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All Ireland SFC Q-F: Kerry register convincing win 2016-07-31 17:29:00

All Ireland SFC Quarter-Final
Kerry 2-16 Clare 0-11
By Paul Keane at Croke Park for gaa.ie

All-Ireland title hopefuls Kerry left neighbours Clare with a depressingly familiar feeling as the Kingdom cruised through to the last four of the Championship.

Goals from Donnchadh Walsh and Darran O'Sullivan did the trick at Croke Park as Eamonn Fitzmaurice's men repeated their big win over Clare in the Munster championship on the national stage.

Their reward is an August 28 semi-final clash with Dublin or Donegal, a tie that is sure to excite regardless of the opposition.

James O'Donoghue and Paul Geaney also contributed 0-8 between them while Barry John Keane made a pressing case for inclusion the next day with three points from the bench.

For first-time quarter-finalists Clare, the dream is over though it has been a famous summer and they weren't disgraced by any means.

It was looking good for Clare initially and the teams were tied at 0-3 to 0-3 after 20 minutes.

All of Clare's points came from placed balls with David Tubridy converting two frees and Eoin Cleary notching the other.

But Kerry's opening goal in the 21st minute put clear daylight between them for the first time and was a dagger through Clare's outside hopes of progressing
It was a bizarre strike and hugely unfortunate for Clare as Paul Murphy's attempted hop bounced off his heel and into the path of Walsh to volley in from close range.

It began a burst of Kerry scoring that saw them hit 1-4 without reply, allowing them to take firm control of the game.

O'Donoghue hit a lovely point from the left wing while O'Sullivan kicked two in this period as Clare were pinned back.

Kerry got plenty of joy from high, diagonal ball into their forward line and to Paul Geaney in particular.

Pearse Lillis scored Clare's first point in 18 minutes approaching half-time but Kerry responded with O'Donoghue's third point to lead convincingly at the break, 1-8 to 0-4.

Clare were unfortunate not to grab at least a goal themselves in the second-half, hitting the post with one effort and having an effort cleared off the line by Kerry sub Aidan O'Mahony.

But the 2014 All-Ireland winners were always in control and O'Sullivan's goal in the 41st minute, a left foot rocket to the top right corner, put them in a commanding position with a 2-8 to 0-5 lead.

Fitzmaurice introduced six subs throughout the second-half and Bryan Sheehan was among the scorers after coming on as they made light of Clare's challenge and settled for an 11-point win.

Scorers for Kerry: D O'Sullivan 1-2, J O'Donoghue 0-5 (3fs), BJ Keane 0-3, P Geaney 0-3 (0-1f), D Walsh 1-1, B Sheehan 0-1 (0-1f), S O'Brien 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-4 (2fs, 145), E Cleary 0-4 (4fs), P Lillis 0-1, J Malone 0-1, P Burke 0-1.

Kerry: B Kelly; T Morley, M Griffin, B O Beaglaoich; S Enright, K Young, P Crowley; K Donaghy, D Moran; D Walsh, D O'Sullivan, P Murphy; J O'Donoghue, P Geaney, S O'Brien.

Subs: A O'Mahony for Morley (45, BC), BJ Keane for Walsh (45), A Maher for Donaghy (48), B Sheehan for Moran (53), M O Se for Crowley (53), T Brosnan for O'Donoghue (66).

Clare: J Hayes; S Hickey, K Harnett, D Ryan; M McMahon, G Kelly, C O'Dea; G Brennan, C O'Connor; S Collins, P Collins, E Cleary; J Malone, D Tubridy, P Lillis.

Subs: S McGrath for Tubridy (47), E Coughlan for O'Connor (50), P Burke for Hickey (58), S Malone for Kelly (64).

Referee: M Deegan (Laois).

Kerry Senior Football Team V Clare
All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter Final

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Clare in the All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter Final in Croke Park on Sunday at 2pm shows three changes in personnel from the side that defeated Tipperary in the Munster Final; Peter Crowley comes into the half back line in place of Aidan O’Mahony who was a late replacement for the injured Laune Rangers man last day out; David Moran starts in midfield instead of Bryan Sheehan and up front, James O’Donoghue returns for his first start since last year’s All Ireland final in place of the injured Colm Cooper.

The substitutes list is notable for the fact that three of this year’s Under 21 side, Tom O’Sullivan, Barry O’Sullivan and Tony Brosnan, make the championship match day squad for the first time.

Michael Geaney, who replaced Colm Cooper in the course of the Munster Final, misses the game through injury as do Cooper and Johnny Buckley.

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

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 Munster 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 who made his Championship debut against Clare in the Munster semi final, Tadhg played Minor for Kerry in 2010 and 2011 and Under 21 for the county in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 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 Junior Club titles 2015/16.

James O’Donoghue – Who made his Championship debut against Cork in 2011 is starting his first full game for Kerry since last years All Ireland Final and made his 25th Championship appearance for Kerry when introduced as a sub in the Munster Final. Scorer of 9-65 in those 25 games.

Munster Semi Final – The Kerry team shows two changes in personnel from the side that defeated Clare by 2-23 to 0-17 in the Munster semi final back on June 12th. (David Moran and James O’Donoghue for Bryan Sheehan and Colm Cooper).

Kerry Seniors take on Clare in All Ireland Quarter Final

Kerry and Clare cross swords in the championship for the second time this year when they meet in the All Ireland Quarter Final on Sunday in Croke Park in the second game of a treble header that throws in at 2pm. It will be recalled that the sides met in the semi finals of the Munster championship on June 12th when Kerry had a nine points victory, 2-23 to 0-17 a game that saw Clare stunned by a goal in the first minute when Colm Cooper’s shot went all the way to the Clare net. Since then, Kerry have had just one championship game overcoming fellow quarter finalists Tipperary in the Munster final four weeks ago. In contrast, Clare quickly dusted themselves down following that defeat in the Fitzgerald Stadium, and have reeled off three fine victories by the qualifier route in successive weekends defeating Laois by a point, Sligo by seven points and Roscommon by six points on Saturday last to qualify for the quarter finals for the first time.
Kerry are of course seasoned campaigners at this stage of the championship and have never failed to qualify for the quarter finals since their introduction back in 2001.

Injuries continue to upset Kerry’s preparations with Michael Geaney the latest player to be sidelined and he, along with Johnny Buckley and Colm Cooper, will miss Sunday’s showdown. Kerry’s lack of competitive action with only two games in as many months is a worry heading into Sunday’s game against a side who have had a roller coaster ride through the qualifiers in the last few weeks but knowing Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his management team nothing will be taken for granted by way of preparation for this unique showdown.

The Kerry team is due to be announced on Friday evening at 7pm and the referee on Sunday is Maurice Deegan of Laois.

The third game on Sunday is the second quarter final between Galway and Tipperary that has a throw-in of 4pm.