Kerry Senior Football Championship final
Dr Crokes 2-08 0-09 Mid Kerry, Fitzgerald Stadium FT
Match report to follow
Dr Crokes and Mid Kerry meet in the Kerry County Senior Football Championship Final this coming Sunday.
The game, between the two best sides in the competition, looks certain to be a classic affair with both outfits able to call on a number of inter-county stars, and those in attendance look set for an enjoyable contest.
The Killarney side can boost the likes of Colm Cooper, Eoin Brosnan and Kieran O’Leary in their ranks. The current champions will be determined to win this game and go on to represent Kerry in the Munster club championship.
The Crokes feel that they have some unfinished business in that competition, having performed so poorly against Nemo Rangers last year. Manager Harry O’Neill said “They would love to get back in there because they know that they didn’t do themselves justice against Nemo last year. The only people they have a point to prove to would be themselves. It would be great for them to get another opportunity to move forward in the Munster championship but they are not looking past Mid Kerry on Sunday”.
As Mid Kerry are a divisional side (made up of smaller clubs from a select area), they do not qualify for the club competition. Victory for the men in green and red would instead see Kerry club champions Rathmore, represent the kingdom in the All Ireland series. The East Kerry club, led by Aidan O’Mahony, claimed that title last weekend.
Mid Kerry are led by county star Darran O’Sullivan, who has given up the opportunity to travel to Australia in order to play in Sunday’s final. He is ably assisted by Donnacha Walsh and former county player Sean O’Sullivan.
Both teams have some excellent forwards and this is where the match could be won and lost. Daithi Casey, who starred for UCC in the Cork County Final, will line out for Crokes, while Gavin O’Grady who chipped in with two points for the college, will take the field for Mid Kerry.
Weather conditions will play an important part in Sunday’s final. It is generally agreed by Kerry football fans, that Crokes are at their best on fast terrain. The Killarney side play a quick passing game and are not suited to heavy ground. If they get their preferred conditions and are allowed spread the ball around the park, they are a very difficult team to stop.
However, on a wet day and a tight game, the stronger Mid Kerry outfit have the experience to grind out a win. A very difficult contest to call, but without knowing the weather conditions on the day, Crokes have to be the percentage call.