Leinster club SFC: Kavanagh inspires Crokes

November 22, 2010

Garrycastle's Aidan Brown makes a superb catch ahead of Craig Dias and Ronan Ryan of Crokes during the Leinster Club SFC semi final at Parnell Park.
Longford's Brian Kavanagh kicked 0-6 as Kilmacud Crokes overturned a two-point interval deficit to progress to another AIB Leinster club football final at Garrycastle's expense.

Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) 0-13
Garrycastle (Westmeath) 0-10

In what was a close and tense affair, Crokes' greater strength in depth ultimately proved the difference as they set up a repeat of the 2008 final against Rhode on Sunday week. The Dublin champions started well with Mark Vaughan, who was a late replacement for the injured Niall Corkery, and Declan Kellegher shooting points inside the first four minutes.

But last year's beaten provincial finalists Garrycastle responded with unanswered points from Dessie Dolan ('45), Rory McGowan and Paul Dillon to open up a 0-4 to 0-2 lead. Kevin Nolan hit back with a point which should have been goal before Paddy Mulvihill made it 0-5 to 0-3 in the 23rd minute.

McGowan and Dolan added points for the Athlone outfit, while Kavanagh had two for Crokes to leave the score reading 0-7 to 0-5 in the visitors' favour at half-time.

Crokes upped the tempo after the restart with scores from Kavanagh, Vaughan and Kellegher giving them a 0-8 to 0-7 lead. A Dillon free restored parity for Garrycastle before Liam Og O hEineachain edged the 2009 All-Ireland champions back in front in the 43rd minute.

Further points from Kavanagh and Barry O'Rorke extended Crokes' lead before Dolan brought the deficit down to the minimum again. But in the final six minutes, Kevin Nolan and Kavanagh tagged on scores to leave three in it at the final whistle.

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