REPORT: Abbeydorney Hit Four Goals To Overcome Dr Crokes

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Mike O’Halloran reports on Abbeydorney’s win over Dr Crokes in the opening round of the Garveys Supervalu Kerry SHC at Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening…

Abbeydorney 4-17

Dr Crokes 0-16

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Talk before this game was that a shock might be on the cards, but Michael O’Leary put paid to that speculation when he had the ball in the Crokes net after three minutes.

Mark Heffernan drew Dr Crokes level with a free before O’Leary pointed again. Mark Heffernan and Tom Doyle had a point each for Dr Crokes, then James O’Connor struck over two in a row for Abbeydorney.

Michael O’Leary struck for a second goal on 21 minutes and Mark Heffernan had two more points either side of a point from Michael O’Leary to leave the score on 22 minutes Abbeydorney 2-05 Dr Crokes 0-05.

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Jedd Maunsell was replaced by Brendan O’Leary and O’Leary was barely on the field when he pointed over his shoulder.

David Egan had Abbeydorney’s last point of the first half with Tom Doyle scoring Dr Crokes final score of the half. The halftime score Abbeydorney 2-07 Dr Croke’s 0-07.

The halftime score could have looked much different if Dr Crokes had taken the goal chances presented to them.

By the 38th minute, Abbeydorney led 2-10 to 0-09 when Niall O’Mahony pointed off his left. On 46 minutes Charlie Keating had the point of the game to make it 2-12 to to 0-12 with Dr Crokes keeping in touch.

Two minutes later Kian Sheehan goaled for Abbeydorney and it looked like curtains for Dr Crokes, but they were presented with a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty. Charlie Keating made a slight mistake in the lift and sent the ball wide.

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Oisin Maunsell was introduced and the dual star had an immediate impact on the game, scoring two points in a row to bring to score to 3-15 for O’Dorney, 0-14 for Dr Crokes.

Brendan O’Leary added two points either side of an Oisin Maunsell goal.¬†An impressive start to the county championship for the County and North Kerry League champions with an impressive tally of 4-17 accompanied by 15 wides.

Final score: Abbeydorney 4-17 Dr Croke’s 0-16.

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