Kilmacud Crokes 0-14
KILMACUD CROKES ultimately slayed the ghost of their shock defeat to Longford’s Mullinalaghta three years earlier when they powered previous Naas to land the Leinster elderly club football championship at Croke Park lasst weekend break.
Without the services of amulet Paul Mannion, as disclosed in last week’s Dublin Gazette, the Stilorgin side still had the firepower to see off the Kildare champions and also finish a 10-year wait for provicincial magnificence.
“I do not understand,” stated manager Robbie Brennan. “I believed it might the min the whistle went, but I’m not so sure it did. That was a fair old shock to the system a couple of years ago, albeit deserved as I said prior to by Mullinalaghta. But this is special in its very own right.”
Brennan has actually always tried to play down the psychological marks as this year’s team plotted a course via the province. Gamers have come as well as gamers have gone, he insisted, but 10 of those that started 3 years back were included at the weekend.
That number would certainly have been eleven had Paul Mannion not rested it out. Bothered by a knee injury over Christmas, the former Dublin star undertook a minor procedure on Friday and also played no part.
Naas really did not help themselves at times, especially in a first-half when they were probably simply the better group yet all frequently fell short to make the most of their job when near objective, however the way in which Crokes shut out the game on the reboot was impressive.
It might be that this 30 minutes was the very best we have seen from them this season as well as it bodes well for a side that, with a fifth Leinster title under their arm, will currently look to push on and also declare a 3rd All-Ireland title.
Their knowledge with HQ will stand to them must they make it back to Croke Park for the greatest decider of them all but the Connacht champions as well as a continuous pandemic stand as troublesome obstacles in between this group and also their unsated ambition.