Final Dr Crokes
0-14 --- Gneeveguilla 0-9(Played
in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday 20th December)
We won our 25th O Donoghue Cup on Sunday
last, beating Gneeveguilla in the final, 0-14 to 0-9. We
would have to be proud of our twenty five wins in the 56
years of the Competition.
Our opponents are not an easy team to beat in a
final and they made us fight hard for our four in a row.
Our greater experience was a contributory factor to our
victory as we never panicked when Gneeveguilla
threatened in the last quarter to bring down our seven
We got off to a good start with two points in
the first three minutes. By the eight minute we were in
the lead by four points to one. Our opponents had three
points to our one in the next seven minutes. This left
us 0-5 to 0-4 ahead at the end of the first quarter. The
defining period of the game was the last ten minutes of
the first half. We had four points without reply to go
in at the interval five points in front.
The teams exchanged points on two occasions in
the first ten minutes of the second half. Before the end
of the third quarter we had two unanswered points for an
0-13 to 0-6 lead. Our opponents came very much
into the game at this juncture and three unanswered
points reduced the deficit to just four points. Our
backs defended stoutly in the last five minutes and
Kieran O'Leary closed out the game for us with a point
in the 59th minute.
Our defenders had to work harder than in any
other game in the Competition and were not found
wanting. Midfield has served us very well all year but
were not able to exert the dominance of previous games.
Our forwards all played well, individually and as a
unit. One would have to mention however, Brian Looney's
man of the match performance, Colm Cooper's contribution
of six points and Jamie Doolan's great showing for and
winning of possession.
Dr Crokes Best Player; Brian Looney,
followed closely by Fionn Fitzgerald.
Team and Scorers; Kieran Cremin; John
Payne, James Cahillane, Mike Moloney; Fionn Fitzgerald
0-1, Eoin Brosnan, Gavin Tucker; Ambrose O'Donovan,
Johnny Buckley; Kieran O'Leary 0-1, Shane Doolan, Brian
Looney 0-2; Colm Cooper 0-6(0-3frees), Daithi Casey
0-2(frees), Jamie Doolan 0-2. Subs;
Andrew Kenneally, Luke Quinn.
Semi- Final ---- Dr Crokes
4-16 --------- Cordal 1-5 (Played
in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday 13th Dec).
We got off to a good start, scoring four
unanswered points in the first eight minutes. Cordal
replied with a point in the tenth minute. We took over
completely in the next eighteen minutes and scored 4-5
without reply. The teams exchanged points in the last
two minutes, leaving us 4-10 to 0-2 ahead at the
interval and in an unassailable lead.
Cordal to their credit did not throw in the
towel on the resumption. They matched us score for score
in the second half but were never likely to make much
inroads into our half time lead of twenty points.
Dr Crokes Best Player; Colm Cooper.
Team and Scorers; Kieran Cremin; Fionn
Fitzgerald, James Cahillane, Luke Quinn; Mike Moloney,
Eoin Brosnan, Gavin Tucker; Johnny Buckley 0-1, Ambrose
O'Donovan; Kieran O'Leary 1-1, Shane Doolan, Brian
Looney 1-1; Colm Cooper 1-6(0-2frees), Daithi Casey
0-3(frees), Jamie Doolan 1-2. Subs; Shane Myers
0-1, James Jones 0-1, Shane O'Neill, Alan Kelly, David
Q/Final----------- Dr Crokes
3-14------ Spa 0-04(played in Spa on Sat Dec 5th @
We qualified for the East Kerry
semi final with a good win over Spa. The fact that Spa
were short a few influential players made our task
easier but nevertheless we turned in a good display and
ran out easy winners in the end.
We got off to the best possible
start, going 1-4 to nil in front by the 6th minute. Our
opponents had their best spell in the game in the next
six minutes, scoring three points without reply. We were
well on top for nearly all of the rest of the first
half. We scored seven unanswered points and then both
sides exchanged points. This left us 2-11 to 0-4 ahead
at the interval.
The second half was played out
with little intensity. During this period, Spa had some
near misses but failed to add to their tally. We added
1-3 to our first half score to run out winners, 3-14 to
In a very good team display, we
were best served by John Payne, James Cahillane and Mike
Moloney in defence. Johnny Buckley and Ambrose O'Donovan
gave us a good pull at midfield. In attack, Colm Cooper,
Kieran O'Leary, Daithi Casey and Jamie Doolan were best.
Dr Crokes Best Player; Johnny
Team and Scorers;
Kieran Cremin; John Payne, James Cahillane, Luke Quinn;
Eoin Brosnan, Mike Moloney, Fionn Fitzgerald; Johnny
Buckley 0-1, Ambrose O'Donovan; Kieran O'Leary 0-3,
Shane Doolan, Brian Looney 0-1; Colm Cooper
0-2(0-1free), Daithi Casey 2-5( 0-3frees), Jamie Doolan
1-0. Subs; James Jones, Gavin Tucker 0-2,
Shane O'Neill, Shane Myers and David Neeson.
1st Round ---- Dr
Crokes 2-15 ----- --Legion 1-3.(played
in Lewis Road on Sat 21st Nov)
Everybody in the East Kerry Area ,
including our own supporters, anticipated a very close
game against our neighbours. This however did not
materialise. We came quickly out of the blocks and built
up a twelve point lead by the interval. The fact that we
had played against the strong breeze in the first thirty
minutes made this an almost unassailable lead. We were
fifteen points ahead at the three quarter stage and
could afford the luxury of using our bench in the last
fifteen minutes. This was probably our best display of
the season and on the day would probably have beaten any
We were in complete control in the
first half, combining well and taking nearly all our
chances. The Legion forwards in fairness to them were
denied possession but on a few occasions should have
registered scores when in good positions. We led at the
interval 1-9 to nil.
The teams exchanged points at the
start of the second half and then a point by us was
followed by a Legion goal which reduced the deficit to
ten points. Any hopes of a fight back by our opponents
were dashed in the next few minutes when we added on
1-2, the goal, a vintage Colm Cooper one, after a good
combined movement. That left us fifteen points in front,
with the last quarter being played out without urgency
on either side. Both teams contributed two points in
this period leaving us winners by 2-15 to 1-3.
On a day in which we had stars all
over the field one would have to mention, Fionn
Fitzgerald, James Cahillane and John Payne in defence,
both of our midfielders and Colm Cooper, Kieran O'Leary
and Jamie Doolan in attack.
Dr Crokes Best Player; Colm
Team and Scorers; Kieran
Cremin; John Payne, James Cahillane, Luke Quinn 0-1,
Mike Moloney, Eoin Brosnan (capt), Fionn Fitzgerald 0-1;
Ambrose O'Donovan, Johnny Buckley 0-2; Kieran O'Leary
0-1, Andrew Kenneally, Brian Looney; Colm Cooper 1-6, Daithi Casey
1-1(0-1free), Jamie Doolan 0-3.
Subs; Shane Doolan, James Jones, Shane Myers.