Kerry Junior Footballers qualify for All Ireland Final
All Ireland Junior Football Semi Final
Kerry through to 4th All Ireland Junior Final in a row
Kerry 1-16 Leitrim 1-9
Kerry advanced to the All Ireland Junior final where they will play Meath following this seven points victory over Leitrim at the Gaelic Grounds this afternoon. While Kerry were comfortable all through, it’s unlikely that Manager Jimme Keane will be too pleased with the disply of his charges, especiall in the second half when they shared the scoring with the Connaught champions.
Conor Cox got Kerry on the scoreboard from a free in the opening minute from a free but a minute later the Munster Champions were rocked when their defence was caught napping and full forward Cathal McCrann found himself all alone unmarked and finished to the net. Kerry’s response was good however – Tomás Ó Sé fielded well in front of goal and turned in text book style to goal from close range in the 6th minute and they then reeled off seven points without reply, including two each from Conor Cox and Jeff O’Donoghue to lead by 1-7 to 1-0 by the 22nd minute. Jack Heslin got Leitrim’s first point soon after and before the break Tomás Ó Sé, backtracking with his man, effected a great goal saving block to deny Leitrim a goal. At the break it was 1-8 to 1-1 with Kerry bossing the game without ever reaching top gear and Leitrim’s mass defence proving more effective as the half wore on.
Jeff O’Donoghue extended Kerry’s lead on the restart from a 50 yards free but Leitrim replied with two points from play from McSweeney and McCrann .The Leitrim defensive wall was proving difficult to break down but Kerry did hit a purple patch with four good scores in as many minutes with Philip O’Connor getting two, Liam Carey another straight after his introduction and Jeff O’Donoghue the other and leading by 1-13 to 1-3 at the three quarter stage Kerry seemed to have finally got to grips with their surroundings. But they failed to kick on in the final quarter and Leitrim hit six points to one in reply from Eanna Ó Conchúir before Jeff O’Donoghue (free) and Ó Conchúir again added two points in injury time to complete the scoring.
So Kerry now meet Meath, victors over Kilkenny by 2-21 to 2-8 in the other semi final, in the All Ireland final on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday and that fixture could very well be a double bill with the Kerry Minors’ Quarter Final tie with Louth at a midlands venue. The CCCC will decide on venues on Monday.
Scorers: Kerry: Jeff O’Donoghue 0-5 (2 frees, 1 “45”), Tomás Ó Sé 1-1, Conor Cox 0-3 (2 Frees), Philip O’Connor and Eánna Ó Conchúir 0-2 each, James Walsh, Killian Spillane and Liam Carey 0-1 each.
Subs Used: Liam Carey for Conor Cox, Ivan Parker for Killian Spillane, Brian Sugrue for Eamonn Kiely, DJ Murphy for Michael Foley, PJ Mac Lámh for Rob Ó Sé, Dara Ó Sé
Kerry Junior Football Team V Leitrim
All Ireland Semi Final Saturday July 22nd 2017
The Kerry Junior Football Team to play Leitrim in the All Ireland Junior Football Semi Final at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Saturday at 3pm is unchanged from the side that defeated Cork in the Munster final.
Billy Courtney, Brian Sugrue, Graham O’Sullivan and Dara Ó Sé are included among the substitutes.
