Crokes triumph in exciting local derby

The defining moments of the eagerly awaited county league division one local derby clash between Killarney Legion and Dr Crokes were condensed into a five-minute spell early in the second half when Crokes, playing at home, took full advantage of the cards they were dealt to eventually run out 1-14 to 0-11 winners.

The dismissal of Denis Sheahan was a decisive moment and it came at a stage of the game when Crokes leading by one point, 0-9 to 0-8.

Having settled in the aftermath of the red card, however, the main turning point was about to come. Peter O’Sullivan cut through the Crokes defence but his effort at goal was saved by goalkeeper Shane Murphy and, almost instantly, the ball was transferred to the other end of the field where Crokes corner forward Michael Casey hit a rocket past Brian Kelly.

That would prove to be the difference right until the end but, to Legion’s credit, they never gave up the ghost and through two fine points by Thomas Moriarty and a Brian Kelly 45 they kept the home side honest to the final whistle.


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