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Dr Crokes And Nemo Rangers Send Out Statements Of Intent After Big Munster Wins

Earlier this year, Colm Cooper finally reached the promised land as his Dr Crokes side claimed the All-Ireland Club Football Championship, disposing of Slaughtneil in the final.

Having won the provincial championship four times in the last six years, the Kerry side are one of the best club teams in the country – and they march on after Sunday’s result.

Not to rest on their laurels, however, the black and amber side are back into a Munster Club final after disposing of Kilmurry-Ibrickane of Clare earlier today on a score-line of 2-19 to 0-10.

From the outset, the Kerry side, laid out their intentions with the result never in doubt once Johnny Buckley found the net in the 15th minute to open up a 1-5 to 0-2 advantage.

The men from the Banner County had no answer for the powerful Killarney outfit who demonstrated just why they are reigning champions.

By the half-time whistle, Crokes held a 10 point, 1-11 to 0-4 lead with each of their six forwards getting on the scoresheet in a ruthless display of attacking football.

Kilmurry began the second with two quick-fire points to give them some hope. However, Colm Cooper would slot over successive frees to reopen the ten-point advantage.

With fifteen minutes left in the second half, Kieran O’Leary ended the game as a contest with a goal after a mix-up in the Clare champions defence. This put Crokes 2-15 to 0-8 ahead as they eased into yet another Munster Championship final.

The 15-point victory establishes Dr Crokes as firm favourites as they await Nemo Rangers in the final after they overcame Adare in Mallow today, winning out 2-17 to 0-4. Their goals coming courtesy of Luke Connolly and Barry O’Driscoll.

Adare, who won their first Limerick Senior Football Championship three weeks ago, reached the final of the Munster Intermediate Championship last year and were looking to cause a shock in Mallow.

However, Paul Kerrigan, who rejected the opportunity to represent Ireland down under in the International Rules Series to focus on the club, started brightly and kicked the opening scores of the game.

Connolly would goal shortly after as Nemo began to dominate early on. Mark Connolly slotted over Adare’s opening score to offer some respite. Yet, by the half time whistle, Nemo held a commanding 2-06 to 0-02 advantage.

The second half followed the same pattern as Nemo were ruthless in front of the posts. With the outcome of the game decided early on, the Cork side added a number of scores in the final period to put a gloss on what was an impressive performance.

Despite the manner of their win however, the Cork champions will be very wary coming up against the black and amber of Dr Crokes as they show no signs of fatigue on their quest to make it back to Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.

Jack Neville, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.