There was always the danger that if they scored a goal, it could be game on

Dr Crokes 2-17 Kerins O’Rahillys 3-18

By Aoife Cronin, Club PRO

IN a game in which the teams were evenly matched in the first 10 minutes, and were level at three points each, Crokes got well on top in the remaining 20 minutes of the half. We scored two goals and seven points in this period against 0-3 for Kerins O’Rahillys and this gave us a lead of 2-10 to 0-6 at half-time.

Kerins O’Rahillys had the first two points of the second half but we had our 10-point lead back by the 40th minute. Our opponents outscored us four points to three in the next 10 minutes but his still left us nine points clear with 10 minutes to go.

They had the strong breeze behind them and there was always the danger that if they scored a goal it could be game on. This they did and in the remainder of normal time and the seven minutes of injury time they outscored us 3-6 to 0-2 for a fourpoint win. They had finished much the stronger and would have to be praised for their great comeback.

We are still in the competition and I know we will pick ourselves up and make a great effort to win our Round 3 game next weekend and qualify for the last eight.

Team and scorers: Shane Murphy, John Payne, Mike Moloney, Fionn Fitzgerald, David O’Leary, Alan O’Sullivan, Shane Doolan, Johnny Buckley (0-1), Daithi Casey (0-2, 0-1 free), Micheál Burns (0-4), Gavin O’Shea, Brian Looney (1-1), David Shaw (1-2), Colm Cooper (0-3, frees), Kieran O’Leary (0-4).

Subs: Gavin White, Michel Potts, Paul Clarke.

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