Classy Kerry cruise to 15th All –Ireland Junior success
Kerry 0-19 Mayo 1-7 By Murt Murphy Kerry captured All-Ireland Junior Football title number fifteen at a breezy Ennis on Saturday afternoon and their first since 2006, when they completely outclassed a Mayo side who failed to perform on the day.
The issue was never in doubt as Kerry were quickly into their stride and dominated in most sectors of the pitch with Andrew Garnett and Alan O’Sullivan ruling the roost at midfield. But doubtless, Kerry senior boss elect, Eamon Fitzmaurice will have been impressed by Kerry’s young and attacking half back line of Marcus Mangan, Jack Sherwood and James Walsh, who laid the foundations for this Kerry win and these three lads along with Paul O’Donoghue and Kerry U-21 corner forward Conor Cox, who top scored with 0-8, will surely join the senior squad in 2013.
Kerry boss Sean Moynihan summed up his feelings “I am delighted, it was a massive win for us. The lads played tremendous stuff and as I said before, there are a number of those lads who are knocking on the door of the senior set up, and that has been one of the most pleasing aspects of this win.”
Moynihan admitted that he could not relax until very close to the end “It was only when the linesman told me that there was three minutes of injury time left, was I able to relax to be honest. We spoke about it at half time, there was no point during the game, and did we take our eye off the prize. We were six points up at half time, playing with the wind, and we knew that they were going to come back at us; they were not going to lie down, because they had not anything to lose. When they got the goal, it reduced the deficit to four points but we kicked on again and added some superb points. We always felt that we had a lot of quality up front, if we could get them the ball and get it to them quickly and we did that today and they did the business for us.”
Moynihan is not too sure about the future as he was only appointed for one year but that was because there is a doubt about the future of the Junior competition “We won a Munster Championship away from home, we played the All-Ireland semi final in Nenagh and today we are in Ennis – we must be the first Kerry team ever to win an All-Ireland Final without ever playing a game in home soil. But I think this junior team will be remembered for the football they played and they have helped lift the county and a lot of the younger lads will be heard of in the future. So all in all a pleasing win against a good Mayo side, who just failed to fire on the day”
Kerry simply had too much firepower for Mayo as they raced 0-4 to 0-1 clear at the end of the opening quarter, thanks to points from Niall O’Mahony (2), Conor Cox and David O’Callaghan while Ronan McNamara replied with a Mayo free, in fact Mayo never scored from play in the first half.
Cox added three more in the second quarter, and one each from David O’Callaghan and Niall O’Mahony as Kerry despite Conor Cox having a 16th minute penalty saved by Paul Mannion, raced 0-9 to 0-3 clear by half time.
Mayo thanks to substitutes Joe Kelly and Kevin Gibbons did improve in the second half, but they did not score from play until wing back Michael Forde scored in the 37th minute and Cox and David O’Callaghan continued to plunder points for the Kingdom.
Then Mayo got a faint glimmer of hope when Joe Kelly finished to the Kerry net in the 50th minute to close the gap to four (0-14 to 1-7) but Mayo did not score again as Kerry added five unanswered points, from Mike O’Donoghue, Niall O’Mahony, Conor Cox (2) and substitute Colin Kerins to emphasize the gulf in class between the sides.
Mayo had Micheal Walsh sent off in the final minute for a second yellow but it mattered little.
