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McGrath Cup Final: Kerry defeat Limerick 2017-01-22 21:15:00


McGrath Cup Final: Kerry defeat Limerick

Kerry 3-13 Limerick 2-12 (After extra-time)

By Jackie Cahill at the Gaelic Grounds for GAA.ie


Kerry claimed their fifth McGrath Cup title win this afternoon but were made to work hard for it by a dogged Limerick outfit at the Gaelic Grounds.

The Kingdom needed extra-time before winning the competition for the first time since 2013 – as sub Conor Geaney’s late goal sealed the win in front of 2,010 spectators.


The sides were level at 1-11 apiece after 70 minutes as Geaney looked to have won it for Kerry with a free before Sean O’Dea, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, ensured two extra 10-minute periods.

The sides traded goals in the first period of extra-time as Barry O’Sullivan netted within 20 seconds of the restart, that Kerry goal cancelled out by Limerick captain Iain Corbett’s goal from a penalty in the 73rd minute, awarded for Shane Enright’s foul on Danny Neville.

As the teams turned around, Kerry led by 2-13 to 2-12 and Geaney’s well-taken goal, set up by a precise Conor Keane pass, put the end result beyond any doubt.


Geaney was brought on as a 65th minute substitute for former Footballer of the Year James O’Donoghue, who limped off with a foot injury.

Kerry also lost Paul Murphy and Gavin Crowley to injury during the game, but manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice indicated after the game that he’s confident that the problems won’t be of a long-term nature, as his charges look ahead to their opening League fixture with Donegal in a fortnight’s time.


For Limerick, who will operate in Allianz Football League Division 4 this season, this was an encouraging outing. They went toe to toe with their much-vaunted opponents for the entire game and despite falling six points behind in the first half and again early in the second, the Shannonsiders worked their way back into contention.


David Moran’s goal for Kerry approaching half-time opened up a 1-6 to 0-3 buffer, but Sean McSweeney’s free cut the interval deficit back to five, Limerick trailing by 0-4 to 1-6.

Ahead by 1-8 to 0-5 when O’Donoghue converted a 39th-minute free, Kerry looked in a good position but Limerick registered 1-3 without reply to draw level.

Seamus O’Carroll’s 53rd minute goal levelled matters, but crucially, Limerick could never get ahead as the sides were deadlocked on three further occasions down the home straight.

Chances came and went at both ends in a frantic finish before Geaney nailed a 69th minute free to put Kerry ahead. O’Dea showed real initiative to bomb forward from defence for an equaliser, but Kerry did enough in extra-time to lift early-season silverware.


Scorers for Kerry: C Geaney 1-2 (2fs), D Moran 1-1, J O’Donoghue 0-4 (3fs), B O’Sullivan 1-0, J Lyne & B.J. Keane (2f) 0-2 each, P Murphy and M Geaney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: I Corbett 1-2 (1-0 pen), S O’Carroll 1-1, D Neville 0-3, J Lee 0-2 (1f), S O’Dea, D Treacy, G Collins, and S McSweeney (f) 0-1 each.

Kerry: B Kealy; S Enright, J Foley, K Young; P Murphy, T Morley, T O’Sullivan; D Moran, J Barry; J Lyne, J Savage, M Geaney; B.J. Keane, P Geaney, J O’Donoghue

Subs: G Crowley for Murphy (inj., 30), B Sullivan for Savage (45), B Ó Seanacháin for M Geaney (46), B O’Sullivan for Barry (46), D Daly for Crowley (inj., 59), C Geaney for O’Donoghue (inj., 65), C Keane for P Geaney (79), K McCarthy for Keane (80), A Spillane for T O’Sullivan (83).

Limerick: D O’Sullivan; D Daly, J McCarthy, S O’Dea; P White, I Corbett, P Hannon; D Treacy, B Fanning; P Nash, S O’Carroll, B Donovan; S McSweeney, D Neville, G Collins

Subs: J Lee for McSweeney (48), G Noonan for Nash (49), D Ward for Daly (51), C Fahy for Hannon (60), J Naughton for O’Carroll (69), J Bridgeman for White (70+1), C Sheehan for Collins (75), P Quinn for Fanning (83), K Ryan for Treacy (85).

Referee: A Kissane (Waterford)


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Kerry V Limerick – McGrath Cup Final Sunday 22nd January 2017

The Kerry Team to play Limerick in the McGrath Cup Final on Sunday next in the Gaelic Grounds  (3pm) contains 8  players who featured in the final Championship game of 2016 and 10 players who started in last week’s defeat of Cork are retained.

Paul Murphy, who returns in the half back line, David Moran and Paul Geaney all start.


