Garveys SuperValu County SFC Semi Finals (Match Reports)
Garveys Supervalu Kerry SFC: Semi-final
O’Sullivan rescues Dingle after David Clifford cast his spell with two killer goals
East Kerry 2-10 Dingle 1-13
By Murt Murphy
In the opening Kerry SFC semi-final it took the genius of David Clifford who scored 2-4, but also drilled a penalty wide, to rescue fancied East Kerry who should then have held on and beaten Dingle but a 66th minute point by Kerry senior Tom O’Sullivan secured a deserved replay for Dingle at the Austin Stack Park.
East Kerry needed David Clifford on Sunday and David Clifford delivered. “It’s the nature of the player you are dealing with,” reflected Dingle selector Diarmuid Murphy afterwards. “You are talking about one of the top three forwards in the country. So at county championship level he is going to be a huge handful.”
Dingle will feel they left this game behind them having dominated and led for much of the match.
The second half was played with14 v 14 after Dingle’s Paul Devane was red carded on 30 minutes and then Shane McSweeney followed him for a double yellow dismissal right on half time.
Dingle led 0-8 to 0-4 at the interval and was good value for their lead, even though David Clifford had drove his 16th minute dubious penalty wide for East Kerry, when they trailed 0-3 to 0-5 after the first quarter. “It was handy, it wouldn’t have been a penalty in my day,” conceded the East Kerry manager Gerry O’Sullivan.
Dingle were still leading by three, 0-10 to 0-7, when Paul Geaney played a ball across the square to Tom O’Sullivan for an opportunist goal to put the club side six ahead, but East Kerry responded immediately with Clifford finishing a pass from brother Paudie to the net
Six minutes later, another East Kerry counter attack ended with Clifford side-footing in his second goal and with the momentum shifting to the divisional team, the favourites looked more likely to win. Clifford then kicked a miraculous point as he fell backwards forty metres from goal and Jack Sherwood’s fisted point in the 60th minute looked the match winner.
But the inspirational Tom O’Sullivan surged up field to nail an equaliser.
Said East Kerry manager Gerry O’Sullivan: “We didn’t get the ball into David or Dara Roche in the first half. Once we went long into the lads, we reaped the rewards. There’s a lesson or two there for us for the replay.”
Both sides meet again in a replay at the same venue on Sunday next to see who will face Dr Crokes on Sunday week.
Scorers for Dingle: Paul Geaney 0-6 (5f), Tom O’Sullivan 1-1, Tomas Sheehy 0-2, Michael Geaney 0-2, Michael Flannery 0-1, Barry O’Sullivan 0-1.
Scorers for East Kerry: David Clifford 2-4 (0-1f), Dara Roche 0-2 (1f), Jack Sherwood 0-1, Philip Casey 0-1, Paudie Clifford 0-1 ’45′, Liam Kearney 0-1.
Teams: East Kerry: B Kealy (Kilcummin); D Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), D O’Donoghue (Spa), S Courtney (Glenflesk): S O’Leary (Kilcummin), J Sherwood (Firies), P Casey (Kilcummin); S McSweeney (do), K O’Gorman (do); D Moynihan (Spa), P Clifford (Fossa), K McCarthy (Kilcummin) ; E Cronin (Spa), D Clifford (Fossa), D Roche ( Glenflesk)
Subs: L Kearney for D Brosnan (35), C O’Donoghue for S Courtney (46), R Buckley for K McCarthy (46), B O’Donoghue for E Cronin (55), M O’Donoghue for K O’Gorman (b/c, 61), J O’Donoghue for D Moynihan (65)
Dingle: G H Curran; M Flannery, T L O’Sullivan, P O’Connor; M Boyle, T O’Sullivan, A O’Connor; L O’Connor, B O’Sullivan; B O’Connor, M Geaney, P Devane; T Sheehy, P Geaney, M Flaherty Subs: E Murphy for A O’Connor (55), N Geaney for M Flannery (64)
Referee: S Joy (Laune Rangers)
Garveys Supervalu SFC –semi-final:
Crokes keep on giving but O’Rahilly’s should hold their heads high
Dr Crokes 2-19 Kerins O’Rahilly’s 2-10
By Murt Murphy
Three in a row seeking Dr Crokes title ambitions remain on course and despite their 2-19 to 2-10 win over Kerins O’Rahilly’s in the second of the SFC semi-finals; it took them until injury time to secure the win. But the scoreline has a lop-sided look to because of Jack Savage’s 43rd-minute sending off for a second yellow card, and the fatal short kick-out routine that went astray for Strand Road keeper Gary Kissane minutes later.
