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AFL Division 1 Round 6: Kerry 1-17 Monaghan 1-9 2016-03-27 17:47:00

Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 6
Kerry 1-17 Monaghan 1-9

A superb second half display during which they outscored the homeside by 1-11 to 1-3 saw Kerry record their fourth League victory on the trot at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones this afternoon. The sides had gone in at the break on level terms on 6 points apiece but Kerry resumed in a far more determined fashion and added six quick-fire points in 11 minutes to kill off the challenge of the Farney men.

Dessie Mone opened the scoring for Monaghan but points by Colm Cooper (Free) and Darran O’Sullivan had Kerry in the lead. Conor McManus and Cooper swapped frees before McManus had a fine score from play followed by another from a free to give Monaghan the lead. Monaghan were almost in for a goal when Kieran Donaghy lost the ball on his own line and then Colm Cooper added two points – the first from play after good work by Darran O’Sullivan and Marc Ó Sé and the second another fine effort from a free. By now Alan Fitzgerald, who went on to have a fine game, had replaced Stephen O’Brien and Karl O’Connor levelled matters being the second Monaghan half back to score before Conor McManus pointed Monaghan into the lead in the 32nd minute. Colm Cooper was unlucky not to get a penalty when he appeared to be fouled approaching the break but David Moran had a good score in the 35th minute to level it up at the interval 0-6 each.

Whatever was said in the Kerry dressing room at the break worked the Oracle as Kerry, with the likes of Kieran Donaghy, David Moran, Johnny Buckley, Darran O’Sullivan and Colm Cooper all to the fore, took full advantage of the wind and set off at a cracking pace. Paul Murphy started the scoring spree with a fine score followed by Colm Cooper, Alan Fitzgerald (2, 1 from a free) and then Kieran Donaghy curled over a great score from the wing to make it 11 points to 6. Colm Cooper pointed from a free on the wing and it was double scores before Monaghan finally got on the board in the 17th minute when goalkeeper Rory Beggan pointed a long range free. Kerry continued to pick up the lion’s share of the breaks around the centre with Colm Cooper and Paul Murphy in fine form and the wind already seemed to be gone out of the Monaghan sails half way through the half. Kerry began to bring on fresh legs with Killian Young replacing Peter Crowley and Barry John Keane on for Darran O’Sullivan. Alan Fitzgerald pointed after great work by Cooper but Monaghan struck for a goal out of the blue when Darren Hughes finished to the net off the bar in the 24th minute to reduce the deficit to 3 points. Kerry’s response must have pleased manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice as Donaghy pointed in style from way out on the wing and then Paul Murphy was fouled in the square and David Moran cooly despatched the penalty in the 60th minute to put Kerry 7 clear. Donnchadh Walsh and Barry John Keane(2) both got in on the scoring act before Monaghan got 2 consolation scores in added time to put a better complexion on the scoreboard as Kerry continued their good for, this time under the captaincy of Rathmore’s Aidan O’Mahony – his first time ever to captain a Kerry senior team.

So, after today’s results, a win or a draw in their final game against Cork in Austin Stack Park will guarantee Kerry a semi final spot. Roscommon play Dublin and Donegal play Monaghan in the other two games that will have a bearing on who progresses to the semi finals..

Scorers: Kerry: Colm Cooper 0-6 (0-4f), David Moran 1-1 (1-0 pen), Alan Fitzgerald 0-4 (0-1f), Kieran Donaghy 0-2 and Barry John Keane 0-2 each, Paul Murphy 0-1 and Darran O'Sullivan 0-1each.
Monaghan:  Conor McManus 0-5 (0-3f), Darren Hughes 1-0, Dessie Mone 0-1, Karl O'Connell, Rory Beggan (0-1f) and Ryan McAnespie 0-1 each

Kerry: Brian Kelly, Shane Enright, Mark Griffin, Marc Ó Sé, Fionn Fitzgerald, Peter Crowley, Aidan O'Mahony (Capt), Kieran Donaghy, David Moran, Donnchadh Walsh, Paul Murphy, Johnny Buckley, Darran O'Sullivan, Colm Cooper, Stephen O'Brien. Subs: Alan Fitzgerald for O'Brien (29), Killian Young for Crowley (50), Barry John Keane for O'Sullivan (56), Brendan O'Sullivan for Buckley (61), Paul Geaney for Cooper (64), Aidan Walsh for D. Walsh (68).