Man of the Match – Conor Cox (Kerry)
Scorers Kerry C Cox 0-8 (0-2frees), N O’Mahony 0-5, D O’Callaghan 0-3 (0-1 free) M O’Donoghue, A O’Sullivan and C Kerins 0-1 each
Mayo J Kelly 1-0, E McManamon 0-3 frees, R McManamon 0-1 free, P Mannion 0-1 ’45, M Forde and O Quinn 0-1 each
Teams: KERRY: KERRY: Sean Óg Ó Ciardubháin (Cordal); Kieran Quirke (Duagh), Brendan O’Mahoney (John Mitchels), Kevin O’Dwyer (Waterville), Marcus Mangan (Milltown/ Castlemaine), JackSherwood (Firies), James Walsh (Knocknagoshel), Andrew Garnett (Spa), Alan O’Sullivan (Tousist), Niall O’Mahony (Spa), Niall Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromada), Paul O’Donoghue (St Mary’s), David O’Callaghan (St Pat’s Blennerville), Mike O’Donoghue (Spa), Conor Cox (Listowel Emmets). Subs: Eamon Hickson ( Annascaul) for K Quirke (34), Mikey Brennan ( Churchill) for A Garnett (inj 49), Colm Kerins ( Milltown/Castlemaine) for D O’Callaghan (54), Brendan Poff ( St Pats) for P O’Donoghue (56), Pat Corridan ( Finuge) for M Mangan (58)
MAYO P Mannion, M Walsh, L O’Malley, B Leonard; M Forde, O Feeney, O Quinn, R McNamara , P Collins; P McManamon, E McManamon, S Cloherty, A McTigue , C Dempsey , A Egan Subs: M Moran for O Feeney (19), J Kelly for R McNamara (29), K Gibbons for A McTigue (h/t), Conor Horan for P McManamon (39), Ger McDonagh for S Cloherty (54)
Referee: M Condon (Waterford)
Kerry Junior Team to play Mayo in the GAA Football All Ireland Junior Championship Final on Saturday 25th August 2012 in Cusack Park, Ennis at 2.30pm
1.Seán Óg Ó Ciardubháin (Cordal) 2. Kieran Quirke (Duagh) 3. Brendan O Mahoney (John Mitchels) 4 Kevin O’Dwyer (Waterville) 5.Marcus Mangan (Capt ) (Milltown/Castlemaine) 6.Jack Sherwood (Firies) 7. James Walsh (Knocknagoshel) 8. Andrew Garnett (Spa) 9. Alan O’Sullivan (Tuosist) 10.Niall O’Mahony (Spa) 11.Niall Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromada) 12.Paul O’Donoghue (St. Mary’s) 13.David O’Callaghan (St Pats Blennerville) 14. Mike O’Donoghue (Spa) 15.Conor Cox (Listowel Emmets)
Substitutes: 16. Sean O’Dee (Beale) 17. Michael Brennan (Churchill) 18. Eamon Hickson (Annascaul) 19.Colm Kerins (Milltown Castlemaine ) 20. Edmund Walsh (Knocknagoshel) 21. Niall Fitzgerald (Waterville) 22. Jason Hickson (Annascaul) 23. Brendan Poff (St Pats Blennerville) 24. Cathal Moriarty (Milltown Castlemaine) 25.Daniel O’Dwyer (Waterville) 26. Pat Corridan (Finuge)
Manager: Sean Moynihan (Spa) Trainer: Willie Cahill, (Spa) Selectors: Michael A O Connell (Piarsaigh na Dromoda), Seamus Murphy (St. Pats Blenerville)
GAA All Ireland Junior Football Championship Final
Kerry v Mayo
Saturday 25th August in Cusack Park Ennis @ 2.30pm
Kerry carries too much firepower for Cavan
Kerry 1-16 Cavan 2-6
Kerry breezed past Cavan in this entertaining All-Ireland Junior Football Championship semi-final played at Nenagh on Saturday last while Kerry were delayed en route due to traffic congestion, the Kingdom were in complete control of this contest throughout, save a five minute spell midway through the opening half. Kerry were on top at midfield, thanks to Andrew Garnett and Alan O’Sullivan and with Marcus Mangan, Jack Sherwood and James Walsh, picking up the breaks, the slick Kerry attack, had the legs on the Cavan defence.
Kerry boss Sean Moynihan was delighted with the Kerry win “ We knew it was going to be a very tough game, because Cavan had come out of Leinster, having beaten a very good Kildare side. We definitely got a better start than we had been getting in previous games. But we gave away that first quarter penalty that gave Cavan a lead and the wind was a major factor in the game. But from our point of view, we are very happy with the attitude of our players, and they dug us out again on Saturday and in fairness it was a comprehensive win in the end but we were never able to relax during the game”
Kerry jumped 0-4 to 0-2 in front by the end of the opening quarter, with points from Conor Cox (free), David O’Callaghan, Alan O’Sullivan and Paul O’Donoghue with Martin Dunne and Oisin O’Connell replying for Cavan.
Dunne was troubling the Kerry fullback line, and having converted a 19th minute free, he then drilled the ball low past Sean OG O Ciardubhain from the penalty spot in the 20th minute, after Sean Gaffney was hauled down.
This saw Cavan briefly lead 1-3 to 0-4 but Kerry’s retort was quickly and deadly as Mike O’Donoghue fired over a superb point and then in the 24th minute, a Paul O’Donoghue forty five was brilliantly fielded by Andrew
Garnett, who spotted his Spa club mate inside him, and Mike O’Donoghue blasted the ball to Cavan net and Kerry were never to lose this lead.
