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Kerry Senior & Minor Qtr Finals confirmed for Sun July 31st 2016-07-18 17:11:00

Kerry's Quarter Finals confirmed for Sunday July 31st

The GAA have confirmed Sunday July 31st as the date for Kerry's All Ireland Quarter Final ties at both Minor and Senior level.

Kerry Minors will get proceedings underway at 12 Noon when they take on Ulster Final Runners-up Derry.

Provincial winners, both Kerry and Galway still await their opponents in the Senior Quarter Finals on the same day.

Kerry and Galway will be paired against the winners of the final 2 games in Round 4A of the Qualifiers. Those game go ahead this Saturday as follows:
Clare V Roscommon in Pearse Stadium, Galway at 3pm
Derry V Tipperary in Breffni Park at 5pm.

Preconditions for the Quarter Final Draws are as follows:

1. Neither Kerry nor Galway can meet their Provincial Final opponents
2. Repeat games are to be avoided where possible

Kerry Seniors also record a 4th Munster title on the trot
The Kerry senior footballers recorded 4 Munster titles in a row when overcoming a determined Tipperary challenge at Fitzgerald Stadium this afternoon.
Tipp got off to a great start with a goal after 50 seconds but Kerry responded with goals from Paul Murphy and Paul Geaney to lead by 2-7 to 1-4 at the break.

Geaney had his second goal 13 minutes into the second half but Tipp responded with a fine goal from Robbie Kiely to reduce the deficit to 5 points. However, Kerry finished stronger with James O'Donoghue coming off the bench to score 4 points in a 3-17 to 2-10 win.

It’s a guessing game at this stage as to who Kerry’s opponents will be in the Quarter Finals on the August Bank Holiday weekend. We do know that Kerry are destined to meet a team from the “A” side of the Qualifier Draw thus avoiding such potential heavyweights such as Mayo, Cork and Monaghan. Teams left in Group A include Sligo, Derry/Meath, Clare/Laois and Cavan/Carlow.

Four teams from that quartet will meet in Round 3A and the two teams that emerge will be paired against the Connaught Final Loser (Galway/Roscommon) and Tipperary in Round 4A. Kerry and the Connaught champions will meet the winners of those two Round 4A games.

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match report from Munster GAA

Kerry Senior Football Team V Tipperary Munster Championship Final

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Tipperary in the Munster Senior Football Final at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday is unchanged from the side that started against Clare in the semi final.
In the subs, Aidan O’Mahony returns after suspension and James O’Donoghue returns to the match day squad for the first time since last year’s All Ireland Final.

The team, captained by Bryan Sheehan is as follows:

1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
2. Shane Enright Tarbert
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Killian Young Renard
5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
6. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
7. Tadhg Morley Templenoe
8. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks
9. Bryan Sheehan (C) St Marys
10. Paul Murphy Rathmore
11. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
14. Paul Geaney Dingle
15. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
Fir Ionaid:
16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
18. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
19. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
20. Michael Geaney Dingle
21. Anthony Maher Duagh
22. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
23. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
24. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion
25. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
26. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion

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

Additional Info:
Brian Ó Beaglaioch (An Ghaeltacht) - Made his Championship debut against Clare in the semi final having made his League debut against Dublin in the AFL Round 1 earlier in the year. He also played in the McGrath Cup in January. Brian won an All Ireland Minor medal with Kerry in 2014 in the full back position and has 2 Hogan Cup (2014 & 2015) and 3 Munster Colleges Corn Uí Mhuirí medals being joint Captain with Mark O’Connor for Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne last year.
Tadhg Morley (Templenoe) – A Primary Teacher, Tadhg played Minor for Kerry in 2010 and 2011 and Under 21 for the county in 2012 and 2013. He was centre back on the Kerry team that won the All Ireland Junior title last year. He captained Templenoe to County, Munster and All Ireland Club titles 2015/16.
Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh-Glencar) – Who made his championship debut in the All Ireland Final of 2005, played in his 60th Championship game in the semi final. He has scored 9-34 in championship football.
Marc Ó Sé – Should Marc make an appearance as a sub, he will be just 1 game away from joining his brother Tomás on 88 Championship games for Kerry which is a county and national record.
Allianz League Final - The team shows 5 changes from the side defeated by Dublin in the Allianz League Final with Brian Kelly, Killian Young, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Tadhg Morley and Paul Geaney replacing Brendan Kealy, Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Fionn Fitzgerald and David Moran.
All Ireland Final 2015 – In all, the team shows 8 personnel changes from the side that took the field in the All Ireland Final last September - .Brian Kelly, Mark Griffin, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Tadhg Morley, Kieran Donaghy, Bryan Sheehan, Paul Murphy and Darran O’Sullivan replace Brendan Kealy, Fionn Fitzgerald, Aidan O’Mahony, Jonathan Lyne, Anthony Maher, David Moran, Johnny Buckley, and James O’Donoghue.

Kerry and Tipperary meet in the Munster Final

Few would have predicted at the start of the championship that Tipperary would be Kerry’s opponents in the Munster Football Championship final but that is exactly the way it has panned out with the Premier county upsetting the applecart when handing Cork a two points defeat in the semi final. The standout factor from that surprise victory by the Tipp men was the fact that they recovered at the death after surrendering a nine points lead in the closing quarter and that in itself says a lot about the character of Liam Kerins’ side. Shorne of eleven players from last year’s championship panel, the Tralee native has had to mould an almost new side for this year’s campaign and that defeat of Cork must rank as one of the great championship upsets for many a long day.

It’s all of eighteen years since Kerry and Tipperary last met in the provincial decider and that game in Thurles will be remembered for the fact that Maurice Fitzgerald contributed 10 points (8 frees) of Kerry’s tally in a 0-17 to 1-10 scoreline before an attendance of 27,200. Having beaten Cork in the semi final, Kerry were subsequently defeated by Kildare in the All Ireland semi final.

Kerry will not need any reminding that Tipperary put it up to the then All Ireland champions for long periods of last year’s semi final meeting between the sides in Thurles before the Kingdom emerged victorious by 2-14 to 2-8. Injury problems in the Kerry camp are beginning to clear up slowly but surely and the likes of Johnny Buckley and James O’Donoghue for instance, have returned to full training and it will be interesting to see if they will force their way back onto Sunday’s team. Anthony Maher too will have had another few weeks of training under his belt after a long layoff with an injury that took longer than expected to mend.

The Kerry management team would, I am sure, have preferred a far tougher test of their present well being than they got from a Clare side whose challenge was undermined from the off after conceding a rather fortuitous goal but that said, the Bannermen did post a very decent 17 points on the scoreboard though they never remotely looked like causing an upset at any stage of the game.

Tipp’s defeat of Cork, and that high scoring return by Clare will no doubt help focus the minds of the Kerry players on their home patch of Fitzgerald Stadium and we wish all concerned the best of luck in their quest for a 78th Munster title. The throw-in is at 2pm and the referee for the final is David Gough of Meath.