Monaghan: Rory Beggan, Ryan Wylie, Drew Wylie, Conor Walshe, Vinny Corey, Karl O'Connell, Fintan Kelly, Neil McAdam, Kieran Hughes, Dessie Mone, Thomas Kerr, Dermot Malone, Darren Hughes, Conor McManus, Shane Carey. Subs: Owen Duffy for Carey (46), Ryan McAnespie for Kerr (46), Dick Clerkin for Malone (62).
Referee: David Coldrick (Meath).

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Kerry Senior Football Team V Monaghan Allianz Football League Round 6
The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Monaghan in Round 6 of the Allianz Football League in St Tiernach’s Park in Clones on Sunday (3:00pm) shows 2 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Mayo in Round 5.

Brian Kelly starts in goal in place of Brendan Kealy as Eamonn Fitzmaurice continues to rotate his goalkeepers and David Moran, injured subsequent to the Round 2 game against Roscommon, resumes after injury in place of injured Captain, Bryan Sheehan.

The list of substitutes is notable for the return from long term injury of Paul Geaney who joins the match day squad for the first time since the All Ireland Final against Dublin last year, and Killian Young who also returns from injury returns for his first game since the Round 2 game against Roscommon. Alan Fitzgerald returns after suspension.

The team, captained by Aidan O’Mahony in the absence of 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. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
10. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
11. Paul Murphy Rathmore
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
14. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
15. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
Fir Ionaid:
16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. Killian Young Renard
18. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory
19. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
20. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
21. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
22. Denis Daly St Marys
23. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar
24. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
25. Paul Geaney Dingle
26. Aidan Walsh St Marys
Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).

Long Term Injury Update
Anthony Maher and James O’Donoghue are expected to return to training next month.

Vital Points at stake as Kerry travel to Monaghan in AFL

There are vital Allianz Football League points at stake on Easter Sunday next when Kerry travel to Clones to take on Monaghan. Kerry of course had a slow start to the League when going down to both Dublin and Roscommon, but they then picked themselves up to put a three game winning streak together that has them currently in a semi final spot in the League table on 6 points. To maintain that position they need both points on Sunday as their opponents Monaghan are just two points behind on 4 points as are Cork who are likely to gather both points on offer against Down.
Injury Update
Just when Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s long term injuries are beginning to ease with the return to training of both Michael and Paul Geaney and also Killian Young, Tommy Walsh and David Moran who have missed the last few games due to knocks picked up in the League, comes the news that team captain Bryan Sheehan has picked up a hand injury the extent of which was due to be clearer following a visit to a specialist on Tuesday of this week. That injury incidentally was picked up at the throw in at the start of the Mayo game. The Cahersiveen man, Anthony Maher and James O’Donoghue are the three remaining players on the injury list. Of course these absences mean that other players on the panel are getting their chance to impress the selectors and some are doing just that.
Kerry and Monaghan have met 10 times in League
Kerry and Monaghan have only met ten times previously in the League with Kerry winning six of those and Monaghan winning four and Kerry followers will need little reminding that the last of those Monaghan victories came last season in Austin Stack Park when the Farney men prevailed by 1-11 to 0-10. Monaghan got off to a good start in the League defeating Roscommon and Down but since then they have had to give second best to Dublin, Mayo and Cork, however on their day they are capable of mixing it with the best and even in those games they lost, they were still scoring pretty well.
This is another challenge for Kerry and with Cork as visitors in the final group game of the League Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his management team will be taking no chances this weekend.