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Kingdom seniors Geaney and Buckley hit the net as Dingle and Dr Crokes reach Kerry senior club final

Dingle saw off Austin Stacks today while Dr Crokes defeated Rathmore.

Paul Geaney and Johnny Buckley both raised green flags at club level today.
Paul Geaney and Johnny Buckley both raised green flags at club level today.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Updated at 07.30

KERRY PLAYERS PAUL Geaney and Johnny Buckley both hit the net as their clubs Dingle and Dr Crokes set up a Kerry senior club football championship final clash today.

In a double-header at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Dingle defeated the reigning Kerry and Munster champions Austin Stacks by 3-10 to 0-11 while Dr Crokes beat Rathmore by 1-17 to 2-10 in the curtain-raiser.

The results pit the two clubs together in a repeat of the 2012 Kerry senior county championship final and also means they are exempt from relegation this season.

Paul Geaney hit 2-3 as Dingle saw off Austin Stacks by eight points. At the break, Austin Stacks were ahead narrowly by 0-7 to 1-3 with Geaney having netted late in the first-half.

He grabbed another goal in the second-half as did Kerry U21 Barry O’Sullivan. Kerry senior Mikey Geaney and Kerry minor bagged 0-2 apiece for Dingle. Kingdom senior captain Kieran Donaghy chipped in with a point for Austin Stacks with David Mannix their primary scoring threat.

Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks Kieran Donaghy. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

In the opening match Dr Crokes controlled the game for long stages. They sprinted into a 0-8 to 0-0 lead in the first-half and were in front by 1-13 to 0-4 at the break with Johnny Buckley contributing their goal.

Dr Crokes Johnny Buckley. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Rathmore fought back in the second-half with goals from Michael Anthony Kelleher and Donal O’Sullivan while Aidan O’Mahony struck 0-2.

But Dr Crokes ran out comfortable victors with Buckley bagging 1-3 and fellow Kerry senior panellists Kieran O’Leary (0-3) and Colm Cooper (0-1) also on the scoresheet.

The first round of the Kerry senior football championship takes place next weekend.

Originally published at 21.30 on 17 April 

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