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Kerry into Allianz League Final 2016-04-10 20:44:00


Allianz Football League Semi Final 
Kerry 3-15 Roscommon 0-14

Kerry cruised into their first Allianz League final since 2009, and a meeting with Dublin, following a comprehensive ten points victory over Roscommon at a windy Croke Park this afternoon. Three first half goals by the Kingdom killed off the Connaught side’s challenge and there was never a remote chance that Roscommon would repeat their Round 2 victory over the wearers of the green and gold.

Aidan O’Mahony, captaining his county for only the second time at senior level, won the toss and pointed in the direction of the Davin goal and Kerry wasted little time in letting the ball do the work when wind assisted. Geoffrey Claffey and Ciaran Murtagh pointed placed balls either side of a Colm Cooper free but then Kerry picked off 1-5 without reply between the 9th and 16th minutes to move 1-6 to 0-2 clear. Colm Cooper pointed a free and then Darran O’Sullivan had his first from play before Stephen O’Brien set up Colm Cooper for the first goal in the 13th minute.

Three good points followed from Marc Ó Sé, Johnny Buckley and Darran O’Sullivan before Buckley went off injured to be replaced by Bryan Sheehan. Ciaran Murtagh from play and free had Roscommon’s first scores in 16 minutes before Donnchadh Walsh collected a long ball behind the cover and goaled with ease in the 28th minute. Paul Murphy and Colm Cooper, from a free, followed up with points before another long delivery broke kindly for Darran O’Sullivan who was dragged to the ground but got up and finished to the net off his right in the 36th minute. 3-8 to 0-5 at the break and the game was as good as over.

Cooper and O’Sullivan added points inside the opening minute of the new half and Murtagh and Paul Murphy swapped points but then Kerry seemed to relax and Roscommon were winning the lion’s share of possession and they added four points on the trot, three from frees, before Darran O’Sullivan pointed in the 54th minute. Colm Cooper and Barry John Keane pointed as Kerry emptied their bench and the game took on a pedestrian pace. Roscommon had three of the last four scores – Brendan O’Sullivan boxing a point for Kerry – but there was never going to be the least threat of a comeback as Roscommon wasted a number of good scoring opportunities in the final tem minutes or so.

Darran O’Sullivan received the TG4 Man of the Match for his 1-4 tally from play.

Scorers:
Kerry: Colm Cooper 1-5 (5fs), Darran O’Sullivan 1-4, Donnchadh Walsh 1-0, Paul Murphy 0-2, Johnny Buckley 0-1, Barry John Keane, Brendan O’Sullivan and, Marc Ó Sé 0-1 each.

Roscommon: C Murtagh 0-4 (3fs), D Murtagh 0-4 (3fs), N Collins 0-2, C Devaney 0-1, S McDermott 0-1, G Claffey 0-1 (45), D Shine 0-1 (45).


Kerry: B Kelly; M Ó Sé, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, A O'Mahony, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy, D Moran; J Buckley, P Murphy, D Walsh; D O'Sullivan, C Cooper, S O'Brien.
Subs: B Sheehan for Buckley (19 mins), K Young for Fitzgerald (47 mins), A Fitzgerald for O’Brien (49 mins), BJ Keane for Walsh (54 mins), B O’Sullivan for Moran (58 mins), P O’Connor for Crowley (62 mins)


Roscommon: G Claffey; S McDermott, N Collins, N McInerney; D Murray, S Purcell, S Mullooly; N Daly, C Shine; F Cregg, C Murtagh, C Devaney; D Murtagh, S Kilbride, C Cregg.
Subs: D Shine for C Shine (36 mins), R Stack for Purcell (36 mins), D Keenan for Mullooly (47 mins), N Kilroy for C Cregg (56 mins), R Daly for Devaney (56 mins), J McDermott for N Daly (66 mins).
Referee: P Hughes (Armagh).

Kerry Senior Football Team V Roscommon Allianz Football League Semi Final

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Roscommon in the semi final of the Allianz Football League in Croke Park on Sunday (2:00pm) shows 4 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in Round 7.

