyer, T Hoare 0-2f each, T O’Connor, J O’Connor, G Fitzgerald, D Keane 0-1 each.

COLÁISTE CHRÍOST RÍ: D Moran; A McGowan, B Cripps, E Varian; Jack O’Brien (St Finbarr’s), M Hitchmough, D Kelly; J Ryan, K Forde; M Brosnan, D Lucey, J Coughlan; M Cronin, R Dalton, C Myers Murray
Subs: L Hannigan for Coughlan (43), Jack O’Brien (Nemo Rangers) for Dalton (70).

TRALEE CBS: S Foley; J Myres, T Lynch, B Patterson; J Walsh, N O’Mahoney, S Donnellan; J O’Connor, T Hoare; T O’Connor, K Dwyer, M Scanlon; D Fitzmaurice, G Fitzgerald, M Kelliher
Subs: A Roche for Fitzmaurice (48), D Keane for Scanlon (59).

Ref: K Walsh (Clare)

When – Saturday February 11th at 1pm
Where – Ballyvourney
Referee – Kevin Walsh (Clare)
Next Round – The winners will play St. Brendans Killarney in the Final on Saturday February 25th.

Admission Prices
Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

Results to Date

Colaiste Chriost Rí
Semi-Final – Colaiste Chriost Rí 1-18 Tralee CBS 1-18
Quarter-Final – Colaiste Chriost Rí 0-8 St Francis College Rochestown 0-6
Group B Round 1 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 0-22 Clonakilty Community College 1-4
Group B Round 2 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 3-12 Mercy Mounthawk 0-10
Group B Round 3 – Colaiste Chriost Ri 2-9 Clonmel High School 0-6

Tralee CBS
Semi-Final – Colaiste Chriost Rí 1-18 Tralee CBS 1-18
Quarter-Final – Tralee CBS 2-10 IS Killorglin 1-10
Group A Round 1 – Tralee CBS 1-15 Coláiste na Sceilge 0-11
Group A Round 2 – St. Francis College Rochestown 3-10 Tralee CBS 1-16
Group A Round 3 – Tralee CBS 1-10 Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 0-4

Match Preview

Colaiste Chriost Rí and Tralee CBS will renew acquaintances on Saturday following last weekend’s exciting drawn games where 80 minutes of end to end action could not separate these two well matched sides.

Colaiste Chriost Rí had the better of the opening half in last Saturday’s drawn game, leading at the interval by three points before stretching that lead to five early in the second half. Tralee CBS then hit a purple patch, outscoring their Cork opponents by 1-8 to 0-1 to race in to a 1-13 to 0-11 lead with five minutes of normal time remaining. Colaiste Chriost Rí to their credit showed their considerable character and a Darragh Kiely goal and two further points brought the sides level at the end of normal time.

Tralee CBS were the better side for much of extra time, scoring five of the first six points in the additional period to lead by 1-18 to 1-14 with 7 minutes remaining. However, Colaiste Chriost Rí once again managed an improbable comeback, scoring four unanswered points to bring the sides level and force this semi-final to a replay.

Predicting a winner in the replay is a difficult proposition. Tralee CBS had longer periods of dominance in the drawn game but the character and fortitude which Colaiste Chriost Rí showed to retrieve a five point deficit and four point deficit at the end of normal time and extra time respectively could prove crucial if they can sustain this effort across the entire game. If this game is half as exciting as the drawn game, its one not to be missed by supporters of Cork and Kerry Football.

Kevin Walsh is the referee for this one with a 1pm throw-in at Ballyvourney.

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Semi-Final – Colaiste Chriost Rí 1-18 Tralee CBS 1-18 – Match Report / Photos

Corn Ui Mhuiri Roll of Honour

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 2-11 Corofin (Galway) 0-8

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated Corofin (Galway) by 2-11 to 0-8 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday February 11th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Crokes break semi-final hoodoo – at long, long last

Dr Crokes 2-11 Corofin 0-8

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dr Crokes will face Slaughtneil in next month’s All-Ireland club SFC decider after overcoming Corofin in today’s semi-final.

The nine-point victory at the Gaelic Grounds made for sweet redemption after the Killarney outfit had fallen short at this very hurdle in 2012, ’13 and ’14.

Having been somewhat under the cosh during the third quarter, a period during which Corofin rattled off three on the bounce to reduce the deficit to 1-9 to 0-8, Dr Crokes’ progression to the final was wrapped on 49 minutes as sub Jordan Kiely notched their second goal.

It was a score born out of a superb piece of vision by one Colm Cooper as his free inside his own 20-metre line found Daithi Casey unmarked at midfield, with the latter blazing a trail through the opposition defence before offloading to Casey.

Cooper (free), Tony Brosnan and ‘keeper Shane Murphy (free) added the icing thereafter. Dr Crokes were full value for their 1-7 to 0-5 interval advantage. Mind you, it wasn’t until Gavin O’Shea’s fortuitous goal on 27 minutes that the scoreboard began to reflect their dominance.

A Colm Cooper effort had fallen short, Kieran O’Leary recycled to O’Shea and his point attempt dropped into the left corner of Bernard Power’s goal.

That green flag put the Munster champions 1-5 to 0-4 in front and they pushed further clear with a point from Kieran O’Leary. The former Kerry captain finished the half with five points from play and while he proved more than a handful for Cathal Silke and Kieran Fitzgerald, the quality of ball in from Gooch, Gavin White and company was first class.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: K O’Leary (0-5); J Kiely, G O’Shea (1-0); D Casey (0-2, 0-2 frees); C Cooper (0-1 free), T Brosnan, S Murphy (0-1 free), B Looney (0-1 each).

Scorers for Corofin: G Sice (0-2 frees), J Leonard (0-1 free), D Wall (0-2 each); I Burke, M Farragher (0-1 each).

Dr Crokes: S Murphy; J Payne, M Moloney, L Quinn; D O’Leary, G White, F Fitzgerald; A O’Donovan, A O’Sullivan; J Buckley, G O’Shea, B Looney; K O’Leary, D Casey, C Cooper
Subs: M Burns for Looney (41 mins); J Kiely for O’Shea (48); T Brosnan for Casey (53); S Doolan for O’Leary (58); M Milner for Cooper (62).

Corofin: B Power; K Fitzgerald, L Silke, C Silke; K Molloy, C McGrath, C Cunningham; D Burke, R Steede; G Sice, D Wall, J Leonard; I Burke, M Farragher, M Lundy
Subs: G Higgs for C Silke (35 mins); A Burke for Molloy (38); B O’Donovan for Cunningham (48); C Brady for Wall (50).

Referee: C Branagan (Down)