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Kerry go through to All-Ireland Minor Semis 2014-08-04 11:25:00

After a game that will hardly live long in the memory, Kerry qualified for the All Ireland Minor Football Championship semi final and a meeting with Mayo (presumably on August 24th) when disposing of an outclassed Kildare side an attendance of 2,527 at Semple Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday. Kerry held all the aces in this contest with the likes of Briain Ó Beaglaoich, Barry O’Sullivan, Michéal Burns (Until dismissed on a Black Card in the 37th minute), and Tomás Ó Sé in fine form and indeed the elusive Ó Sé was easily the most accomplished player on view.

Kerry were three points to one up inside the opening six minutes with points from Killian Spillane (Fr), Barry O’Sullivan and Michéal Burns but Kildare hit back for their best spell of the game and took the lead by the 12th minute after three points on the trot. Jordan Kiely then struck for Kerry’s first goal after great work by Killian Spillane and two good points from Liam Carey had Kerry 1-5 to 0-4 ahead by the 20th minute. Shane Ryan brought off a spectacular save in the 24th minute to keep the lead intact and further points from Killian Spillane and Michéal Burns saw Kerry take a 1-7 to 0-4 lead to the interval break.

Kerry restarted with two pointed frees from Killian Spillane and another form a Shane Ryan “45” to lead by 1-10 to 0-5 by the 39th minute but they lost Micheál Burns to a disputed Black Card in the 37th minute to be replaced by Brian Rayle. Kildare did respond with two points of their own but they were reduced to 14 men at the three quarter stage when Michael Kelly was dismissed on a second yellow as referee Niall Cullen finally tired of the rather robust challenges of the Kildare men. Killian Spillane pointed a free and then Kildare were thrown a lifeline when a lapse in concentration by the Kerry defence saw Shea Ryan cut in along the endline to beat Shane Ryan in the Kerry goal. Just four points in it now but Killian Spillane steadied the ship with a pointed free and then Tomás Ó Sé fielded well and made ground before hitting the net for Kerry’s second goal in the 53rd minute. Ó Sé, who was a delight to watch, added two more points either side of a Killian Spillane free to round off a very satisfying victory for the Kingdom boys.

Scorers: Killian Spillane 0-6 (5Fr), Tomás Ó Sé 1-2, Jordan Kiiely 1-0, Michéal Burns 0-3, Liam Carey 0-2, Barry O’Sullivan and Shane Ryan (“45”) 0-1 each.
Subs: Brian Royle for Michéal Burns (BC), Liam Kearney for Mark O’Connor, Robert Wharton for Brian Sugrue, Stephen O’Sullivan for Liam Carey, Ivan Parker for Jordan Kiely and Jason Foley for Dan O’Donoghue.