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Kerry win by 5 points in AFL 2016-03-06 20:20:00

Allianz Football League Division 1
Kerry 1-13 Donegal 1-8

Austin Stack Park has seen many tension filled encounters since it was first used as a GAA venue back at the start of the 20th century and today, on the occasion of the reopening of the stadium after major renovation , the 7,056 attendance were treated to another such occasion when Donegal came to Tralee with an unbeaten record in Division 1 of the League. This however was a vastly improved performance from Kerry who built on their big win over Down in Round 3 to record an emphatic 5 points victory over the Tír Conaill boys.
There were many talking points after this game which turned out to be a rather fractious affair as both sides ended with 14 men and Kerry getting 2 Black Card in quick succession – all of that activity in the opening half which threatened to boil over more than once.
Kerry had first use of the strong wind and Donnchadh Walsh– afterwards named the TG4 Man of the Match wasted little time in fisting a lead point for the homeside. Bryan Sheehan, set up with a quick free from Kieran Donaghy brought a good save from Peter Boyle at the expense of a “45” which Sheehan pointed and after Michael Murphy pointed a free in response Walsh was in once more to fist over after good work from Darren O’Sullivan. Alan Fitzgerald saw red soon after after a retaliatory strike on Neil McGee and Michael Murphy then reduced the deficit once more from a free. Donegal were playing keep ball against the wind but Bryan Sheehan struck three points from frees to move Kerry 6 points to 2 clear by the 22nd minute. By now Kerry had lost both Denis Daly and Shane Enright to Black Cards - Enright’s was harsh to say the least – with Padraig O’Connor and Colm Cooper deputising.
Donegal lost Leo McLoone to a straight red for a foul on Aidan O’Mahony and Sheehan again left Kerry leading by 7 points to 3 at the break, Donegal’s third a fine score from Patrick McBrearty.
On the resumption Brian Kelly save well from McBrearty as Donegal cam out with all guns blazing. Michael Murphy pointed the resultant “45” and the McBrearty had points either side of a fine effort from Neil Gallagher to level up the scores and just six minutes gone in the half. It looked ominous for Kerry but then Peter Crowley was at the ned of a fine Kerry move to shot past Boyle for a great morale boosting goal that the home crowd roared their approval for. Sheehan pointed another free in the 48th minute and then Donnchadh Walsh pointed after Kerry’s best move of the game. When Sheehan put three between them again in the 54th minute Kerry looked comfortable but a loose pass saw Michael Murphy grab a long sideline delivery and turn sweetly to shoot past Brian Kelly and give Donegal hope in the 55th minute. The same player followed up with a free and there was just two points between the sides with 10 to go. Crucially, Kerry struck for the next score when Sheehan pointed a curling free from the right and then Barry John Keane pointed from close range when a goal looked a possibility in the35rd minute. Colm Cooper had the last say with a wonderful score from the left on the call of time.
So Kerry head to Mayo on Sunday next with four points on the League Table as the reopening of Austin Stack Park is sure to be remembered for many different reasons for some time to come.
Kerry: Bryan Sheehan 0-8 (7f, 1 ’45), Donnchadh Walsh 0-3, Peter Crowley 1-0, Barry John Keane, Colm Cooper 0-1. Donegal: Michael Murphy 1-4 (3f, 1 ’45), Patrick McBrearty 0-3 (2f), Neil Gallagher 0-1.
KERRY: Brian Kelly; Marc Ó Sé, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Peter Crowley, Aidan O’Mahony, Fionn Fitzgerald; Kieran Donaghy, Bryan Sheehan; Denis Daly, Paul Murpy, Donnchadh Walsh; Darren O’Sullivan, Alan Fitzgerald, Stephen O’Brien. Subs: Padraig O’Connor for Enright (black card, 27), Colm Cooper for Daly (black card, 27), Johnny Buckley for Donaghy (59), Barry ohnJ Keane for O’Brien (59), Brendan O’Sullivan for Crowley (68), AidanWalsh for O’Sullivan (70).
DONEGAL: Peter Boyle; E Doherty, N McGee, P McGrath; E Ban Gallagher, R McHugh, A Thompson; R Kavanagh, M Murphy; M O’Reilly, H McFadden, E McHugh; O Mac Niallais, P McBrearty, L McLoone. Subs: N Gallagher for McFadden (h/t), M McElhinney for Doherty (h/t), C Toye for Thompson (54).
Referee: E Kinsella (Laois).

