Dr Crokes of Killarney meet Ballymun Kickhams in the All Ireland Senior Football Club Championship semi final, at Semple Stadium in Thurles, this Saturday afternoon at 4pm.
It’s yet another big Kerry versus Dublin match up, with a place in the St Patricks Day decider the prize at stake.
Dr Crokes have been one of the strongest clubs in Munster over the past decade and are no strangers to this stage of the competition. Following a 2-13 to 0-8 victory over Dingle in the Kerry County Final, Crokes got a real shock from Clare champions Kilmurray-Ibrickane in the Munster quarter final, before eventually winning out 2-08 to 0-13.
From there on it was much easier for the Killarney side, as they beat Clonmel Commercials by eleven points, and Castlehaven by seven in the Munster Final.
Ballymum Kickhams are relatively new to the latter stages of the club competition but are here on merit. They had to overcome the likes of St Vincents and Kilmacud Crokes in the Dublin county championship, before beating Mullingar Shamrocks and a strong Sarsfields team in Leinster. The final saw the Dublin club defeat Portlaoise, who have a strong pedigree in the club series.
Both sides have a full panel available for selection ahead of this afternoons semi final encounter.
Players To Watch
Colm Cooper is unquestionably the player to watch on the Dr Crokes side. The former Kerry captain is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the game and he will pose plenty of problems for Ballymum on Saturday.
Dean Rock, the son of legendary Dublin player Barney, is the star man for the Kickhams and he is capable of making in a long afternoon for the Crokes defence.
Ballymun at 7/4 with Boylesports.com looks a huge price