Dingle V Dr Crokes in Club Championship Final
Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship Semi Finals
Dr Crokes and Dingle qualified for the final of the Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship final with equally impressive victories over Rathmore and Austin Stacks at Austin Stack Park on Sunday afternoon. While qualification for the final of this competition was both sides’ main aim on the day, by doing so Dr Crokes and Dingle are exempt from the process to reduce the number of teams in the Senior County Championship from 11 to 8 in 2016.
Dr Crokes 1-17 Rathmore 2-10
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A devastating early scoring spree in the first 13 minutes of play when wind assisted was the decisive factor as Dr Crokes swept aside the challenge of their East Kerry neighbours in the opening game at the Park. Kieran O’Leary set the tone when he pointed in the first minute of play and the ball hardly left the Rathmore half of the field as the majestic Johnny Buckley gave ample possession to the Dr Crokes front six. Seven different players got on the score sheet as the reigning champions went into a 9 points to no score lead with Buckley and O’Leary getting two each. Rathmore did get on the scoreboard in the 14th minute when Brendan O’Keeffe pointed a free and the same player had two more from placed balls before Crokes finished the half with a further 1-4 from play, the goal coming from Johnny Buckley who gave Shane Ryan no chance. At the break it was 1-13 to 0-4.
Rathmore, with the aid f the strong wind, did up the tempo on the restart and Alan Kelly saved well from George O’Keeffe but Rathmore did get in for a badly needed goal in the 36th minute when Michael A. Kelleher found the net and two pointed frees from Brendan O’Keeffe saw the margin down to 8 points by the 37th minute. Colm Cooper and Daithí Casey then got on the score-sheet and after Crokes lost Johnny Buckley to injury, Rathmore came more into the game. After Jamie Doolan pointed, Rathmore finished with 1-5 without reply, the goal coming from Donal O’Sullivan and the lion hearted Aidan O’Mahony chipping in with two points but they never looked like overtaking their old adversaries.
Scorers: Dr Crokes: Johnny Buckley 1-3, Kieran O’Leary and Chris Brady (0-1free) 0-3 each, Alan O’Sullivan and Daithí Casey 0-2 each, Jamie Doolan, Colm Cooper and Fionn Fitzgerald 0-1 each. Rathmore: Brendan O’Keeffe 0-6 frees, Michael A. Kelleher and Donal O’Sullivan 1-0 each, Aidan O’Mahony 0-2, Michael O’Riordan (Free0 and Daniel O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
Dingle 3-10 Austin Stacks 0-11
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Dingle caused something of a shock in the second semi final when they defeated reigning county champions Austin Stacks in the second semi final on the double bill at Austin Stack Park. The winners were full value for their win however with a goal just on the stroke of half time from county player Paul Geaney being the catalyst for their victory.
Stacks had first use of the strong wind but Dingle threw down the gauntlet to their opponents straight away when Paul Geaney pointed a free and cousin Mikey pointed from play inside the opening seven minutes. The excellent David Mannix got Stacks on the score-sheet soon after and the same player added three more with Fiachna Mangan adding another to leave the black and amber side 6 points to 2 ahead by the 26th minute – crucially they had also amassed six wides at this stage. Kieran Donaghy and Mannix again added points but in injury time, Conor Geaney pointed a free and then Paul Geaney pounced when the former’s shot was half blocked to score a goal from close range and leave Dingle just a point adrift and wind advantage to come.
Paul Geaney had the sides level within a minute of the restart and after the excellent Breandán Kelliher pointed, the same player put Paul Geaney through for a goal in the third minute of the half. Matthew Flaherty and Shane Carroll swapped points, as did Mikey Geaney and David Mannix but then Dingle struck for their third goal when Conor Geaney set up the industrious Barry O’Sullivan. By now Dingle were totally dominant and even the moving of Donaghy to midfield to curb the influence of barry O’Sullivan made no difference as Dingle went on to outscore the locals by 3 points to two in the remaining play.
Scorers: Dingle: Paul Geaney 2-3 (0-2frees), Barry O’Sullivan 1-0, Mikey Geaney (0-1 “45”) and Conor Geaney (0-2 frees) 0-2 each, Matthew Flaherty, Tom O’Sullivan and Breándán Kelleher 0-1 each. Austin Stacks: David Mannix 0-6 (0-3 frees), Shane Carroll (free), Kieran Donaghy, Fiachna Mangan and Fearghal MacNamara 0-1 each.