Donnchadh Walsh voted GAA.ie Football Player of the Week for last Sunday's game V Donegal. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY

Kerry Senior Football Team V Donegal AFL Round 4
The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Donegal in Round 4 of the Allianz League in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Sunday (2:30pm) shows three changes in personnel from the side that defeated Down on Sunday last.
Brian Kelly starts in goal in place of Brendan Kealy as Eamonn Fitzmaurice continues to rotate his goalkeepers, Peter Crowley, who was introduced as a substitute against Down, starts at right half back in place of Padraig O’Connor, while in the half forward line, St Mary;s player Denis Daly comes in for his League debut in place of his clubmate Aidan Walsh. Kieran Donaghy continues in midfield in place of the injured David Moran.
The substitutes list is notable for the return to the match day panel of Johnny Buckley, recovered from the injury that forced him off against Roscommon, and Jack Sherwood, who returns after a long injury absence. Tommy Walsh, Killian Young and Jonathan Lyne are nursing knocks and are not part of the match day panel.
The team, captained by Bryan Sheehan is as follows:
1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
6. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
7. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
8. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks
9. Bryan Sheehan (C) St Marys
10. Denis Daly St Marys
11. Paul Murphy Rathmore
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
14. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory
15. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
Fir Ionaid:
16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
18. Aidan Walsh St Marys
19. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
20. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
21. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar
22. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
23. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
24. Jack Sherwood Firies
25. Philip O’Connor Cordal
26. Conor Cox Listowel Emmets
Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).

Additional Information:
Denis Daly – Makes his League debut, The St Mary’s man won a Senior Football Championship medal with South Kerry last year and also won an All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship with the Cahersiveen side a few weeks back. Kerry Minor in 2012 and Under 21 in 2013 & 2014.
Mark Griffin – The St Michaels–Foilmore man comes of age on Sunday playing in his 21st League game
Fionn Fitzgerald – Made his League debut against Kildare in 2013 and plays his 20th League game on Sunday
Paul Murphy – Paul is no stranger to the centre forward position having played all his Club Championship football there with Rathmore in their run to the semi finals of the county championship and victory in the East Kerry Divisional Championship last season.
Alan Fitzgerald – Made his League debut as a sub against Dublin in 2014 and his full League debut last year against Monaghan. Holder of an All Ireland Junior Club Championship medal with Castlegregory.
Aidan O’Mahony – Played in his 80th League game for Kerry on Sunday last against Down, has scored 1-9 in League football.
9 of Sunday’s side played in the All Ireland Final against Donegal in 2014 and two more, Bryan Sheehan and Shane Enright came on as subs on that day – the odd ones out are Mark Griffin, Denis Daly, Darran O’Sullivan and Alan Fitzgerald.
A Run thru the Subs:
Padraig O’Connor – Affectionately known as Podge, made his League debut as far back as 2010 when he came on as a sub against Dublin and was also introduced in this year’s Round 1 game against the Dubs. A former Kerry Minor and U21 player.
Aidan Walsh – The St Mary’s man who won a Senior Football Championship medal with South Kerry last year, also won an All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship with the Cahersiveen side a few weeks back. His only other appearance in a Kerry Jersey was as a Junior in 2013.
Philip O’Connor, a farmer from Cordal near Castleisland, he made his full League debut against Dublin in Round 1 having been introduced as a sub for a number of League games last year. Philip won an All Ireland Junior Medal with Kerry in 2015.
Pa Kilkenny made his League debut V Dublin in 2014 and was a regular starter on the League sides of 2014 and 2015.
Brendan O’Sullivan from Valentia, was a very influential player in the 2015 County Championship with South Kerry on their way to the title – Brendan won an All Ireland Junior medal with Kerry last year.
Injury Update
Kieran O’Leary has resumed training, as has Michael Geaney, Paul Geaney, Anthony Maher and James O’Donoghue are expected to return in April.

