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AFL Round 7 Kerry 0-20 Cork 1-12 2016-04-03 19:41:00

Allianz Football League Round 7
Kerry 0-20 Cork 1-12

Kerry have advanced to the semi finals of the Allianz League following this 5 points victory over neighbors Cork at sun-splashed Austin Stack Park today. While it would have taken an extraordinary set of events, including a Cork win, to deny the Kingdom a place in those semi finals, nevertheless both managers were eager to lay down a marker ahead of the upcoming championship and as a result we got quite an enjoyable game before the larger than expected attendance of 8,327.

Donnchadh Walsh and Alan Fitzgerald swapped early points with pointed frees from Colm O’Neill and Brian Hurley but then Kerry took over complete control hitting eight points on the trot between the 8th and 21st minutes, including three from Colm Cooper, to lead by 10 points to 2 with the visitors in disarray. Cork, who started with Tom Clancy, Rory Deane and Brian Hurley on for Jamie O’Sullivan, Daniel Goulding and Luke Connolly (all of whom were later introduced) did end the half on the up with two quick Colm O’Neill frees and another free from Brian Hurly to one in reply from an Alan Fitzgerald free, before they were thrown a lifeline when the referee adjudged that Peter Crowley’s pull on Ian Maguire who had drifted inside the Kerry defence, was in the square. Crowley saw black and Colm O’Neill slotted the penalty home to leave Cork training by just three at the break, 0-11 to 1-5 with all of Cork’s scores coming from frees. Just before the break an inviting high ball from Kieran Donaghy was punched just wide by Alan Fitzgerald but the penalty certainly put a better complexion on the scoreboard for Cork.

The third quarter was well contested and after Alan Fitzgerald pointed Kerry further in front, it took a very timely tackle by Mark Griffin to deny Cork a goal chance. Brian Hurley had two good points from play and another from a free with Fitzgerald pointing another Kerry free in between and it was 0-13 to 1-8 at the 50th minute. Paul Murphy, afterwards named the TG4 Man of the Match was denied by Ryan Price when he looked certain to score and then Colm Cooper and Paul Kerrigan swapped points before a long range Brian O’Driscoll point and another from a Hurley free saw the sides on level terms 0-14 to 1-11 on the hour mark. Kerry had some poor wides and wrong options but just when it looked like Cork might drive on some fres legs gave the Kerry attack renewed vigour and Marc Ó Sé showed the way with the lead from a tight angle. Barry John Keane made an immediate impression and two fouls on the Rahillys man resulted in pointed frees for Colm Cooper and Fionn Fitgerals also added a point from play before Brendan O’Sullivan punched Kerry’s final score in the 75th minute. By that stage Cork had been reduced to 14 men with the dismissal of Michael Shields for a foul on Mikey Geaney and the Dingle man also saw Black late on.

So Kerry, who finished second on the table with 10 points, advance to a semi final meeting with Roscommon who finished on 8 while top of the table Dublin on 14 points take on Donegal, one of 4 teams to finish on 6 points, in the other semi final.

Kerry: Colm Cooper (0-6, 3f), Alan Fitzgerald (0-5f), M O Se (0-1), M Griffin (0-1), Kieran Donaghy (0-1), David Moran (0-1 ‘45’), Johnny Buckley (0-1), Donnchadh Walsh (0-1), Stephen O’Brien (0-1), Fionn Fitzgerald (0-1), Brendan O’Sullivan (0-1)
Cork: Colm O’Neill (1-3, 1-0 pen, 3f), Brian Hurley (0-6, 3f), Brian O’Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan and Daniel Goulding (0-1)each.

Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright, Peter Crowley, Killian Young, Padraig O’Connor, Kieran Donaghy, David Moran, Johnny Buckley, Paul Murphy, Donnchadh Walsh, Stephen O'Brien, Colm Cooper, Alan Fitzgerald.
Subs: Fionn Fitzgerald for P O’Connor (blood, 17), Padraig O’Connor for F Fitzgerald (blood reverse, HT), Fionn Fitzgerald for P Crowley (black card, HT), Brendan O’Sullivan for J Buckley (52), Barry John Keane for A Fitzgerald (55), Michael Geaney for B O’Sullivan (blood, 61), Jonathan Lyne for M Griffin (62), Brendan O’Sullivan for M Geaney (blood reverse, 66), Michael Geaney for D Walsh (66), Tommy Walsh for S O’Brien (68)
Cork: Ryan Price, Colm O’Driscoll, Eoin Cadogan, Kevin Crowley, Daniel Hazel, Tom Clancy, Brian O’Driscoll, Kevin O’Driscoll, Ian Maguire, Sean Kiely, Paul Kerrigan, Mark Collins, Ruairi Deane, Colm O’Neill, Brian Hurley.
Subs: Jamie O’Sullivan for D Hazel (22), Luke Connolly for R Deane (42), Daniel Goulding for C O’Neill (56), Michael Shields for E Cadogan (62), Fintan Goold for C O’Driscoll (62)
Referee: David Gough (Meath)

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Kerry Senior Football Team V Cork Allianz Football League Round 7The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Cork in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Sunday (2:00pm) shows 4 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Monaghan in Round 6.

