Crokes desire to exorcise Nemo ghost should be enough to beat UCC

AIB Munster Club Senior Football Final preview
By Murt Murphy for
It is rare for a team to contest two Munster Cub Championship Finals in the one year and that is exactly what Dr Crokes are doing on this Sunday, when they face UCC in the AIB Munster Club Final at the Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney ( 2pm), having lost the 2010 final last January to Nemo Rangers, that had been weather affected.
So Dr Cokes will be hell bent in making amends in more or less their home patch and they will face a stern test from a UCC team who have themselves enjoyed a super year, winning the Sigerson Cup and the Cork County Championship and now they are just one hour way from winning Munster.

To add spice to the his historic occasion in Killarney, UCC are in the main made up of Kerry players and two of their key performers all year, Johnny Buckley and Daithi Casey, are now playing against them, as they returned to their home club for the this competition.
UCC are free spirits and play an all out attacking game that has seen then post some big totals along the way so Dr Crokes will be taking nothing for granted.

UCC's all-Kerry full-forward line of Paul Geaney, Gavin O'Grady and Stephen O'Brien racked up 4-11 in their impressive 5-12 to 1-5 annihilation of Moyle Rovers in the semi-final, on the back of scoring 1-19 in their quarter-final win over Monaleen, the Cork college carries a huge scoring threat.
They have Peter Crowley and Sean Kiely at the back and other Kerry players likely to figure include J B Spillane, Micheal Griffin, Adrian Greaney, and Jamie O'Sullivan, so it is a final that has very much a Kerry flavour about it.
However Crokes have in their five Kerry panellists - weapons of mass destruction on their day, Colm Cooper, Eoin Brosnan, Kieran O'Leary, Daithi Casey and Johnny Buckley to give them the edge in experience.

It promises to be a cracking game and it will be a lot closer than the bookmakers would have you believe.
Crokes are chasing a first senior provincial title since 2006, Dr Crokes are fancied to advance to a mouth-watering All-Ireland club semi-final against Ulster kingpins Crossmaglen Rangers but it might not be by much.
It could well be decided around the middle third of the pitch where Crokes have been struggling and a lot may depend on Johnny Buckley and Ambrose O'Donovan and their ability to win primary possession.
Crokes will be looking for a good start as they have been chasing games this year with the exception of the Rathmore game (which they lost) but they cannot afford to allow UCC build up a big lead.
College teams are noted battlers and UCC have taken some big scalps in the Sigerson and on the Cork SFC so they will not fear the Crokes.

However, Dr Crokes have the experience and home advantage and this could be crucial, they have the motivation of last seasons defeat to Nemo Rangers so I don't think they will slip up and I expect Crokes to make it Munster title number 2 for Kerry, following on Dromid Pearses great win last Sunday

Verdict: Dr Crokes