Kerry Senior Football Team

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Donegal will be announced after training on Friday evening and will be posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 8pm.

Allianz Football League Division 1 Preview
Saturday: Dublin v Cork, Croke Park, 7.0
Sunday: Roscommon v Down, Dr. Hyde Park, 2.0; Kerry v Donegal, Tralee; 2.30; Monaghan v Mayo, Clones, 2.30.

It’s Cork v Dublin on the double in Croke Park on Saturday, with the hurlers meeting in Division 1A at 5.0, followed at 7.0 by the football clash. Dublin and Cork have made contrasting starts to the this year’s Allianz League, with Jim Gavin’s men winning all three games so far (Kerry, Mayo, Monaghan) while Cork have lost twice (Roscommon and Donegal) after beating Mayo in the first round.
This will be the fifth Allianz League meeting between Dublin and Cork in three seasons. In 2014, Cork beat Dublin by 1-17 to 0-18 in the divisional game but lost the semi-final by 2-20 to 2-13. Cork also won the divisional game last year (1-15 to 0-16) but lost the final by 1-21 to 2-7.
Donegal have made their best start to the Allianz League for a long time, beating Down, Cork and Mayo by a combined total of 29 points, setting them up nicely for the clash with Kerry, who took their first points last Sunday, when beating Down. Kerry beat Donegal by two points in last year’s League, having also beaten them in the 2014 All-Ireland final.
Roscommon and Down were promoted to Division 1 this year and have gone on very different routes, with Roscommon winning two of three games while Down have lost all three (Donegal, Monaghan, Kerry) by a combined total of 35 points. They have scored only 0-24 in three games, compared to Roscommon’s 5-48. Roscommon and Down met twice in Division 2 last year, with the Connacht men winning both (1-15 to 1-11 in the divisional game and 1-17 to 0-15 in the final.
Mayo will be away to Monaghan, who have won two of three. Mayo beat Monaghan by 3-15 to 0-11 last year.

Allianz League Double Bill – Match arrangements

The Allianz Hurling and Football League double bill in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday sees Kerry Hurlers play Wexford at 12:30pm and Kerry Footballers play Donegal at 2:30pm

Ticket Vans will be in operation for Sunday’s game

Sunday’s double bill is an all ticket affair. Tickets may be pre-purchased or are available on the day at the ticket vans which will be located in the main entrance Car Park. Stiles, including those at the Mitchel’s and Horan’s ends, will open at 11am.
There will be a designated stile for Season Ticket holders.
€5 discount for pre-purchased tickets for Sunday’s Allianz League game
A pre purchase discounted price of €10 applies for all of Kerry’s games in Division 1 Football and Division 1B in Hurling. Please note that the cut off time for the pre-purchase discount will be midnight on the night before the fixture (Saturday night at 12 for the Austin Stack Park Double Bill). Tickets purchased on match day will cost the usual €15. Admission for OAPs and Students is €10 on the production of valid I.D and Under 16s are free. Tickets can be pre-purchased from the usual sources including participating Centra and Supervalu stores throughout the county, online on www.gaa.ie, from Austin Stack Park and from the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre in Killarney.
Accommodation in the stand is on a first come first served basis and there will be a 36 page special souvenir programme on sale.
Click here to read about New Look Austin Stack Park on view at Sunday’s double bill