The team captained by Killian Young is as follows:

Ciarraí

1. Brendan Kealy                     Kilcummin

2. Shane Enright                       Tarbert

3. Jason Foley                           Ballydonoghue

4. Killian Young            (C)       Renard

5. Paul Murphy                         Rathmore

6. Tadhg Morley                       Templenoe

7. Tom O’Sullivan                     Dingle  

8. David Moran                        Kerins O’Rahillys

9. Jack Barry                             Na Gaeil

10. Jonathan Lyne                    Killarney Legion

11. Jack Savage                       K erins O’Rahillys

12. Michael Geaney                  Dingle

13. Barry John Keane   Kerins O’Rahillys

14. Paul Geaney                       Dingle

15. James O’Donoghue            Killarney Legion


Fir Ionaid: 

16. Brian Kelly                      Killarney Legion

17. Brendan O’Sullivan       Valentia

18. Gavin Crowley                Templenoe

19. Ronan Shanahan            Austin Stacks

20. Denis Daly                      St Marys

21. Adrian Spillane               Templenoe

22. Conor Geaney                  Dingle

23. Kevin McCarthy                 Kilcummin

24. Conor Keane                     Killarney Legion

25. Barry O’Sullivan                 Dingle

26. Brian Ó Seanacháin            Ballydonoghue

Bainistíocht

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Róghnóirí: Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers), Maurice Fitzgerald (St Marys).



McGrath Cup Final fixed for the Gaelic Grounds

The Gaelic Grounds in Limerick is the venue for the McGrath Cup Final on Sunday between Kerry and Limerick. The venue was decided on the toss of a coin. 

The double bill at the Gaelic Grounds will also see Kerry Hurlers take on Limerick in the CoOpSuperstores.ie Munster Senior Hurling League in the opening game at 1pm followed by the McGrath Cup final at 3pm. 


McGrath Cup Round 2

Kerry 1-13 Cork 1-9

(Report courtesy of  Eoghan Cormican, Irish Examiner in Mallow)


Kerry will meet Limerick in the McGrath Cup final after the Kingdom comfortably overcame Cork this afternoon. Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s men led from pillar to post, with their advantage extending to eight points midway through the second-half.


Jack Savage was most impressive at full-forward, the young Kerins O’Rahilly’s player notching five from play. He could have finished with a great tally, mind, but for a handful of efforts which he dropped into Ken O’Halloran’s gloves.

The visitors were well in control at the break leading by 1-8 to 0-5. That six-point advantage was in place as early as the 14th minute, with Kerry kicking the opening six points of the contest. Jack Savage and James O’Donoghue inflicted most of the damage, the inside pair accounting for all but one of their opening flurry.

A Sean Powter interception set up Niall Coakley for Cork’s opener’s on 15 minutes. The St Jude’s forward would kick four of their five first-half points. The home side fell further behind when Ken O’Halloran upended Jack Barry on 20 minutes, James O’Donoghue slotting the resulting penalty into the bottom right corner of Ken O’Halloran’s goal.


Gary Murphy kicked two fine points when introduced for Cork in the second period, with Niall Coakley – he was again Cork’s most imposing forward – making amends for a 41st minute missed penalty when finishing to the net on 60 minutes. It did little, however, to alter the final outcome.


Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue (1-3, 0-1 free); J Savage (0-6, 0-1 free); BJ Keane (0-2, 0-1 free); B O’Sullivan, T O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: N Coakley (1-5, 0-3 frees); G Murphy (0-3); B O’Driscoll (0-1);


Kerry: B Kelly; J Foley, M Griffin, K Young; B Ó Beaglaoich, P Crowley, T O’Sullivan; J Barry, T Morley; J Lyne, M Geaney, D Walsh; BJ Keane, J Savage, J O’Donoghue.

Subs: B O’Sullivan for Walsh (13 mins, inj); G Crowley for Ó Beaglaoich (43); R Shanahan for Foley (50); C Geaney for O’Donoghue (60); A Spillane for T O’Sullivan (61); D Daly for Geaney (68)


Cork: K O’Halloran; J Loughrey, K Histon, J McLoughlin; S Cronin, C Dorman, M Taylor; I Maguire, R Deane; S Powter, B O’Driscoll, M Collins; N Coakley, P Kelleher, K Davis.

Subs: A O’Donovan for Histon (20 mins); G Murphy for Powter (HT); R O’Toole for Maguire (48); E Lavers for Loughrey (61); D O’Driscoll for Davis (60)


Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary).


Note: Limerick defeated Waterford by 0-9 to 0-7 to come through from the other Group and claim a place in the final against Kerry on Sunday next at a venue to be decided.


Kerry V Cork – McGrath Cup Round 3 Sunday 15th January 2017

The Kerry Team to play Cork in the Munster Senior Football McGrath Cup on Sunday next in Mallow (2pm) contains 9 players who featured in their final Championship game of 2016 while 5 more, including Under 21 players Jason Foley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich and Tom O’Sullivan, were members of last year’s panel with Jack Savage the odd man out.


