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K.O`Rahillys 2-03 Dr. Crokes 1-17. We had a comprehensive victory over Rahillys in this opening fixture of the co. league on Saturday last. Both sides lined out without regulars Quirke & Moran for Rahillys and Cooper and O’Leary for Dr. Crokes we dominated in every sector but especially at midfield.

The Crokes pairing of the experienced Eoin Brosnan and the youthful Johnny Buckley simply outclassed the opposition who played second fiddle all evening.

With the advantage of the wind in the opening half we took the game by the scruff off the neck from the throw in dominating in all sectors and led after eight minutes 0-06 to 0-00. Eoin Brosnan opened the floodgates, in the first minute and points followed from Brian Looney (3), Shane Myers, and Luke Quinn.

O’Rahillys in only their second attack goaled in the 11th minute to narrow the gap. However Crokes resumed their point taking with Daithi Casey converting free in the 12th minute and further points by Looney and Andrew Kennelly had Crokes 0-9 to 1-0 clear by the 16th minute and the game looked over as a contest.

O’Rahillys had only a couple of sporadic attacks, while at the other end, Daithi Casey and Brian Looney with fifth point of the half completed our total.

Quill converted an injury free for O’Rahillys after Walsh was fouled but with Dr Crokes leading 0-11 to 1-1 at the interval, it looked an almost impossible task for the Tralee side.

The early stages of the second half were going to be crucial for O’Rahillys, but they just could not get going as Buckley continued to reign supreme at midfield and points from Brian Looney and Shane O’Neill In the 41st minute Andrew Kennelly found Shane O’Neill, who blasted the ball to back of the O’Rahillys net and that was it, as Crokes led 1-13 to 1-1.

Faced with a hopeless task, O’Rahillys had nothing to offer but a Quill point as Looney and Casey (free) added Crokes points O’Rahillys scored their first point from play in the 56th minute. Crokes finished with two more points as Declan Quill got a late consolation goal for the Tralee side. Scorers Dr Crokes B Looney 0-7 (0-1free), S O’Neill 1-1, E Brosnan 0-3, D Casey 0-3 frees, L Quinn, A Kennelly and S Myers 0-1 each  Team: K Cremin, J Payne, M Moloney, D O’Leary, N O’Connell, L Quinn, F Fitzgerald, E Brosnan, J Buckley, A Kennelly, S Doolan, B Looney, S O’Neill, D Casey, S Myers  Subs: J Doolan for S Myers