GAA: Crokes make easy work booking a last-four spot

by Aaron Dunne
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Kilmacud Crokes 5-19 – Raharney (Westmeath)0-15

Kilmacud Crokes’ double-time march parades through Navan this weekend, as the double double baton is passed to the footballers.

Having secured complete Dublin GAA dominance by winning the Dublin Senior Football and Dublin Senior Hurling Championships, Crokes are looking for provincial pre-eminence and are now mid a two pronged Leinster Championship attack.

The hurlers played their part last weekend, crossing county lines to win in Mullingar to progress to the LSC semi finals – and this Saturday sees the footballers travel to enemy territory where they battle to reach the same stage of the football equivalent.

The south Dublin side, with four Leinster Football Championships and two club All Irelands to their name, take on Wolfe Tones of Navan, who won only their second ever Meath Senior Football Championships in the first week of November via a surprise win over St Peter’s of Dunboyne in the decider.

Pairc Taitleann, Navan plays host to the Dublin Meath clash with throw in at 1.30pm. 

Victory for Kilmacud will see the Dublin SFC winners match the achievements to date of the club’s hurlers.

The Dublin SHC champions blew away Westmeath opposition in Mullingar last weekend to reach the Leinster Championship final four.

The Stillorgan side excelled in small ball competition to 

progress past Raharney and to within touching distance of the decider.

A 5-19 to 0-15 rout set up a final four clash with Laois champions Clough-Ballacolla after they defeated Wexford champions Raparees in O’Moore Park on Saturday evening.

28 November 2021; Jamie Clinton, left, and Brian Sheehy of Kilmacud Crokes after the 2021 AIB Leinster Club Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final match between Raharney Hurling Club and Kilmacud Crokes at TEG Cusack Park in Mullingar, Westmeath. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

That semi is scheduled for Sunday, 12 December at 1.00 pm in O’Moore Park.

Crokes needed time to warm into their first Leinster Championships clash since 2014 but once they hit their stride they were unstoppable.  

They led by just two points mid way through the half and took six point advantage into the break. 

However, they were a class and half above after the turn and finished with a 19-point cushion.

Inter-county star Ronan Hayes found the net twice, as did Alex Considine while Eddie Gibbons also raised the green flag.

Dara Purcell of Kilmacud Crokes in action against Eamon Cunneen of Raharney (main) and (inset) Jamie Clinton and Brian Sheehy. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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