Munster club SFC: Goals edge Crokes into semis

05 November 2012

Crokes' Johnny Buckley with Peter O'Dwyer of Kilmurray Ibrickane during the Munster Club SFC Quarter-Final at Quilty. INPHO
Dr Crokes (Kerry) 2-8
Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) 0-13

A goal in each half was Kerry champions Dr Crokes move into the last four of the Munster club senior football championship yesterday at the expense of home side Kilmurry-Ibrickane.

Crokes made the dream start to this contest with their talisman hitting the Clare men for 1-1 in the opening stages, but the hosts weren't about to roll over and scores from Peter O'Dwyer and Enda Coughlan brought them back into contention before a fine save from Crokes net-minder David Moloney off James Doolan kept it at 1-4 to 0-5 by the interval for the Munster champions.

In the early stages of the second-half, Moloney would save the would-be winners' back again with a stop on Coughlan and it proved to be a turning point as Crokes opened up a 2-7 to 0-5 lead by the 41st minute after points from Doolan, Chris Brady and 1-1 from Brian Looney.

Substitute Mark McCarthy and Seamus Murrihy kept up the fight for the Clarke kingpins, but it was Crokes that held out for a hard-earned victory which sees them into the last four of the province.

Dr Crokes - D Moloney; J Payne, M Moloney, F Fitzgerald; S Meyers (0-1), E Brosnan, L Quinn; S Doolan, J Buckley (0-1); K O'Leary, D Casey (0-1), B Looney (1-1); C Brady (0-1), C Cooper (1-1), J Doolan (0-2). Subs: A Dennehy for Looney, G O'Shea for Casey.

Kilmurry-Ibrickane - P O'Dwyer; McMahon, D Hickey, S Hickey (0-1); T O'Connor, P O'Connor, D Callanan; P O'Dwyer (0-1), E Coughlan (0-1); I McInerney (0-5), M O'Dwyer, E Talty; N Hickey, J Daly (0-1), N Downes (0-1). Subs: M McCarthy (0-2) for N Hickey, O O'Dwyer for Talty, S Murrihy (0-1) for Daly, C Donnellan for T O'Connor.

Referee - C Lane.