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Dramatic Finish Sees Kenmare In Kerry Final At Crokes' Expense

Dramatic Finish Sees Kenmare In Kerry Final At Crokes' Expense

For the third consecutive game, Kenmare Shamrocks pulled off a late victory in the Kerry Senior Club Championship.

At the scenic Fr Breen Park on Friday evening, they defeated Dr Crokes with the last kick of the game.

It was Seanie O'Shea who both won the free and kicked the score which won the game for Kenmare.

The victory means that Kenmare will face Austin Stacks in the final. The Tralee team topped the competition's other group.

Kenmare defeated Templenoe last weekend with a 68th minute goal and beat Kerins O'Rahillys in their opening game with a late flurry of points.

A draw or victory against Kenmare would have meant that Crokes progressed to the final. For much of the game, it looked as though that would be the case.

The Killarney side led by six points at the break but two second half goals - the first from Paul O'Connor and the second from Dan McCarthy - gave Kenmare the oxygen they needed.

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As late as the 58th minute, Crokes held a three-point lead but the move of O'Shea to the full forward line caused havoc in the Crokes defence.

He set up a goal chance for Paul O'Connor which led to a point and knocked down a high ball to Dan McCarthy which led to a 59th minute penalty being awarded. Shane Murphy saved the spot kick from O'Connor but then picked up the ball from the ground outside of his small rectangle. O'Shea kicked the resulting free to bring Kenmare within a point.

Another high ball forward was won by O'Shea on the edge of the square and he kicked a score to level the game. That was the 61st minute.

There would be a further seven minutes of action, the end of which saw O'Shea kick the winning score with the final play of the game.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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