Dr Crokes 0-13 Cratloe 0-12

Updated: Sunday, 01 Dec 2013 20:25 | Comments

Dr Crokes and their supporters savour winning the title Crokes' Johnny Buckley (r) collides with Barry Duggan of Cratloe
Dr Crokes and their supporters savour winning the title Crokes' Johnny Buckley (r) collides with Barry Duggan of Cratloe


Dr Crokes picked up their third AIB Munster Senior Club Football Championship in a row but they were shook to their core by Clare champions Cratloe as Johhnny Buckley's injury-time point was needed to seal a 0-13 to 0-12 win.

Crokes had Colm Cooper sent off six minutes from time and looked to be heading for defeat when Cathal McInerney kicked his fifth point of the second-half late on.

But a Daithi Casey free and Buckley's late point sealed a spot in the All-Ireland semi-final for the Killarney side.

Lining out with six of the Clare hurling panel in the forward line, Cratloe displayed plenty of endeavour in the early stages.

Wing-back Enda Boyce got them up and running in the first minute with a sweetly struck free and four minutes later corner-back Sean Chaplin was picked out on the right and he split the post superbly to give the Clare men a 0-02 to 0-00 lead.

But the game swung abruptly in favour of the champions as Johnny Buckley and Ambrose Donovan began to win the majority of ball in midfield.

Cooper was denied a goal after eight minutes as Pierce Deloughrey pulled off a fine save, but Kieran O'Leary tapped over the rebound to get his side off the mark and kick-start a run of ten unanswered points from the Crokes.

Brian Looney and Daithi Casey added two quick points before a brace from Cooper made it 0-05 to 0-02 to Crokes as Barry Duggan struggled to shackle the eight-time All-Star.

Liam Markham ended the horrid run with a good point just before the break, but Cratloe still faced a huge challenge against the in-form Kerry men.

However, Cratloe looked a team transformed after the restart, kicking the first three points of the half to move to within four of Crokes.

Brian Looney settled Crokes with a 43rd minute point from distance, but that didn't halt the Cratloe charge as McInerney, Fergal Lynch and Sean Collins set about levelling the game with five points in seven minutes.

A clearly rattled Crokes began to fall asunder and a mistimed shoulder from Cooper saw him pick up a second yellow card in the 54th minute.

McInerney was terrific for Cratloe and edged them a point ahead with three minutes remaining with a tap-over free, but they were to be denied when a late surge from the Crokes sealed the three in a row.

Dr Crokes: D Moloney; J Payne, L Quinn, K Ward; E Brosnan, F Fitzgerald (0-01), M Moloney; A Donovan, J Buckley (0-01); A O'Sullivan (0-02), D Casey (0-02, 0-01f), B Looney (0-02); K O'Leary (0-01), C Cooper (0-04, 0-01f), G O'Shea.

Subs: M Burns for O'Shea (46 mins), D O'Leary for Ward (49), S Doolan for Quinn (55).

Cratloe: P Deloughrey; S Chaplin (0-01), B Duggan, D Ryan; M O Murphy, M Hawes, E Boyce (0-01, 0-01f); F Lynch (0-01), C Duggan; S Collins (0-01), C Ryan, L Markham (0-01); C McInerney (0-05, 0-02f), P Collins, C McGrath (0-02).

Subs: P Chaplin for McInerney (41-44 mins blood).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork).

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