The team, captained by Peter Crowley is as follows: 

Ciarraí

1. Brian Kelly                          Killarney Legion

2. Jason Foley                         Ballydonoghue

3. Mark Griffin                     St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Killian Young                     Renard

5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich             An Ghaeltacht

6. Peter Crowley         (C)       Laune Rangers

7. Tom O’Sullivan                   Dingle

8. David Moran                       Kerins O’Rahillys

9. Tadhg Morley                     Templenoe

10. Jonathan Lyne                   Killarney Legion

11. Michael Geaney                Dingle

12. Donnchadh Walsh                        Cromane

13. Barry John Keane             Kerins O’Rahillys

14. Jack Savage                       Kerins O’Rahillys

15. James O’Donoghue           Killarney Legion

Fir Ionaid: 

16. Brendan Kealy                  Kilcummin

17. Brendan O’Sullivan          Valentia

18. Gavin Crowley                  Templenoe

19. Kevin McCarthy               Kilcummin

20. Jack Barry                         Na Gaeil

21. Ronan Shanahan               Austin Stacks

22. Adrian Spillane                 Templenoe

23. Conor Geaney                   Dingle

24. Denis Daly                        St Marys

25. Conor Keane                     Killarney Legion

Bainistíocht

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Róghnóirí: Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers), Maurice Fitzgerald (St Marys).


Kerry play Cork in the McGrath Cup in Mallow

Kerry, who fielded a side drawn entirely from their Under 21 squad  had little difficulty in disposing of a weakened Tipperary fifteen in the opening round of the McGrath Cup on Sunday last and it was interesting to see that the new “mark” rule had very little impact on proceedings.

So Kerry, with Eamonn Fitzmaurice in charge of the senior panel  this time, head to Mallow for their second game on Sunday next against Cork knowing that a win there will earn them a place in the  McGrath Cup final on January 22nd. Cork, incidentally,  opened their campaign midweek with a good win away to Tipperary. 

At a recent Press briefing Eamonn Fitzmaurice gave an up-date on the current situation with regard to player availability for the foreseeable future – and one man who will not be part of the panel this year is Padraig O’Connor of Legion who has emigrated to America. Kerry will be without players from  Dr Crokes, Kenmare and Glenbeigh-Glencar until their respective club championship campaigns have finished and the likes of Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Jack Savage (O’Rahillys), Ronan Shanahan (Austin Stacks), Kevin McCarthy (Kilcummin) and Shane Murphy (Dr Crokes), once his club championship commitments come to an end, will be in training with the senior panel.  Neither Aidan O’Mahony nor Kieran Donaghy have yet committed for the coming year but they are expected to make a decision on their futures in the green and gold jersey in the coming weeks as is Colm Cooper once his club championship Commitments have finished. Following the retirement of Marc Ó Sé, Kerry will also of course have to plan without a member of that family in the side for the first time since the late Paidí made his debut as a Minor way back in 1971.

Kerry returned to training on Tuesday of last week and apart from a slight injury being carried by Anthony Maher they are relatively injury free for the Cork fixture which throws in at the Mallow GAA complex at 2pm.

Incidentally, the situation with regard to the Kerry senior captaincy for the coming year is that Dr Crokes, as county champions, have the honour of naming the new Kerry senior football captain but they have chosen to delay that announcement until their Club Championship campaign has been completed. Until then, Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will appoint an interim captain.


McGrath Cup – Round 1

Kerry 3-11 Tipperary 1-3


Kerry, who fielded a side drawn entirely from their Under 21 squad and managed by the Under 21 management team had little difficulty in disposing of a Tipperary side who fielded 7 of the side that played in the All Ireland semi final last August at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park today. Jack O’Connor will be happy with this display ahead of the Under 21 championship campaign which gets underway with a game against Clare at the Austin Stack Park  venue on March 8th.


Cathal Bambury opened the scoring for Kerry but then Diarmuid Foley gave Shane Ryan no chance as he fired a fine shot to the Kerry net in the tenth minute. Kerry’s response was impressive as they went on to score six of the next seven points with Tom O’Sullivan raiding from the back helping himself to two of those. Then in the 26th minute, big ful forward Matthew O’Sullivan was pulled down in the square and Cathal Bambury struck the penalty well to leave Kerry leading by 1-8 to 1-2 at the break.


Shane Ryan saved well from Alan Moloney on the restart before Cathal Bambury cut in from the side to give Matthew O’Sullivan the simple task of finishing to the net in the 46th minute to put Kerry 2-8 to 1-2 clear. Scores were few and far between thereafter but sub Matthew Flaherty and last year’s minor captain Sean O’Shea added to Kerry’s tally before Matthew O’Sullivan availed of good work by Ivan Parker and fisted his second goal in the 68th minute to leave Kerry comfortable winners.


