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No joy for Kerry Under 17 Team in Semi Final   12/08/2017

All Ireland Under 17 Semi Final

Roscommon 2-15 Kerry 1-13

Kerry’s chances of a possible Minor and Under 17 double evaporated at Cusack Park Ennis today where a physically stronger Roscommon side were deserving winners over the Munster standard bearers. Kerry, who had first use of the strong wind, and who were obviously disadvantage by their three months lay-off, never led and were playing catch-up throughout against a side who, in the strapping Paul Carey at centre forward had the outstanding player on view.

Carey, from the moment he put the Connaught side 2 points to the good inside the opening four minutes, tormented Kerry throughout and ended the game with 1-6 to his credit, all points from play, the goal from a penalty.

Carey’s early brace was added to by a man with South Kerry connections, Ciaran Sugrue,  and Roscommon were into the groove even against the fresh wind, however,  Michael Kelleher soloed through for a good individual goal in the 7th minute to level the scores. The winners added to their tally and then Carey scored from a penalty when a Roscommon forward was upended in the square.  Luka Brosnan and two from Donal O’Sullivan, (free and play) made it a one point game once again by the 17th minute but Roscommon were looking the better side with their two main forwards, Carey and Peter Gillooly, added to their tally with Michael Devlin and Donal O’Sullivan (Free) replying for Kerry before the break to leave the half time score 1-6 to 1-5 in favour of the winners.

The second half was played in a welter of excitement before a small but enthusiastic attendance (who incidentally had to do without programmes despite the €10 admission fee). Roscommon often had 13 men behind the ball and Kerry found it very difficult to pass their way through despite the probing runs of Donal O’Sullivan in particular. Roscommon broke at pace and kicked some outstanding points from play during that second period while Kerry were dependant on frees for their scores and could never get a momentum going strong enough to take control of the game.

Two from Gillooly and another from Carey to one in reply from a pointed free by O’Sullivan saw Roscommon add to their lead inside the opening four minutes of the new half. Kerry were struggling but two pointed frees from O’Sullivan and a point from impressive sub Daire Cleary to one in reply from wing back Ciarán Lawless, had the margin down to one point, 1-10 to 1-9 by the 40th minute. Wing back, Lawless had another fine point from the wing and this was replied to by another O’Sullivan free, but then the turning point of the game came when after being set up by a quick free, Michael Devlin saw his close range shot for goal saved by the Roscommon keeper though Franz Sauerland did point from the ensuing play to level matters on 1-11 each with 13 mins to go.  However, Carey and Gillooly soon pointed in quick succession for the Rossies but Eddie Horan replied with what was Kerry’s only score from play in the half. A point in it with five to go and Kerry passed up a couple of chances to equalise by overplaying the ball and Andrew Lyons and Carey again left a goal between the sides before Gillooly on the break, soloed through for the clincher in injury time.

Roscommon will now play Tyrone, victors over Meath in the other semi final, on August 27th.

Scorers: Kerry: Donal O’Sullivan 0-7, 6 frees, Michael Kelliher 1-0, Eddie Horan 0-2 (0-1 free), Franz Sauerland, Luka Brosnan, Michael Devlin and Daire Cleary 0-1 each.

Roscommon: Paul Carey 1-6 (1-0 pen), Peter Gillooly 1-5 (0-2 frees), Ciaran Lawless 0-2, Ciaran Sugrue and Andrew Lyons 0-1 each.

Kerry Subs: Daire Cleary for McMahon, Sean Keane for Doherty, Darren Looney for Devane, Shay Walsh for B. Keane, Muiris Fitzgerald for O’Connell, Brian Lonergan for Uosis.

Kerry V Roscommon All Ireland Under 17 Football Semi Final

The Kerry Under 17 Football Team to play Roscommon in the All Ireland semi final at Cusack Park Ennis on Saturday next (2pm) shows 3 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in the Munster Final back in May. Donagh McMahon of Austin Stacks comes into the half forward line, and in the full forward line, Donal O’Sullivan of Kilgarvan, who was injured for the Cork game, returns at full forward with Micheál Devlin, a second half sub against Cork, coming in at corner forward. The players to lose out are Sean Keane, the unavailable Michael Slattery and Dara Casey.

