Cork champion’s Nemo Rangers won their 15th Munster Football Senior Club title with a 1-15 to 1-13 win over Dr Crokes of Kerry at Mallow on Sunday.
Nemo led by 1-13 to 0-3 at the break and looked to have the title in the bag but to their credit, Crokes fought back and were by far the better side in the second half.
The Killarney side had to plan without the injured Johnny Buckley and his loss had a huge impact on the game, as David Niblock starred at midfield for Nemo, and helped his team build up a big early lead.
James Masters scored an 11th minute goal for the Cork men, and county star Paul Kerrigan added three points from play. Crokes tried hard and Colm Cooper had two goal chances but one hit the crossbar while the second was saved by Brian Morgan, the Nemo goalkeeper.
Nemo went in to the dressing rooms with a 13 point lead and in truth they probably felt that they had done enough at that stage. It certainly showed on the restart as Crokes started to eat into the lead, with Kieran O’Leary, Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan all scoring points.
The Kerry side were still five points down going into injury time but O’Leary fired a late goal to leave only two points between the teams.. However, Nemo hung on for a narrow win and now face Connacht champions St Brigid’s in the semi final.