Three more Kerry points followed and by half time Kerry led 1-8 to 1-3 and while Cavan had the wind in the second half, they were in trouble at midfield and the Kerry defence superbly led by Kevin Dwyer and James Walsh, were in a defiant mood. Kerry’s class up front was emphasised by the fact that all six starting forwards were on the score sheet soon after the beginning of the second half.
Mayo, who beat Lancashire in the other semi-final last weekend, will have to perform resolutely in defence if they are to emerge victorious in the final.
Despite being aided by the breeze, Cavan continued to play with just three forwards inside the Kerry half. Kerry’s dominance in midfield meant that those forwards were able to make little use of the space afforded to them.
Kerry’s attack continued to farm scores in the third quarter and moved 1-13 to 1-5 clear by the end of the third quarter but Cavan thanks to a deflected Martin Dunne goal in the 49th minute followed by a quick Dunne point, reduced the deficit to four.
However Kerry were not to be denied and with wing forward Paul O’Donoghue giving a man of the match display, Cavan did not score again and Kerry added three points, from Conor Cox (2) and Paul O’Donoghue with a long range free.
Team boss Moynihan is sure that four of five of this Junior side will step up to senior squad regardless of who will replace Jack O’Connor “ We have a couple of U-21’s playing and a few lads just gone over age, so we have some fine young and committed footballers who have fierce aspirations to go on and play with the Kerry senior team, and I feel we have four or five of that team who are definitely good enough and worth having a look at , whoever takes over the Kerry senior squad” Kerry will now face Mayo in All-Ireland Final on Saturday August 25th in Ennis and they will have the support of the county behind them. Scorers: C Cox 0-5 (0-2frees), M O’Donoghue 1-1, P O’ Donoghue 0-3 (0-1free, 0- 1 ’45), N O’Mahony 0-3, D O’Callaghan 0-2 (0-1 free), A O’Sullivan and N O’Se 0-1 each
Cavan M Dunne 2-5 (1-0 pen, 0-3 frees), 0-1 O O’Connell 0-1
KERRY: S Óg Ó Ciardubháin (Cordal); K Quirke (Duagh), B O’Mahoney (John Mitchels), K O’Dwyer (Waterville), M Mangan (Milltown/ Castlemaine), J Sherwood (Firies), J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), A Garnett (Spa), A O’Sullivan (Tuosist), N O’Mahony (Spa), N Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromada), P O’Donoghue (St Mary’s), D O’Callaghan (St Pat’s Blennerville), M O’Donoghue (Spa), C Cox (Listowel Emmets).
Subs: C Kerins (Milltown Castlemaine) for D O’Callaghan (45); E Hickson (Annascaul) for K Quirke (50), M Brennan (Churchill) for A Garnett (52), E Walsh (Knocknagoshel) for A O’Sullivan (60), C Moriarty (Milltown Castlemaine) for N Ó Sé (60).
CAVAN: J Farrelly (Kingscourt); J Morris (Arva), R Dunne (Redhills), F Slowey (Ballyhaise), D Barkley (Ramor United), K Brady (Mullahoran), E O’Connell (Castlerahan), S Gaffney (Kill), B Murray (Killygarry), P O’Connor (Cavan Gaels), M Reilly (Killygarry), K Fannin (Drumgoon), O O’Connell (Castlerahan), M Dunne (Cavan Gaels), D Sexton (Cavan Gaels).
Subs: J Dillon (Kingscourt) for R Dunne (ht); N Reilly (Ballinagh) for E O’Connell (38), B Reilly (Kingscourt) for S Gaffney (39), C McClarey (Cavan Gaels) for K Fannin (51), N McKiernan (Lacken) for O O’Connell (57).