So Kerry, with Eamonn Fitzmaurice in charge this time, head to Mallow for their second game on Sunday next against Cork (2pm) knowing that a win there will earn them a place in the McGrath Cup final on January 22nd.


Kerry Scorers: Matthew O’Sullivan 2-0, Cathal Bambury 1-1, Sean O’Shea 0-3 (2 frees), Tom O’Sullivan and Conor Geaney (0-1 F) 0-2 each, Barry O’Sullivan, Matthew Flaherty and Cormac Coffey 0-1 each.

Kerry lined out as selected and the following subs were introduced: Matthew Flaherty for Lee O’Donoghue, Brian Sugrue for Daniel O’Brien, Liam Carey for Conor Geaney, Liam Kearney for Barry O’Sullivan, Ivan Parker for Cathal Bambury and Cormac Coffey for Tom O’Sullivan.



The Kerry Team to play Tipperary in Round 1 of the Munster Senior Football McGrath Cup on Sunday next in Austin Stack Park (2pm) is drawn entirely from the county’s Under 21 panel and will be managed by the Under 21 manager Jack O’Connor and his Under 21 Management team.

With 2 or 3 exceptions, these players have all been involved with the successful Kerry Minor teams over the past three years.



The team, captained by Matthew O’Sullivan is as follows: 

1. Shane Ryan                            Rathmore

2. Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan            Dingle

3. Jason Foley                            Ballydonoghue

4. Tom O’Sullivan                      Dingle

5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich               An Ghaeltacht

6. Andrew Barry                        Na Gaeil

7. Daniel O’Brien                       Glenflesk

8. Barry O’Sullivan                     Dingle

9. Brian Ó Seanacháin               Ballydonoghue

10. Brandon Barrett                   Ardfert

11. Sean O’Shea                          Kenmare

12. Lee O’Donoghue                   Glenflesk

13. Conor Geaney                        Dingle

14. Matthew O’Sullivan  (C)        St Michaels-Foilmore

15. Cathal Bambury                     Dingle


Fir Ionaid:

16. Eoghan O’Brien                     Churchill

17. Brian Sugrue                          Renard

18. Matthew Flaherty                  Dingle

19. Liam Kearney                        Spa

20. Liam Carey                             Beaufort

21. Cormac Coffey                       Kerins O’Rahillys

22. Ivan Parker                             Churchill

23. Robert Wharton                     Renard

24. Darren Brosnan                     Gneeveguilla

25. Bryan Sweeney                      Listowel Emmets

26. Michael Foley                         Spa

Bainistíocht:

Bainisteoir:  Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)

Roghnoirí:  Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senans), Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses).

Treanálaí: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald


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New Intercounty football season gets underway with McGrath Cup

The 2017 intercounty season gets underway on Sunday next when Kerry play Tipperary in Round 1 of the McGrath Cup in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park at 2pm. While this is a senior fixture, Kerry will be represented on this occasion by a team drawn from the Under 21 panel who are training for the Munster Under 21 championship that commences on March 8th with a home game against Clare.


 Jack O’Connor and his management team will be in charge on the sideline and the Kerry Under 21 side this year is very much along the same lines as the 2016 side. Indeed eleven  of the team that started last year’s provincial final against Cork are eligible again in 2017 with the exceptions being Jack Savage, Dara Roche and  Eanna Ó Conchúir who are overage and of course Mark O’Connor who is trying his luck in the Australian Rules game. 


So we look forward to seeing up and coming young prospects such as Shane Ryan, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Jason Foley, Matthew O’Flaherty, Andrew Barry (who did not start last year’s Under 21 final due to injury) Gavin White, Michéal Burns and Killian Spillane to name but a few and no doubt Kerry senior manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will be a very interested spectator in the stands as he contemplates life without Marc Ó Sé and perhaps others such as Aidan O’Mahony and Kieran Donaghy who are expected to make a decision on their future in the green and gold jersey in the coming weeks. 


The second game in the McGrath Cup sees Kerry travel to Mallow on Sunday week to take on Cork.


The Kerry senior panel recommenced training on Tuesday night of this week but one man who will not be part of the panel this year is Padraig O’Connor of Legion who has emigrated to America. Kerry will be without players from  Dr Crokes, Kenmare and Glenbeigh-Glencar until their respective club championship campaigns have finished and the likes of Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Jack Savage (O’Rahillys), Ronan Shhanahan (Austin Stacks, Kevin McCarthy (Kilcummin) and Shane Murphy (Dr Crokes, once his club commitments are ended) will be training with the Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s side.


Dr Crokes, as county champions, have the honour of naming the new Kerry senior football captain for 2017 but they have chosen to delay that announcement until their Club Championship campaign has been completed. Until then, Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will appoint an interim captain.