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PRO GAA Scene August 27th 2014 2014-08-27 21:22:00

Kerry fight-back earns replay with Mayo

Kerry, boosted by the introduction of Kieran Donaghy, fought back from what looked like a lost cause to salvage a draw with Mayo at Croke Park on Sunday last and earn a semi final replay on this coming Saturday at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Throw-in time is 5pm.

Kerry had the upper hand in the first half and were well worth their four points interval lead, and with Mayo reduced to fourteen men following the dismissal of Lee Keegan just before the break, Kerry were in a good position facing into the second half. However, throwing caution to the wind, a rejuvenated Mayo side took the game to their rivals from the restart, outscored the Kingdom by 1-11 to 0-4 at one stage on the new half,  and looked comfortable when leading by five points with as many minutes remaining. However, Donaghy’s introduction was the catalyst for a tremendous fight back by the Kingdom and James O’Donoghue’s goal set up a grand stand finish with Kieran O’Leary emerging as the Kerry saviour with an equalising point from distance.

So it’s back to the drawing board for respective managers Eamonn Fitzmaurice and James Horan as both sides do battle once again for a place in the All Ireland final on September 21st against Dublin or Donegal. Kerry are due to wind down their preparations with a light training session in Fitzgerald Stadium on this Thursday night - which incidentally is not open to the public – after which the team will be announced and posted on the Kerry GAA website around 8:30pm.

Ticket Arrangements for Saturday’s Replay

Saturday’s Kerry/Mayo replay is an all ticket game with ticket prices as follows:

Mackey Stand (Covered) -  €30 Adults

North Stand (Uncovered) - €30 Adults and €5 Juveniles

Terraces -  €20 Adults and €5 Juveniles

€10 Concession applies in both stands for Students/OAPs. There is no concession for Terrace Tickets. Family tickets apply to open stand only.

Ticket Collection for Clubs and Schemes at County Board Office on Wednesday 27th from 2:00 to 5:30pm. Please note that the number of tickets in the Mackey Stand is very restricted and the majority of the tickets will be in the open stand.

All non-allocated Tickets will be re-allocated for public sale  in Austin Stack Park on Wednesday from 7.00 to 8.00pm; Thursday from 2:00 to 5:30pm and  7:00 to 8:00pm and Friday from 1:00 to 4:00pm while stocks last.

A Limited number of Public Sale tickets will also be available to purchase from the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney from Tuesday 26th August. Tickets are available on-line from gaa.ie/tickets and from participating Centra and Supervalu Stores Countywide.

Kerry Minors in All Ireland Final

After a slow start that saw them take almost twenty minutes to register their first score despite dominating play, Kerry came good in the second half outscoring Mayo by 1-11 to 2-3 to qualify for the All Ireland final on September 21st against either Dublin or Donegal. The final score was 1-14 to 2-7. This was certainly a team performance with substitutes, especially Liam Carey, playing prominent roles when introduced and no doubt the at times patchy performance will be a blessing in disguise for Jack O’Connor and his management team as they try to keep the feet firmly on the ground in the run in to the final. Kerry will have the advantage over their final rivals of an additional week to prepare for the game and no doubt this will be put to good use by the management team.

This will be Kerry’s first final appearance since 2006, when a team that included the likes of Shane Enright, David Moran and  Johnny Buckley from the present senior side and of course  also included Tommy Walsh who went on to star in Kerry’s victory over Cork in 2009. That team somehow managed not to win the final in Croke Park against Roscommon when held to a draw (0-15 each) and subsequently went down to a Donie Shine inspired Connaught outfit by 1-10 to 0-9 in the replayed final in Ennis.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Semi Finals Down for decision this Thursday

The draw for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor football Championship semi finals, which are down for decision on this Thursday evening, resulted in identical pairings to last year so Dr Crokes will take on holders East Kerry and An Ghaeltacht will play local rivals Dingle.  Both games will throw-in at 6:30pm with An Ghaeltacht and Dingle meeting in Lispole and Spa the venue for the second semi final.

