In the end it was all too easy as Killarney kingpins Dr Crokes recorded a facile 4-in-a-row of senior county championship titles at Fitzgerald Stadium.
Make no mistake about it, the score line does not lie and reflects the big gap in standards between these two sides.
Dr Crokes got the perfect start leading by 5 points to 1 after just six minutes and when Colm Cooper scored his fourth point of the game six minutes later the winners led by 8 points to 3. Kieran O’Leary and Chris Brady added two more before Alan O’Sullivan floated a beautiful diagonal ball from 50 yds which Colm Cooper collected and gave Darragh O’Brien no chance from close range to put his side 1-10 to 0-4 clear by the 24th minute.
Shane Carroll did respond with two points but at the break it was 1-11 to 0-6 for Dr Crokes.
Stacks had a mountain to climb, and that task became even greater within a minute of the restart when Daithi Casey’s searing run presented the ball on a plate for Chris Brady to palm to the net. Another goal minutes later from Kieran O’Leary and it was game over with twenty minutes still to go. A fourth goal at the three quarter stage, this time from Man of the Match, Daithí Casey, was the icing on the cake and thereafter it was a case of how much the winning margin would be.
Stacks did plug away in an effort to make the scoreboard more respectable and had points from Shane Carroll (2) and Greg Horan but these were of academic interest as Crokes secured the first 4-in-a-row in the Championship since John Mitchels in the early sixties.