Brendan Kealy starts in goal in place of Brian Kelly as Eamonn Fitzmaurice continues to rotate his goalkeepers, Killian Young starts his first game since the Round 2 game with Roscommon having recovered from injury and is picked at centre back instead of Aidan O’Mahony while Padraig O’Connor, who started in Round 3 against Down, comes in at half back in place of Fionn Fitzgerald. Up front, Alan Fitzgerald starts in place of Darran O’Sullivan who, along with Aidan O’Mahony, picked up knocks in the Monaghan game and were not considered for Sunday’s match day panel.

The list of substitutes is notable for the inclusion of Michael Geaney and also Tommy Walsh who returns to the match day panel having received a late injury against Down in Round 3.

The team, captained by Killian Young, in the absence of Bryan Sheehan, is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy                     Kilcummin

2. Marc Ó Sé                           An Ghaeltacht  

3. Mark Griffin                         St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Shane Enright                       Tarbert

5. Peter Crowley                      Laune Rangers

6. Killian Young (C)                 Renard

7. Padraig O’Connor                Killarney Legion

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. Stephen O’Brien                 Kenmare

14. Colm Cooper                     Dr Crokes

15. Alan Fitzgerald                   Castlegregory

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brian Kelly             Killarney Legion

17. Fionn Fitzgerald                  Dr Crokes

18. Barry John Keane  Kerins O’Rahillys

19. Brendan O’Sullivan             Valentia

20. Denis Daly              St Marys

21. Pa Kilkenny                        Glenbeigh/Glencar

22. Jonathan Lyne                    Killarney Legion

23. Paul Geaney                       Dingle

24. Aidan Walsh                       St Marys

25. Michael Geaney                  Dingle

26. Tommy Walsh                    Kerins O’Rahillys

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge) 

Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks),  Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).

Additional Info:

Donnchadh Walsh makes his 50th League appearance for Kerry on Sunday and has scored 3-26 in League Football. He made his League debut as far back as the 2003 League against Dublin but did not feature again until the 2007 League making his Championship debut the following year.

Paul Murphy makes his 20th League appearance for Kerry on Sunday day having made his League debut against Dublin 2 years ago – he never played Minor Football for Kerry!

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. Came on as a Black Card sub very early in the Donegal game and played well. A former Kerry Minor and U21 player.

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.

A Run thru the Subs:

Brendan O’Sullivan, a regular substitute in the last few games,  was a very influential player in the 2015 County Championship with South Kerry and won an All Ireland Junior medal with Kerry last year.

Denis Daly, who made his League debut against Donegal in Round 4, 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.

Aidan Walsh – The St Mary’s man made his League debut against Down in Round 3  and  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. Before the Down game, his only other appearance in a Kerry Jersey was as a Junior in 2013.

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

Semi Final place up for grabs at Austin Stack Park

Kerry and Cork renew rivalry on Sunday next in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park (2pm) in a game that will decide who will advance to the League semi finals. Kerry of course have put together a four match winning streak but their opponent’s season has been a bit topsy-turvy mixing the good with the bad. Cork opened with a good win over Mayo and had two good wins in the last two rounds over Down last Sunday and Monaghan, however, they shipped a heavy defeat at the hands of Roscommon and also lost to both Donegal and Dublin. They did perform very well in that game against Dublin it must be said and that performance gave them the impetus for successive wins in the last two rounds.

While the points at stake will be vital on Sunday, I have no doubt that both sides will also have an eye on a possible championship meeting later in the year and neither side will want to give an inch. Cork of course are under new management in Peadar Healy, a man who is no stranger to Kerry football having been involved with the Dr Crokes management team last year and no doubt he will be wanting to lay down a marker in his opening game against the “ould enemy”.
Everything points at a cracking game of football, a big crowd and an electric atmosphere in Austin Stack Park.

Allianz Football League Match arrangements
The Allianz Football League meeting of Kerry and Cork in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday next (throw-in 2pm) 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 12:00pm. 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. 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 Sunday’s game). 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 with the proceeds going to the Kerry Post Primary Colleges Committee and to Kerry Handball.