Kerry champions Dr Crokes coast into Munster semi-final

Dr Crokes 1-14
Kilmurry-Ibricknane 0-8

DR CROKES CANTERED into a home Munster club semi-final tie with the Tipperary champions on 13 November, easing past Kilmurry-Ibrickane in Quilty.

They outscored the home club 1-7 to 0-4 in the second half.

In their previous Munster club meetings in 2011 and 2012 the Kerry club were narrow winners but this time they were completely dominant, following a competitive opening 15 minutes.

Kilmurry half forward Shane Hickey was the only home player to score from play, which illustrated their primary issue.

Dr Crokes, who led 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time, withstood a decent start from the West Clare club who defeated Cratloe last Sunday to win their 14th county championship.

However the Pat O’Shea managed Killarney club settled with points from Daithí Casey and Brian Looney taking the sting out of Kilmurry, who were backed by the majority of the 2,557 attendance.

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Colm Cooper in action.

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Four successive points from Kieran O’Leary (0-2), Eoin Brosnan, who started in midfield, and Gavin O’Shea, established a 0-7 to 0-4 lead for the winners.

The games decisive score was put away from the penalty spot byCasey, four minutes into the second half.

Kilmurry defender Martin McMahon was penalised for a foot block on Kieran O’Leary and Casey’s goal established a 1-7 to 0-5 advantage for the winners for whom substitutes Tony Brosnan, Jordan Kiely and Micheál Burns kicked 0-4 from play in that second half.

Scorers for Kilmurry-Ibrickane: Keelan Sexton (0-4f), Ian McInerney (0-3f), Shane Hickey (0-1).

Scorers for Dr Crokes: Daithí Casey (1-2, 1-0 pen), Colm Cooper (0-3, 2f), Kieran O’Leary, Tony Brosnan (0-2 each), Brian Looney, Eoin Brosnan, Gavin O’Shea, Micheál Burns, Jordan Kiely (0-1 each).

Kilmurry-Ibrickane:

1. Ian McInerney

2. Mark Killeen
3. Darren Hickey
4. Ciaran Morrissey

21. Declan Callinan
6. Martin McMahon
7. Darragh Sexton

8. Mark McCarthy
9. Keith King

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11. Michael O’Dwyer
5. Shane Hickey
12. Michael Hogan

14. Enda Coughlan
24. Peter O’Dwyer
15. Keelan Sexton

Subs

13. Steven Moloney for Michael O’Dwyer (24)
19. John McNamara for Declan Callinan (31)
10. Niall Hickey for Michael Hogan (40)
30. Keith Sexton for Mark McCarthy (52)
18. Kieran Killeen for Shane Hickey (56-BC)
20. Thomas O’Connor for Enda Coughlan (60).

Dr Crokes:

1. Shane Murphy

2. John Paye
3. Michael Moloney
4. Fionn Fitzgerald

5. Gavin White
6. Alan O’Sullivan
7. David O’Leary

8. Ambrose O’Donovan
9. Johnny Buckey (captain)

10. Daithí Casey
11. Gavin O’Shea
12. Brian Looney

13. Colm Cooper
14. Kieran O’Leary
18. Eoin Brosnan

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Subs:

23. Micheál Burns for Johnny Buckley (22-inj),
22. Luke Quinn for Michael Moloney (28-BC)
15. Tony Brosnan for Gavin O’Shea (50)
20. Jordan Kiely for Brian Looney (50)
17. Mike Milner for Kieran O’Leary (55)
21. PJ Lawlor for Colm Cooper (59).

Referee: Kevin Murphy (Cork).

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