Brian Kelly starts in goal in place of Brendan Kealy as Eamonn Fitzmaurice continues to rotate his goalkeepers, Aidan O’Mahony and Fionn Fitzgerald come into the half back line in place of Killian Young and Padraig O’Connor and up front Darran O’Sullivan returns to the full forward line in place of Alan Fitzgerald.

The list of substitutes is notable for the inclusion of team Captain Bryan Sheehan who was injured in the Round 5 meeting with Mayo.

The team shows 5 changes in personnel from the side defeated by Roscommon in Round 2

The team, captained by Aidan O’Mahony, is as follows:

1. Brian KellyKillarney Legion

2. Marc Ó SéAn Ghaeltacht

3. Mark Griffin   St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Shane Enright   Tarbert

5. Peter CrowleyLaune Rangers

6. Aidan O’Mahony(C)Rathmore

7. Fionn FitzgeraldDr Crokes

8. Kieran DonaghyAustin Stacks

9. David MoranKerins O’Rahillys

10. Johnny BuckleyDr Crokes

11. Paul Murphy   Rathmore

12. Donnchadh WalshCromane

13. Darran O’SullivanGlenbeigh-Glencar

14. Colm CooperDr Crokes

15. Stephen O’Brien  Kenmare

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brendan Kealy  Kilcummin

17. Bryan SheehanSt Marys

18. Killian Young Renard

19. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory

20. Padraig O’Connor  Killarney Legion

21. Barry John Keane  Kerins O’Rahillys

22. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

23. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia

24. Michael GeaneyDingle

25. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys

26. Denis Daly St Marys

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge) 

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

Additional Info:

Donnchadh Walsh made his 50th League appearance for Kerry on Sunday last against Cork and has scored 3-27 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 made his 20th League appearance for Kerry on Sunday last against Cork  having made his League debut against Dublin just 2 years ago – he never played Minor Football for Kerry!

A Run thru the Subs:

Bryan Sheehan – Made his League debut against Offaly in 2005

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.

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. 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.

Jonathan Lyne – Made his League debut against Cork in 2011 and has played 29 League games for his county since then. A Minor in 2008, he played for the Under 21s for three years, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Grandfather, Denny Lyne, played in the Polo Grounds final in ’47.

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.

Long Term Injury Update

Anthony Maher and James O’Donoghue are expected to return to training next month.



FOUR PROVINCES REPRESENTED IN SEMI-FINALS

All four provinces will be represented in the Allianz Football League Division 1 semi-finals in Croke Park next Sunday. Kerry play Roscommon at 2pm, followed by Dublin (holders) v Donegal at 4pm.
It’s the next phase of what has been a very exciting season, where the divisional series ended last weekend, clearing the way for the Allianz Football League Division 1 semi-finals and the Division 2, 3, 4 Allianz Football League finals.

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1:
KERRY v ROSCOMMON, Croke Park, 2.00pm

Kerry are bidding to reach the final for the first time since 2009 while Roscommon’s last appearance in the Allianz Football League Division 1 decider was in 1981. Kerry finished in second place on this year’s table, winning their last five games after losing the opening two. Roscommon finished third after winning four of seven games. Kerry and Roscommon met in the second round, with Roscommon winning by 0-14 to 1-10 in Killarney. It was Roscommon’s first League win over Kerry since 2001.

HOW THEY GOT HERE
KERRY
Dublin 2-14 Kerry 0-14
Roscommon 0-14 Kerry 1-10
Kerry 0-22 Down 0-6
Kerry 1-13 Donegal 1-8
Kerry 2-13 Mayo 0-14
Kerry 1-17 Monaghan 1-9
Kerry 0-20 Cork 1-12
Played 7, Won 5, Lost 2

TOP SCORERS
Colm Cooper 0-18
Barry John Keane 0-16
Bryan Sheehan 0-16
Alan Fitzgerald 0-12
Darran O’Sullivan 0-10

ROSCOMMON

Monaghan 2-10 Roscommon 1-9
Roscommon 0-14 Kerry 1-10
Roscommon 4-25 Cork 3-10
Roscommon 1-12 Down 0-6
Roscommon 1-19 Donegal 0-17
Mayo 1-11 Roscommon 1-7
Dublin 1-13 Roscommon 1-12
Played 7, W4, Lost 3