It was a game of many flashpoints after Gavin O’Brien struck for an O’Rahilly’s goal after thirty seconds and Crokes despite some excellent points from Kieran O’Leary, Tony Brosnan and David Shaw, were fortunate to retire level at 0-11 to 2-5 at the interval. O’Brien had scored a second O’Rahilly’s goal in the 25th minute after slack Crokes defending.
There was a tremendous midfield battle between Kerry team-mates David Moran and Johnny Buckley but the game turned midway through the second half. Firstly, Jack Savage received a second yellow with O’Rahilly’s leading by a point and then disaster for the Tralee side in the 54th minute. It was self inflicted as O’Rahilly’s made a complete mess of a kick-out and super sub Jordan Kiely just off the bench, pounced for a goal that saw the Crokes hit the front.
David Shaw was called ashore at half time with Colm Cooper entering the fray and Shaw was unlucky but that Crokes as everyone that comes on has probably worn the green and gold of Kerry at some stage “Is there any other side in the country where Colm (Cooper) wouldn’t be starting?” mused Dr Crokes selector Edmund O’Sullivan after yesterday’s semi-final. “But when he got sick, David Shaw came in and kept his place.”
Brian Looney’s sending off in the 59th minute left it a fourteen a side contest for the nine minutes ( including eight of injury) but late points from Brosnan, Johnny Buckley and Kieran O’Leary, along with Kiely’s second goal fashioned by O’Leary, was enough for the champions to advance to the final but it was hard earned.
Colm Cooper came on at half-time but only lasted 15 minutes before being black carded just after Savage’s sending off but Crokes prevailed thanks to a lethal forward line and a strong bench.
“We made a mistake from a kick out, and Crokes being Crokes, they pounced on it. It took the wind out of our sails but we’ve been beaten by a better team… a better panel,” Quirke conceded after.
“You get away with those mistakes against other teams. Not Crokes. That’s why they are the best in Kerry for the last few years.”
“We lost (full back) David Murphy to a hamstring injury this week, and Cian Sayers had gone down in the previous game (against St Brendan’s), so we were down options,” explained O’Rahilly’s manager Mike Quirke. “Tony Brosnan has been on fire for the Crokes, and he was a main focus for us, and Ross O’Callaghan was doing very well on him. But then you are giving up something elsewhere, and it was Kieran O’Leary today. That’s the difference at the moment; a couple of injuries really hurt us, whereas Crokes can absorb those and others come in and make a big difference.”
DR Crokes have been in eight of the last ten finals and are going for another three in a row – They are very good and pleasing to the eye but not unbeatable or is it time to consider dividing Dr Crokes in two? Maybe not! Rumour and result shows there B team is not bad either. But such guff will please both Sean Geaney and Jerry O’Sullivan. Roll on Halloween and the final!
- Shane Murphy took an almighty tumble as he went highest in a crowded goal area during the second half and it was a concern at the time when he had to go off injured. It was probably mild concussion as he was grand afterwards. Johnny O’Leary came in for Shane and did not put a foot wrong
Scorers for Dr Crokes: Tony Brosnan 0-6 (0-3f), Jordan Kiely 2-0, Kieran O’Leary 0-5, Johnny Buckley 0-2, Micheál Burns 0-2, David Shaw 0-2, Shane Murphy 0-1 ’45′, Brian Looney 0-1
Scorers for Kerins O’Rahilly’s: Gavin O’Brien 2-1, Jack Savage 0-3f, Barry John Keane 0-2, David Moran 0-2 (1 ’45′), Karl Mullins 0-1, Tommy Walsh 0-1
DR CROKES: S Murphy; J Payne, M Moloney, F Fitzgerald; S Doolan , A O’Sullivan, G White ; J Buckley, D Casey; M Burns, G O’ Shea, B Looney; T Brosnan, K O’ Leary, D Shaw
Subs: Colm Cooper for D Shaw (h/t), Jordan Kiely for G O’Shea (44), Michael Potts for C Cooper (b/c, 48), Johnny O’Leary for S Murphy (51), Eoin Brosnan for M Burns (63), Billy Courtney for T Brosnan (67)
KERINS O’RAHILLY’S:G Kissane; C Coffey, Darragh O’Keeffe , D O’ Sullivan: R O’ Callaghan, S Brosnan, R Carroll; D Moran, C Barrett; G O’ Brien, B J Keane, K Mullins; J Savage, T Walsh, J Ferguson.
Subs: T Hoare for R Carroll (b/c 8)), JC O’Connor for J Ferguson (55), G Savage for D McElligott (61), P Griffin for G O’Brien (68)
Referee: B Griffin (Clounmacon)