Munster MFC Final: Kerry overpower Clare
Munster Minor Football Final
KERRY 2-21 CLARE 0-3
By Paul Brennan at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.
By some distance this was the easiest of Kerry's five Munster minors title in a row, which keeps the Kingdom's winning streak in the province going back to 2013. But a rare provincial final appearance for Clare carried no silver lining at a sun-splashed Fitzgerald Stadium this afternoon.
The crowds arrived in large numbers for this match, mostly to see wunderkind David Clifford, but on a day the Fossa teenager kicked six points from play, he was - remarkably - totally upstaged by Donal O'Sullivan, who mined 2-7, as Kerry sent out a serious signal as they look to claim a fourth All-Ireland minor title later in the year.
Kerry had already beaten Clare by 10 points in the first round of the championship, and the expectation was that Kerry would have improved more than their opponents, but Clare will be bitterly disappointed with their level of performance here.
After midfielder Diarmuid Ryan kicked them into the lead in the first minute the Banner wouldn't score from play again. They trailed 0-10 to 0-2 at half time and only a 59th minute from Dermot Coughlan saved them the ignominy of going through the second half without a score.
Kerry led 0-18 to 0-2 at that stage but still found time in added time for O'Sullivan to find the net twice to make a dreadful day for Clare even worse.
O'Sullivan kicked two points in a first half Kerry dominated, with David Clifford kicking six, even though he and Kerry were guilty of some sloppy play and wasteful kicking in that period.
The points kept coming after the break, and Kerry were 0-16 to 0-2 ahead when Clare lost full back Jayme O'Sullivan to a second yellow card. It mattered little as Clare were a beaten docket well before that.
Kerry substitute Ciaran O'Reilly rattled a shot off the Clare crossbar late in the second half before O'Sullivan finally breached Mark Lillis' goal line twice as Kerry franked their total dominance of the Munster Minor Championship for the fifth year running.
The champions will go into the All-Ireland quarter-finals as the team no one will want to meet, while Clare, too, go into the last eight and will have their work cut out to find some scraps of comfort to feed on after this devouring.
Scorers for Kerry: Donal O'Sullivan 2-7 (0-3f), David Clifford 0-6, Fiachra Clifford 0-3, Donnchadh O'Sullivan 0-2, Brian Friel 0-1, Eddie Horan 0-1, Jack Griffin 0-1
Scorers for Clare: Dermot Coughlan 0-2 (2f), Diarmuid Ryan 0-1
Kerry: Deividas Uosis; Sean O’Leary, Chris O’Donoghue, Cian Gammell; Michael Potts, Eddie Horan, Niall Donohue; Barry Mahony, Diarmuid O’Connor; Adam Donoghue, David Clifford, Donal O’Sullivan; Fiachra Clifford, Donnchadh O’Sullivan, Brian Friel. Subs: Jack Griffin for B Friel (43 mins), Michael O'Leary for C Gammell (46 mins), Patrick Warren for D Clifford (49 mins), Ciaran O'Reilly for Donnhcadh O'Sullivan (52 mins), Ryan O'Neill for N Donohue (54 mins), Dylan Casey for S O'Leary (56 mins).
Clare: Mark Lillis, Jack Sheedy, Jayme O'Sullivan, Joe Miniter, Sean Rouine, Fergal Donnellan, Colin McNeilis, Diarmuid Ryan, Keith White, Ross Phelan, Dermot Coughlan, Ross O'Doherty, Gearóid Cahill, Gavin Cooney, Rian Considine. Subs: Ciaran O'Donoghue for R Considine (ht), Danny Griffin for K White (40 mins), Colm O'Brien for G Cahill (43 mins), Conor McMahon for R Phelan (44 mins), Aidan Reynolds for G Cooney (50 mins), Seamus Casey for S Rouine (51 mins)
Referee: David Murnane (Cork)
Kerry V Clare Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final
The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Final at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next shows 1 change in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in the Semi Final.
Sean O’Leary returns from injury in place of Ryan O’Neill at corner back.
The team, captained by David Clifford of Fossa is as follows:
|4||Cian Gammell||Killarney Legion|
|5||Michael Potts||Dr. Crokes|
|8||Barry Mahony||St. Senans|
|9||Diarmuid O'Connor||Na Gaeil|
|10||Adam Donoghue||Castleisland Desmonds|
|11||David Clifford (C)||Fossa|
|13||Fiáchra Clifford||Laune Rangers|
|16||Nelu O'Doherty||Dr. Crokes|
|17||Ryan O'Neill||Na Gaeil|
|18||Ciarán O'Reilly||Austin Stacks|
|20||Michael Slattery||Austin Stacks|
|21||Jack Griffin||Dr. Crokes|
|23||Dylan Casey||Austin Stacks|
|24||Eddie Browne||Listowel Emmets|
Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)
Treanalaí: Chris Flannery (Killarney Legion) and Padraig Murphy (Laune Rangers)
Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)
Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
Ciaran Kennedy (Beaufort), Cathal Ferriter (Annascaul), Sean O’Connell (Cordal), Fergal Barry (Na Gaeil), Franz Sauerland (An Ghaeltacht).