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Garvey’s SuperValu County Senior Football Championship, Quarter-Final.

Templenoe 0-06, Dr Crokes 1-22.

Our season ended on a disappointing note with a heavy defeat to Dr Crokes last Sunday. But the task was probably always going to be that bit difficult, due to the absence of some key players and then we had to replace no less than three players in the first half due to injury, which against a team of Crokes calibre made it impossible. Overall though, it was still not a bad season by any means for Templenoe. We retained our senior status and made it to the semi-final of the club championship, we won our first round game in the county championship and came within one win of reaching the Division 1 promotion play-off stage.

The match was played in ideal conditions with Fitzgerald Stadium the venue. The opening score of the contest came from Gavin White following one of his trade mark runs up the field. Stephen O’Sullivan countered with a free for Templenoe after Teddy Doyle fouled, but then Dr Crokes turned on the style to hit four unanswered points courtesy of Tony Brosnan (2), Micheal Burns and David Shaw. Brian Crowley briefly interrupted their flow with a much needed point for Templenoe, but shortly beforehand Josh Crowley Holland was almost in for a goal for Templenoe, only to be denied by Crokes keeper Shane Murphy. Dr Crokes heeded the warning and finished out the opening quarter with three more scores without reply coming from Michael Burns, Tony Brosnan and Kieran O’Leary to make it 0-02 to 0-08 at the first water break.

Micheal Burns and Tony Brosnan increased the Killarney side’s advantage with two more white flags either side of another Brian Crowley score for Templenoe. Soon after Teddy Doyle and Stephen O’Sullivan both had to retire injured for Templenoe, which was something Templenoe could ill afford to happen. To their credit though, Templenoe did hit two points in a row in perhaps their best spell of the game to reduce the margin back to five points, but unfortunately it was only a temporary reprieve. Just before the interval, Dr Cokes were awarded a penalty and Tony Brosnan duly obliged to effectively end the game as a contest.

Half Time Score: Templenoe 0-05, Dr Crokes 1-10.

With Michael Hallissey also having to make way due to injury just before the half time break, Templenoe had now used up three substitutes, much sooner than they would have planned. Dr Crokes for their part continued to play excellent football in the second half with Brian Looney among those to impress, kicking five points to prove he still has plenty left in his locker. Templenoe’s sole score in the second half came from a Brian Crowley free, on a day when Templenoe just had a very forgettable afternoon in front of the posts, hitting 9 wides in total. Whereas Dr Crokes were far more clinical and had only 4 wides in the whole hour of action. By the end of the third quarter Dr Crokes were 0-06 to 1-13 ahead.

Jordan Kiely came off the bench in the final quarter to inflict further misery on Templenoe, with three well taken scores (one free). David Shaw and Kieran O’Leary also went on to add to their tallies, before Crokes completed their resounding win with substitute Tom Doyle getting his name on the scoresheet. Indeed the final margin could even have been more were it not for Templenoe keeper Mark Looney making a few brilliant point blank saves.

Final Score: Templenoe 0-06, Dr Crokes 1-22

Scorers:

Templenoe: Brian Crowley 0-03 (2f), Colin Crowley 0-01 (1f), Tadhg Morley 0-01, Stephen O’Sullivan 0-01.

Dr Crokes: Tony Brosnan 1-04 (1p-1f-1m), Brian Looney 0-05, Micheal Burns 0-03, David Shaw 0-03 (3f), Jordan Kiely 0-03 (1f), Kieran O’Leary 0-02, Gavin White 0-01, Tom Doyle 0-01.

Teams:

Templenoe: Mark Looney, Michael Hallissey, Gavin Crowley, Kieran O’Neill, Josh Crowley Holland, John Rice, Mark Casey, Sean Sheehan, Tadhg Morley, Colin Crowley, Stephen O’Sullivan, John Spillane, Brian Crowley, Adrian Spillane, Teddy Doyle.

Subs used: Kieran McCarthy, Martin Reilly, Tom Spillane, John Moriarty, Daniel Crowley, Joseph Sheehan.

Dr Crokes: Shane Murphy, John Payne, Fionn Fitzgerald, David Naughton Mark Cooper, Gavin White, Evan Looney, Mark O’Shea, Johnny Buckley, Gavin O’Shea, Micheal Burns, Brian Looney, Tony Brosnan, David Shaw, Kieran O’Leary

Subs used: Jordan Kiely, Daithi Casey, Mike Moloney, Tom Doyle, Mikey Casey

 

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