Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks reach Kerry last four, Éire Óg celebrate Clare senior glory

Clonmel Commercials reach Tipperary decider and Rathgormack qualify for Waterford final.

Tony Brosnan scored the only goal as Dr Crokes triumphed.
Tony Brosnan scored the only goal as Dr Crokes triumphed.
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DR CROKES AND Austin Stacks  completed the line-up for this year’s Kerry senior football semi-finals with impressive quarter-final victories today.

Last night, Tralee teams Kerins O’Rahilly’s and the district side St Brendan’s ensured they were the first two sides through to the semi-finals, with Austin Stacks today ensuring there would be a third Tralee representative, after their 0-14 to 0-6 success over South Kerry.

Building on last week’s triumph that saw them defeat reigning champions East Kerry, Austin Stacks ran out victors in a game where they were in front 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time. Darragh O’Brien kicked 0-8 for the winners, while Kieran Donaghy grabbed two points.

Earlier Dr Crokes cruised past Templenoe in their quarter-final at Fitzgerald Stadium by 1-22 to 0-6.

A Tony Brosnan goal from a penalty helped Dr Crokes go in front 1-10 to 0-5 at half-time, they maintained control to lead Templenoe by 1-13 to 0-6 at the water break and eventually had 19 points to spare on the scoreboard.

The semi-final draw will take place tomorrow morning with the games set to take place on the weekend of 20-21 November.

The Clare senior football title was won by Éire Óg Ennis this afternoon, as they landed their first championship since 2006 with their 1-11 to 0-9 triumph over reigning champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane.

Mark McInerney’s first-half goal helped them go ahead 1-6 to 0-4 but the excellence of Keelan Sexton saw Kilmurry-Ibrickane cut the gap to two in the finale. But Clare hurler David Reidy landed some key points and captain Gavin Cooney hit 0-5 overall as Éire Óg ran out victors by five points, in what was their first final appearance since 2014.

They celebrated as they lifted the Jack Daly Cup, a success that helps make up for the disappointment for the dual contingent in their squad after they lost last weekend’s hurling semi-final to Inagh-Kilnamona.

In Tipperary, it will be a repeat of last year’s senior football decider after Clonmel Commercials won out 2-11 to 1-10 against JK Brackens in their semi-final today.

Loughmore-Castleiney booked their place in the final yesterday with a narrow success over Moyle Rovers. Clonmel Commercials beat them by a point in last year’s final and are chasing three-in-a-row this season.

The Waterford senior football final line-up was completed after Rathgormack saw off Gaultier in their semi-final today by 2-14 to 0-13.

Rathgormack, Waterford champions in 2019, will now meet The Nire in the decider.

The Nire safely booked their place in the final last night, after a comfortable 3-12 to 0-7 success over reigning champions Ballinacourty.

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Kerry SFC quarter-finals

  • Dr Crokes 1-22 Templenoe 0-6
  • Austin Stacks 0-14 South Kerry 0-6

Clare SFC final

  • Éire Óg Ennis 1-11 Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-9

Tipperary SFC semi-final

  • Clonmel Commercials 2-11 JK Brackens 1-10

Waterford SFC semi-final

  • Rathgormack 2-14 Gaultier 0-13


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