Calm Crokes carry on as O’Rorke in top form

by Gazette Reporter

OISIN O’Rorke’s accuracy was once again a key factor as he struck 1-11 Kilmacud Crokes defeated O’Toole’s in Sunday’s opening Dublin SHC semi-final at Parnell Park.
After an initially shaky start, Crokes got on top with O’Rorke’s goal and they pulled away as time pushed on according to Niall Corcoran.
“We started off nervously and O’Toole’s got a few points up,” he said afterwards. “But our lads got their act together up front and got the two goals [before half-time] which were ultimately the difference and we’re just happy to be in the final.
“We definitely had more chances in the first half but didn’t take them. We had to tighten up on our discipline but we kept calm, kept our structure and worked to the game plan and the second half loosened up a bit more and we took a few more scores to finish off the game.”
The Larriers had started well with three Niall Arthur points edging them in front before O’Rorke booted home the opening goal. Oisín and his brother Barry continued to keep the scoreboard ticking for Crokes before the concluding the half on the up.
Ross O’Carroll followed up scoring a point from play by firing home his side’s second goal from a great Fergal Whitely crossfield delivery in the second minute of first half added time.
Arthur replied with a free but Whitely finished the first half scoring with a point to give Ollie Baker’s men a 2-10 to 0-7 interval advantage. Crokes continued to hold O’Toole’s at arm’s length in the second half.
Arthur, Oisin O’Rorke, sub Andrew Morris and O’Rorke again exchanged scores on the restart before Ger Arthur and his brother Niall got three in succession to cut the deficit to six points, 2-12 to 0-12 after 40 minutes.
However, Kilmacud bounced back with points from Ryan O’Dwyer and Ross O’Carroll and only conceded once more down a comfortable closing stretch.

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