Kerins O'Rahillys

Founded 1927

Co. Kerry

Burns fires Crokes to victory

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Dr Crokes maintained their 100% run in the county league with a comprehensive win in Strand Road on Sunday winning on a final scoreline of 1-15 to 1-08.

We made a number of changes following last week's defeat to Dingle with the return of our U20 trio - Tomás Kennedy, making his senior county league debut, and Ben & Darragh slotting in at wing forward and corner forward respectively - Shane Foley returned in goal following his recovery from injury with Shane McElligott replacing the unfortunate Padraig Griffin who was injured in the warm up. 

Dr Crokes opened the scoring through Tom Doyle in the 3rd minute but we replied in kind via Darragh O'Connor and took the lead when Shane McElligott raced through to raise the white flag on six minutes. 
These were to be our only scores of the first half however as wind assisted, the Lewis Road side took over in the middle third and made life very difficult for our defensive sextet.

Tormentor in chief was former Kerry player Micheál Burns who was at the centre of their attacks and who had four points on the board by the halfway point - two from play and two from frees.

Burns was ably assisted by his fellow half forwards and midfield with the deep lying Daithi Casey orchestrating attacks at will - as a result we found ourselves behind at the short whistle by 0-09 points, 1-08 to 0-02 with Shane Foley having come to our aid on two occasions.

We fired the opening scores of the second half with a good point from Darragh O'Connor and when Barry John was found on the edge of the square by Conor Hayes he duly found the bottom corner of the net with a lovely left footed effort - the hoped for revival was short lived however as Micheál Burns again was on target with the next two points.

We introduced both David Moran and Tommy Walsh midway through the 2nd half and with both on the score sheet we continued to apply some pressure though the Killarney side saw out the game better with the final 3 points.

We make the journey to Gallarus next weekend for round 9 on Sat evening.

Team: Shane Foley, Darragh McElligott, Ross O'Callaghan, Stephen Nix, TJ Heaphy, Donagh Buckley, Daniel Bowler, Tom Hoare, Jake Foley, Ben Hanafin, BJ Keane, Shane McElligott, Darragh O'Connor, Tomás Kennedy, Conor Hayes.

Subs: David Moran, Tommy Walsh, Ryan Carroll, Jake Hoare. 

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