TOP SCORERS
Ciaran Murtagh 4-27
Fintan Cregg 0-22
Cathal Cregg 2-9
Conor Devaney 0-11
Senan Kilbride 2-2

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1:
DONEGAL v DUBLIN, Croke Park, 4.0
Dublin are bidding to reach the final for the fourth successive year while Donegal last qualified for the decider in 2007. The sides clashed in Round 6 of this year’s completion on March 26th when Dublin won by 1-10 to 0-7 in Croke Park. Dublin won all seven games while Donegal won the first three before losing the last four.

HOW THEY GOT THERE
DONEGAL
Donegal 3-15 Down 0-7
Donegal 2-14 Cork 1-7
Donegal 1-14 Mayo 1-12
Kerry 1-13 Donegal 1-8
Roscommon 1-19 Donegal 0-17
Dublin 1-10 Donegal 0-7
Monaghan 1-10 Donegal 1-9
Played 7, Won 3, Lost 4.

TOP SCORERS
Michael Murphy 1-30
Paddy McBrearty 1-25
Odran MacNiallais 1-9
Ryan McHugh 2-3
Leo McLoone 1-2

DUBLIN
Dublin 2-14 Kerry 0-14
Dublin 0-9 Mayo 0-7
Dublin 1-14 Monaghan 0-16
Dublin 2-14 Cork 2-10
Dublin 1-15 Down 1-7
Dublin 1-10 Donegal 0-7
Dublin 1-13 Roscommon 1-12
Played 7, Won 7

TOP SCORERS
Dean Rock 1-30
Cormac Costello 1-20
Diarmuid Connolly 3-4
Paddy Andrews 1-8
Kevin McManamon 0-6

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2016: RESULTS & FIXTURES

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1
Round 1: Dublin 2-14 Kerry 0-14: Donegal 3-15 Down 0-7; Cork 1-18 Mayo 0-12; Monaghan 2-10 Roscommon 1-9.
Round 2: Dublin 0-9 Mayo 0-7; Roscommon 0-14 Kerry 1-10; Donegal 2-14 Cork 1-7; Monaghan 0-13 Down 0-11.
Round 3: Dublin 1-14 Monaghan 0-16; Roscommon 4-25 Cork 3-10; Donegal 1-14 Mayo 1-12; Kerry 0-22 Down 0-6.
Round 4: Dublin 2-14 Cork 2-10; Roscommon 1-12 Down 0-6; Kerry 1-13 Donegal 1-8; Mayo 2-11 Monaghan 1-12.
Round 5: Dublin 1-15 Down 1-7; Cork 1-20 Monaghan 1-13; Kerry 2-13 Mayo 0-14; Roscommon 1-19 Donegal 0-17.
Round 6: Dublin 1-10 Donegal 0-7; Cork 0-12 Down 0-7; Kerry 1-17 Monaghan 1-9; Mayo 1-11 Roscommon 1-7
Round 7: Kerry 0-20 Cork 1-12; Mayo 1-19 Down 1-16; Monaghan 1-10 Donegal 1-9; Dublin 1-13 Roscommon 1-12.
Semi-finals: April 10th: Kerry v Roscommon 2.0; Dublin v Donegal 4.0
Final: Apr 24th
Here are the ups and the down in the various divisions:

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1 SEMI FINALISTS: Dublin, Donegal, Kerry, Roscommon
ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1 RELEGATED TEAMS: Down, Cork

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 2 PROMOTED TEAMS: Tyrone, Cavan RELEGATED TEAMS: Armagh, Laois
ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 3 PROMOTED TEAMS: Kildare, Clare RELEGATED TEAMS: Limerick, Westmeath
ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 4 PROMOTED TEAMS: Antrim, Louth


The Allianz Football League semi final Fixtures have been confirmed as a double-header for Sunday next in Croke Park as follows: 

Kerry V Roscommon @ 2pm 

Dublin V Donegal @ 4pm. 

Extra Time if required.