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Dingle through to U21 Championship Final 2016-07-14 23:04:00

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Semi Final
Dingle 1-12 Dr Crokes 0-5

On a night borrowed from winter, a physically stronger Dingle outfit overcame a youthful Dr Crokes fifteen to advance to the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship final at Strand Road this evening. The winners, with wind advantage, got into their stride right from the throw-in, were seven points to the good at half time, and once they got the only goal of the game soon after the restart, there was only going to be one winner.

With Mark O’Connor, Barry O’Sullivan and Patrick Sheehy dominating the middle third, Dingle wasted little time registering their superiority on the scoreboard and they raced into a 7 points to no score lead inside the opening 15 minutes with chief marksman Cathal Bambury getting four of those scores (2 frees) and Tomás Sheehy getting two more. The first time kick passing to their inside forwards was proving very effective for Dingle and some fine scores followed as a result.

Tony Brosnan opened the Killarney side’s account from a free in the 16th minute and Jack Griffin had their second from play soon after as Dr Crokes began to play their way into the game with Gavin White being especially strong at centre back. Cathal Bambury was almost in for a goal for Dingle in the 21st minute after being set up by Conor Geaney but his shot went just over, and having kicked eight wides in that opening half, the winners finished with the score of the game by Conor Geaney from the wing to leave the score 9 points to 2 in favour of the Chorca Dhuibhne side at the break.

Gavin White, with the wind and rain to his back, had a good score for Dr Crokes just after the restart but Liam Brosnan replied before the outcome of this game was more or less decided in the 34th minute. Barry O’Sullivan’s strength saw him burst through three would be tacklers before parting to Tomás Sheehy who put Cathal Bambury through for a fine goal and when Tom O’Sullivan pointed a minute later, Dingle were 1-11 to 0-3 clear. Liam Brosnan kicked the winner’s final score of the half in the 39th minute and when Dr Crokes were reduced to 14 men soon after there was no way back for the Black and Amber side as the game petered out with Dingle content to soak up the Dr Crokes pressure for the remaining time. Tony Brosnan and Adam O’Shea pointed frees in the 45th and 60th minute but these scores merely put a better complexion on the scoreboard.

So Dingle are through to the final where their opponents will be either St Kieran's or South Kerry who meet i n the other semi final on Wednesday 27th July.

Dingle: Cathal Bambury 1-5 (2 frees), Liam Brosnan, Tomás Sheehy, Conor Geaney (0-1 free) 0-2 each, and Tom O’Sullivan 0-1.
Dr Crokes: Tony Brosnan 0-2 (frees), Jack Griffin and Gavin White 0-1 each.

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Semi Final Draw

Three of the four semi finalists are known following Round 2 of the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship last week.
South Kerry, Dr Crokes and Dingle are safely through following victories over Feale Rangers, Austin Stacks and Kerins O’Rahillys respectively.
The fourth semi finalist will be either St Kierans or Kenmare District. St Kierans defeated Shannon Rangers in a Round 1 game on Monday evening (5-12 to 1-9). Shannon Rangers had earlier defeated Mid Kerry in a delayed first Round game. St Kierans play Kenmare District on July 14th at 7pm.
The semi final draw was made at Tuesday evening’s CCC meeting and resulted in the following pairings:

Dingle V Dr Crokes (in Strand Rd on July 14th)
St Kierans or Kenmare District V South Kerry (27th July at a venue TBC)