Both Dr Crokes who were defeated by Mid Kerry, and East Kerry, defeated by Shannon Rangers, have arrived at the semi finals via the back door route. Dr Crokes got a walk over from Feale Rangers in the losers round before going to Caherciveen and defeating South Kerry by a point. East Kerry, surprised by Shannon Rangers in the opening round, recovered well with high scoring wins over Kenmare, Austin Stacks and Mid Kerry and no doubt, there will be scores a plenty when  the two Eastern rival will meet.

An Ghaeltacht had nine points to spare over St Kierans in their opening game before just holding out against Spa by the minimum margin in the quarter final while their West Kerry neighbours, Dingle, had a big win over West Kerry before disposing of Shannon Rangers by five points.

Last year An Ghaeltacht defeated Dingle by nine points in the semi final while East Kerry had four points to spare over Dr Crokes before winning the title outright. Both pairings are very evenly matched and there are no guarantees that there will be repeat results this time around and with an abundance of Kerry minor panellists in action these two games are sure to give value for money.

Important back games in Credit Union Senior Football League this weekend

With the penultimate round in the Credit Union Senior Football League looming, this weekend sees some very important back games, the results of which will have a defining effect for the future league prospects of many of the clubs involved.

In Division 1, leaders Austin Stacks visit St Michaels-Foilmore with the Rathmore V Dr Crokes game off.

In Division 2, Tarbert play Kenmare and Skellig Rangers entertain Gneeveguilla.  Tarbert and Skellig Rangers share the third relegation spot at present with Kenmare and Gneeveguilla just two points better off.

In Division 3, Brosna have Scartaglen as visitors and the home side know that a victory will see them in joint second place while Scartaglen look doomed if they do not get a result.

There are two important games at the top of Division 4 where the unbeaten leaders Na Gaeil play Firies, and Beale v Castlegregory sees second against joint third in the table.

Due to the All Ireland Semi final replay on Saturday, all games will revert to Sunday fixtures.

Junior Football Leagues

The following is the up to date position with the Junior Football Leagues with three groups yet to be completed;

Group 1: Killarney Legion will play Austin Stacks in the final on September 13th in Derreen..

Group 3: An Ghaeltacht will play Na Gaeil  in the final following Na Gaeil’s 0-15 to 2-6 semi final victory over  Milltown on Tuesday evening of last week.

Group 4: Waterville and Templenoe are in the final on a date to be fixed.

Junior Cup Competitions

The Junior Cup competitions are down to the semi finals in most cases and those semi finals are pencilled in for this coming Friday where possible.

Molyneaux Cup  

The way is clear for the semi finals on Friday evening next. Kilcummin will play Dingle in Kilcummin and Austin Stacks are home in Connolly Park to Dr Crokes who defeated Kerins O’Rahillys comprehensively by 6-9 to 0-5 in the quarter final last weekend

McElligott Cup

In one semi final Clounmacon, who had a big win over Templenoe last week, will play Na Gaeil who defeated Desmonds by 2-13 to 1-7 on Friday evening last and Gneeveguilla await the winners of the Round 2 game between Kenmare and Waterville in the other semi final.

Barrett Cup 

Last weekend, Ballyheigue defeated Ballydonoghue by 11 points to 9 and now play St Pats in the semi final and St Marys qualified for the semi final with a 2-11 to 1-12 victory over Skellig Rangers on Friday evening last and now await the winners of the Beaufort V Dromid Pearses game which is scheduled for Wednesday of this week.

Cahill Cup

In one semi final, Beale play Renard who defeated Cromane by 2-11 to 1-12 last weekend while in the other semi final, Moyvane play the winners of the Castlegregory v Lispole replay.

Under 21 Club Championship

Last week there were wins for St Pats/Na Gaeil, Legion, Annascaul/Lispole/Castlegregory and Austin Stacks and they go forward to the Under 21 Cup competition on this Wednesday evening at 7pm together with the winners from week 1. Fixtures are:

St Pats/Na Gael v Rathmore, Legion v Templenoe, Lispole/Castle/Annascaul  v Dingle, Glenflesk v Kilcummin, Bally/Asdee/Beale v Dr Crokes, John Mitchels v An Gaeltacht.