The team captained by Killian Spillane is as follows:
1 Tomas Mac an tSaoir An Ghaeltacht
2 Eamonn Kiely Brosna
3 Jack McGuire Listowel Emmets
4 Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh-Glencar
5 James Walsh Knocknagoshel
6 Michael Foley Ballydonoghue
7 Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
8 Roibeárd Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
9 Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia Young Islanders
10 Philip O’Connor Cordal
11 Jeff O’Donoghue Glenflesk
12 Eánna Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
13 Killian Spillane (C) Templenoe
14 Conor Cox Listowel Emmets
15 Tomás Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
16 Billy Courtney Dr Crokes
17 P.J. Mac Lámh An Ghaeltacht
18 D.J. Murphy Gneeveguilla
19 Brian Sugrue Renard
20 Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
21 Liam Carey Beaufort
22 Ivan Parker Churchill
23 Stephen O’Sullivan Templenoe
24 Dara Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
Bainisteóir: Jimmy Keane (Brosna)
Róghnóirí: Niall O’Mahony (Spa), Pól Ó Cuinn (An Ghaeltacht), John O’Connell (Tarbert)
The team contains seven players who have previously won Junior All Ireland medals; James Walsh and Conor Cox won All Irelands in 2012 and 2015 while Jack McGuire, Brendan O’Sullivan, Philip O’Connor, Jeff O’Donoghue and Killian Spillane were also on the 2015 winning side. Five players, Michael Foley, Daniel O’Brien, Roibeard Ó Sé, Killian Spillane and Tomás Ó Sé have won All Ireland Minor medals during the last three years.
Kerry Juniors face Leitrim in the All Ireland Semi final
In what will be a very rare meeting between the counties in any grade, Kerry will take on Connaught champions Leitrim in the All Ireland Junior football semi final at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds on Saturday in a game that is a curtain raiser to the Round 4 Qualifier game between Mayo and Cork.
Kerry are of course the reigning All Ireland champions in this grade and are attempting to win 3 All Irelands on the trot but that will matter little on Saturday as the Kingdom, under the rules of the competition, have a whole new team on duty from the one that joined Cork at the top of the Roll of Honour with seventeen titles last year.
The Kerry team that defeated Cork after a thrilling extra time encounter in Páirc Uí Chaoimh at the end of June, contained seven players who have previously won Junior All Ireland medals; James Walsh and Conor Cox won All Irelands in 2012 and 2015 while Jack McGuire, Brendan O’Sullivan, Philip O’Connor, Jeff O’Donoghue and Killian Spillane were also on the 2015 winning side. In addition, five players from the starting fifteen, Michael Foley, Daniel O’Brien, Roibeard Ó Sé, Killian Spillane and Tomás Ó Sé have won All Ireland Minor medals during the last three years. The subs bench on that evening was also strong with the likes of Thomas Hickey, Liam Carey, Evan Cronin, Ivan Parker and Stephen O’Sullivan all anxious to claim a place.
Kerry opened their campaign with a big win over Limerick in a game that was of little or no use to them but they had to call on all of their experience when fighting back from nine points down early in the second half in the final against Cork before eventually winning by seven points after taking complete control in extra time. It will certainly help their cause that nearly all of the side have played together either at Junior or Minor level over the last few years and the experience of the big day before a large crowd should also stand to them.
Leitrim, for their part, have got to the semi final the hard way defeating Galway in the semi final and then Mayo in the Connaught final scoring 3-16 and 1-16 respectively in the process. Days like this do not come around too often for Leitrim and no doubt they will be trying tooth and nail to down the Kingdom’s colours.
The Kerry management team of trainer Jimmy Keane (Brosna) and selectors Pól Ó Cúinn (An Ghaeltacht), John O’Connell (Tarbert) and Niall O’Mahony (Spa) will no doubt have warned their team against complacency and they know that only a repeat of their second half display against Cork will suffice. Saturday’s game throws in at 3pm with Barry Tiernan from Dublin the man in the middle. Saturday’s winners will play the winners of the other semi final between Meath and Kilkenny on Saturday August 5th.
Kerry GAA Supporters Club Bus
The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take a bus to Limerick on Saturday next for the All Ireland Junior football semi final between Kerry and Leitrim which has a 3pm throw-in and is of course a very attractive curtain raiser to the Mayo and Cork Round 4 Qualifier. All seats must be booked by this Thursday. For bookings contact; Donal O’Leary or Martin Leane.
The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will also take coaches to Croke Park for the All-Ireland quarter finals on 30th of July. All seats must be booked by Thursday night 27th. July. Again, for bookings, contact Donal O’Leary, John King or Martin Leane.