The team contains three players who started in the All Ireland Minor Quarter final last weekend; Goalkeeper Deividas Uosis, centre back Eddie Horan and full forward Donal O’Sullivan, while Michael Slattery was introduced as a sub. in that game

The team, captained by Sean O’Connell of Cordal is as follows:

1. Deividas Uosis               Dingle

2. Gearóid Lyne                 Annascaul

3. Dylan Casey                   Austin Stacks

4. Fergal Barry                   Na Gaeil

5. Luka Brosnan                Castleisland Desmonds

6. Eddie Horan                   Scartaglen

7. Thomas Devane            Dingle

8. Seán O'Connell  (C)       Cordal

9. Franz Sauerland            An Ghaeltacht

10. Donagh McMahon      Austin Stacks

11. Michael Kelleher          John Mitchels

12. Sean Doherty               Glenflesk

13. Barry Keane                Listry

14. Donal O'Sullivan         Kilgarvan

15. Micheál Devlin            Killarney Legion

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brian Lonergan           Ballymacelligott

17. Darren Looney            Killarney Legion

18. Seán Keane                  Listowel Emmets

19. Dáire Cleary                 Laune Rangers

20. David Shanahan          Castleisland Desmonds

21. Muiris Fitzgerald          St. Mary's

22. Shay Walsh                   Scartaglen

23. William Goodwin         Castlegregory

24. Oisín O'Connor            Glenbeigh-Glencar


Bainisteoir:  Peter Keane (St Marys)

Treanalaí: Chris Flannery and Padraig Murphy

Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin), Colm Whelan (St Senans)

Coach: John Dillon (Duagh)


Additional Players on the Kerry Under 17 Panel

Darragh O’Connor                 Laune Rangers

Michael Slattery                     Austin Stacks

Dara Casey                             Glenbeigh-Glencar

Jason Mortimer                      Churchill

Stiofán Ó Conchúir                An Ghaeltacht

Damien Burke                        Na Gaeil

Kerry Under 17s in All Ireland Semi Final action this weekend

Cusack Park in Ennis is the venue on Saturday for the Under 17 All Ireland semi final between Kerry and Roscommon, a game that has a 2pm throw-in time. With an overlap of three or four players between both the Kerry Minor and Under 17 teams, and the Kerry Minors in action seven days later in the All Ireland championship semi final, there will have to be a delicate balancing act performed by manager Peter Keane and his management team of Tommy Griffin, James Foley, John Dillon and Colm Whelan.  The likes of goalkeeper Deividas Uosis, centre back Eddie Horan and half forward Donal O’Sullivan, are all featuring with the Minors as well as the Under 17s.

The Under 17 competition is not a championship of course rather it is a competition to cater for the fact that this year’s Under 17 players would miss out at intercounty level given that the Minor age limit will be reduced to 17 next season. Kerry opened their campaign with a 3-11 to 1-6 victory over Tipperary in Austin Stack Park and then went on to defeat Cork in the provincial final by five points on a 15 points to 10 score-line. On that occasion they had to do without the injured Donal O’Sullivan and on Saturday they will have to get on without the suspended Michael Slattery who is also on the Minor panel.

Roscommon defeated Leitrim by 1-14 to 0-11 in their opening game and then defeated Galway by 2-8 to 1-8 in the provincial final a game Galway had to play without their minor players who were involved in the Connaught final that same weekend.

The other semi final between Meath and Tyrone will take place in Breffini Park on this Wednesday. Extra time will apply in the event of a draw and if the teams are still level then a free taking competition will decide the outcome on the day. The final of the competition is scheduled for August 27th as a curtain raiser to the Minor and Senior semi finals in Croke Park.

The Kerry Under 17 team will be announced on Thursday evening at 9pm.