The Under 21 Shield, which is for the losers of the first Round, has the following fixtures down for decision on this Wednesday evening: Kerins O’Rahillys v Moyvane/Tarbert, Laune Rangers v Desmonds and Beaufort v Keel/Listry.

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Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship Quarter Final Roundup

Ballyduff, Lixnaw and Abbeydorney/ Crotta have qualified for the semi-finals of the 2014 Keane’s SuperValu County Minor Hurling Championship, while South Kerry and St. Brendan’s will have to meet again to decide the fourth spot.  All four quarter finals went ahead last Saturday.

In a very one sided game, Abbeydorney/Crotta had a 4 – 15 to 0 – 3 win over Kilmoyley. The gulf between the sides was emphasised by the fact that the winners had a panel of 30 players while Kilmoyley, who battled bravely to the end, had just 1 sub.  Team lineouts were: Abbeydorney/Crotta: Darragh Regan, Kieran Lyons, David Behan, Darragh Ryan, Tom McElligott, Ronan Donovan, Adrian Mahony, Darragh Scanlon, Stevie O’Sullivan, David Egan, Colin Browne, Raymond Nolan, Jordan Conway, Daire Dineen, Colm McCarthy. Subs used: Tomas O’Connor, Jack McCarthy, Donal O’Connell, Cian McCarthy and Bill Keane.  Kilmoyley:  Richard Flaherty, Maurice O’Connor, Emmet Meehan, Eamon Dowling, Mark Lynch, Robert Collins, Sean Curran, Darren Godley, Eoin McCarthy, Thomas O’Sullivan, Jordan Brick, Liam Claffey, Philip Flaherty, Robert McElligott, Sean Regan. Sub. Kevin Crowe.

At Ardfert, South Kerry [4 – 9] and St. Brendan’s [3 – 12] served up an excellent game. South Kerry were well on top in the first half, after which they led by 3 – 5 to 1 – 7. The home side, fielding 10 under 16’s, played with a great spirit and it required a late pointed free from South Kerry to level matters.

Causeway, who were favourites by many to win the competition, went down to Lixnaw by 5 - 7 to 2 - 10 while Ballyduff had a convincing 1 - 21 to 1 - 7 away win over Ballyheigue.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Championship semi finals

The eagerly awaited semi-finals of the Garvey’s SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship go ahead on this weekend. First up is the meeting of Kilmoyley and Ballyduff on Friday evening at 6.45p.m. while on Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm, holders St. Brendan’s take on Lixnaw in a repeat of the 2014 final.  The date for the second semi final has been rescheduled due to the All-Ireland football semi-final.

Co. Intermediate Championship

In the remaining two quarter finals of the Co. Intermediate Championship, Dr Crokes defeated Kilgarvan by 2-13 to 2-10 and Kenmare defeated Kilmoyley by 0-12 to 1-6.

The semi-finals are fixed for Sunday next as follows: Kenmare v Causeway Fitzgerald Stadium at 12 noon;, Dr Crokes v Lixnaw  in Austin Stack Park at 6pm.

Kerry Under 21s go down to Roscommon

The Kerry Under 21 hurlers lost to Roscommon by 4 - 10 to 2 - 13 on Saturday last in the semi-final of the All-Ireland Under 21 ‘B’ Championship.

The Kerry Minor hurlers will play Meath in their All-Ireland ‘B’ Final on Saturday week, 6th September.

Development Squads

Best of luck to the Kerry under age Development squads who take part in their various inter county competitions on this weekend. The under 14’s travel to Waterford for the Tony Forrestal tournament, the under 15’s play in Ennis and the under 16 squad will be in New Inn, Co. Tipperary.

Clubs

As a hurling promotion on the All-Ireland Hurling Final weekend, Tralee Parnells  will host a hurling and camogie exhibition on Friday week, 5th September 5th, at 7:00p.m. at Caherslee G.A.A. Grounds. Families with an interest in hurling are invited to come along to watch the young Parnell’s players showcasing their skills. Further details from 087-0956743, Facebook or Twitter: @TParnells or by e-mail from pro.traleeparnells.kerry@gaa.ie .