THERE MAY BE new AIB Munster senior football club champions this year after Dr Crokes bowed out of the Kerry championship yesterday at the third round stage.
Dr Crokes have won the last three Munster club football titles but were defeated in the Kerry SFC by Killarney rivals Legion by 0-17 to 0-15. James O’Donoghue, man-of-the-match in the recent Munster final, kicked 0-5 for the winners while ex-Kerry minor Conor Keane struck 0-6.
The result was a major disappointment to Dr Crokes who last February’s All-Ireland semi-final tie against Castlebar Mitchels. They lost the first round of the Kerry SFC this year against Rathmore but had emerged through the backdoor stage with a win over Kenmare.
Despite Kerry seniors Fionn Fitzgerald, Kieran O’Leary, Johnny Buckley and Daithi Casey being in their ranks, they fell to a two-point loss last night. They can still force their way into the provincial championship as Kerry representatives if a divisional team wins the county championship and then Dr Crokes win the club championship.
Dr Crokes exit throws the Kerry championship wide open as the quarter-final picture was completed over the weekend. Kerry senior attacker Paul Geaney struck 1-5 as 2012 finalists Dingle defeated St Brendan’s by 1-16 to 2-11 on Saturday night. 2013 finalists Austin Stacks were also victorious with Shane Carroll bagging 0-8 in their 0-17 to 2-5 win over Rathmore.
Bryan Sheehan notched 0-4 to help South Kerry defeat Miltown-Castlemaine by 1-10 to 0-9. Marc Ó Sé was involved with West Kerry as they overcame Kilcummin by 1-16 to 2-11.
Elsewhere Shannon Rangers enjoyed a 2-12 to 0-12 success over St Michael’s-Foilmore, Laune Rangers beat East Kerry by 3-13 to 2-15 and Mid Kerry overcame Feale Rangers by 2-12 to 2-5.