Referee: Joe Curley ( Meath)
Congratulations to the Kerry Junior Footballers & the management team for their win today against Cavan
Kerry 1-16 Cavan 2-6
Kerry Junior Team to play Cavan on Saturday 11th August 2012 in Nenagh at 3.30pm
1. Seán Óg Ó Ciardubháin (Cordal)
2. Kieran Quirke C. Ó Coirc (Duagh)
3. Brendan O Mahoney B. Ó Mathúna (John Mitchels)
4. Kevin O’Dwyer C. Ó Duibhir (Waterville)
5. Marcus Mangan (Capt ) M. Ó Mongáin (Milltown/Castlemaine)
6. Jack Sherwood S. Sherwood (Firies)
7. James Walsh S. Breathnach (Knocknagoshel)
8. Andrew Garnett A. Garnett (Spa)
9. Alan O’Sullivan A. Ó Suilleabháin (Tuosist)
10. Niall O’Mahony N. Ó Mathúna (Spa)
11. Niall Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromada)
12. Paul O’Donoghue P. Ó Donnchú (St. Mary’s)
13. David O’Callaghan D. Ó Ceallacháin (St Pats Blennerville)
14. Mike O’Donoghue M. Ó Donnchú (Spa)
15. Conor Cox C. Mac an Choilligh (Listowel Emmet’s)
16. Sean O’Dee S. Ó Diaghaidh (Beale)
17. Michael Brennan M. Ó Braonáin (Churchill)
18. Eamon Hickson E. Ó Icí (Annascaul)
19. Colm Kerins Ó Céirín (Milltown Castlemaine )
20. Edmund Walsh E. Breathnach (Knocknagoshel)
21. Niall Fitzgerald N. Mac Gearailt (Waterville)
22. Jason Hickson J. Ó Icí (Annascaul)
23. Brendan Poff B. Poff (St Pats Blennerville)
24. Cathal Moriarty C. Ó Muircheartaigh (Milltown Castlemaine)
25. Daniel O’Dwyer D. Ó Duibhir (Waterville)
Manager: Sean Moynihan (Spa) Trainer: Willie Cahill, (Spa) Selectors: Michael A O Connell (Piarsaigh na Dromoda) Seamus Murphy (St. Pats Blenerville)
In-form O’Callaghan fires Kerry to victory
Kerry 3-18 Clare 3-7 (By Gerry Quinn)
A strong second half performance from Kerry earned them the Munster JFC title at Hennessy Memorial Park, Miltown Malbay last evening against a Clare side that led at half-time but had to play with 14 men for much of the time after the break. Corner-back Darren Hickey was sent off for a second yellow card offence in the 54th minute. It coincided with a period in the game that Kerry began to assert themselves and with the extra man in tow the Kingdom ran out easy winners in the end. Two goals by the in-form David O’Callaghan inside a minute just as the game headed into the third quarter affirmed the visitor’s supremacy that was tested manfully by an eager Clare in the opening half. Goals by Noel Downes and Killian Malone gave the home-side the upper hand early on, but a goal and two points inside two minutes, late in the half by Kerry, ensured that the half-time score-line was close, with the Banner leading by 2-5 to 1-7 at the break.
From the resumption, Kerry overtook the Claremen with points by O’Callaghan and wing-forward Paul O’Donoghue and forged ahead from there. O’Callaghan’s pair of goals were well taken with the first coming in the 56th when his powerful shot rattled PierseDeLoughrey’s net. Thirty seconds later the St Pats Blennerville clubman was put in a good scoring position from a Niall Ó Sé pass and once more his blistering strike gave the keeper no chance. In the second half, good performances by two Kerry forwards inparticular, Paul and Mike O’Donoghue, in conjunction with O’Callaghan, helped Kerry to dominate and come out with a deserved 10 points lead at the final whistle. Clare did pull back a consolation goal late in the game through sub David Ryan but by this stagethe cup was destined for a trip across the Shannon, accompanied by the Sean Moynihan managed victorious Kerry side.
Scorers Kerry: D O’Callaghan (2-2), M O’Donoghue (0-6), P O’Donoghue (1-2), C Cox (0-5) 2 f’s, N Ó Sé, N O’Mahony (0-1) each.
Clare: K Malone (1-2) 0-2 f’s, N Downes (1-1), D Ryan (1-0), P Reidy (0-2), S Malone (0-1). P McMahon (0-1) ‘45.
KERRY: S Óg Ciardubháin, K Quirke, P Corridan, K O’Dwyer, M Mangan (Capt), J Sherwood, M Brennan, A Garnett, A O’Sullivan, N O’Mahony, N Ó Sé, P O’Donoghue, D O’Callaghan, M O’Donoghue, C Cox.
Subs: J Hickson for Cox (48), B Poff for O’Mahony (54), B O’Mahoney for Quirke, (55), N Fitzgerald for Mangan (55), E Walsh for Garnett (56).
CLARE: P De Loughrey, D Hickey, S Hickey (Capt), E Ralph, M "Ogie" Murphy, P O’Connor, S Tierney, K King, C Ryan, I McInerney, P Reidy, S Malone, P McMahon, N Downes, K Malone.
Subs: E Talty for Ralph (Half-time), C Dunning for S Malone (35), D Ryan for McMahon (39), C Cormican for D Ryan (45),