Crokes and Spa reach penultimate stages

Evan Cronin: Spa’s man-of-the-match

DR Crokes and Spa are both safely through to the East Kerry SFC O’Donoghue Cup semi-finals following victories over Kilcummin and Currow, respectively, at the weekend.

The Dr Crokes v Kilcummin clash at Lewis Road was a brilliant and nail-biting encounter with Edmund O’Sullivan’s side squeezing through on the narrowest of margins in an absolute thriller.

At the final whistle Crokes had clinched a 3-16 to 3-15 victory thanks mainly to the outstanding and free scoring Tony Brosnan who was the deserved man-of-the-match award recipient after notching a total of 1-8, just 0-3 of which came from frees.

There was precious little between the sides all through and Kilcummin were like a team possessed in injury time when they came within a point of levelling.

Crokes led by two points, 2-9 to 1-10, at half-time but Kilcummin, inspired by Paul O’Shea who kicked 2-4, rallied on the resumption and raced into a 2-13 to 2-12 lead but it was at the death that Kilcummin played their best football, scoring 1-2 without reply to almost snatch it.

Spa had a much easier time of it against Currow and emerged victorious on a 4-15 to 1-11 scoreline at home.

Evan Cronin, fresh from his exploits with East Kerry the previous Sunday, was the man-of-the-match and a goal from him and others from David Spillane (two) and Michael O’Donoghue won the day for Spa wit Mike McCarthy notching the Currow goal.

In a Fr Galvin Cup preliminary round game, Scartaglen, inspired by Eddie Horan, had too much firepower for Fossa and triumphed on a 2-11 to 1-9 scoreline.

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