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AFL Round 2 Kerry 1-17 Derry 0-13 2015-02-08 18:01:00


Allianz Football League Round 2

Kerry 1-17 Derry 0-13

Following on from their disappointing first outing at home to Mayo last weekend, Kerry gained two valuable points on the road against Derry on their first visit to  Celtic Park today after a much improved performance. From the moment they took a two points lead inside the opening 52 seconds, Kerry put in a very workmanlike performance with Bryan Sheehan and Paul Geaney, who scored 1-12 between them, ensuring that the scoreboard was kept ticking over.

Paul Geaney and Stephen O’Brien got those early scores to put Kerry on their way and while Kevin Johnson and Mark Lynch soon had the sides on level terms, Bryan Sheehan pointed twice to put Kerry 4-2 clear by the 13th minute. Daniel Hebron and Barry John Keane exchanged points and Kerry led by 5 points to 3 at the three quarter stage. Derry upped the tempo as the half wore on and a good score from centre back Gerard O’Kane and another from Mark Lynch had the sides level three minutes later. Sheehan pointed two frees before Jack Sherwood, after a terrific run, put Kerry three to the good by the 23rd minute and the sides shared four points before the break with the impressive Barry John Keane and Stephen O’Brien leaving Kerry 10 points to 7 ahead at the break.

Derry sub, Eoin Bradley pointed two frees in quick succession soon after the restart but Bryan Sheehan, with a great kick from over 45yards and two points, one from either foot by Paul Geaney, saw Kerry lead by 13 points to 9 twelve minutes into the new half. By now Anthony Maher had joined the fray for Tommy Walsh as Derry were not for giving in and points from Ciaran McFaul and Bradley again cut the deficit to just two points, 13 to 11 with 15 to go.

By now Derry had been reduced to 14 men following a straight red for Mark Lynch and Eamonn Fitzmaurice introduced Donnchadh Walsh and Killian Young for Mikey Geaney and Pa Kilkenny as a great pointed free from Bryan Sheehan from 55 yards put Kerry three clear. Ten minutes from time Kerry had the insurance score when quick work by Stephen O’Brien and Johnny Buckley following a poor clearance by Niall Holly set up Paul Geaney for the goal the would secure the spoils for the visitors. Kerry were now six clear but Derry responded with two quick points as Fionn Fitzgerald was Black carded and replaced by Podge O’Connor. However, Paul Geaney had two points one either side of a Bryan Sheehan free to round off the scoring and give Kerry a deserved victory much to the delight of the sizeable Kerry attendance

Scorers: Kerry: Paul Geaney 1-5, Bryan Sheehan 0-7 (6fr), Stephen O’Brien and Barry John Keane (1fr) 0-2 each, Jack Sherwood 0-1.

There is a break in fixtures before Round 3 on March 1st when Dublin are visitors to Fitzgerald Stadium and that is the first of four fixtures in March when Kerry are also away to Cork on the 8th, and then home in Austin Stack Park on successive Sundays to Donegal and Monaghan before finishing their campaign with a trip to Tyrone on April 5th.

Kerry head to Celtic Park in Derry for Round 2 of the Allianz League on Sunday next (2pm)  with a growing injury list, against a side who also lost their opening game of the League – to Donegal (1-15 to 0-12). While Kerry and the Oak Leaf County have met regularly at the playoff stages at Dublin venues, they have only travelled North on five occasions and have never played in Celtic Park which has been revamped in recent years. It would be nice to make the long journey worthwhile by coming away with two AFL points.

Kerry Senior Football Team V Derry

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Derry in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League in Celtic Park, Derry on Sunday shows one change in personnel from the side that started against Mayo in Round 1 - Tommy Walsh makes his first start in the Kerry colours since the All Ireland Final of 2009 partnering his club colleague David Murphy in midfield.  Kieran O’Leary drops to the subs bench with Anthony Maher, Killian Young and Donnchadh Walsh also returning to the panel.

The team, captained by David Moran is as follows:

1.      Brendan Kealy                       Kilcummin

2.      Pa Kilkenny                            Glenbeigh/Glencar

3.      Mark Griffin                           St Michaels/Foilmore           

4.      Fionn Fitzgerald                     Dr Crokes

5.      Jonathan Lyne                                   Killarney Legion

6.      Jack Sherwood                       Firies  

7.      Paul Murphy                          Rathmore

8.      David Moran  (C)                    Kerins O’Rahillys

9.      Tommy Walsh                                    Kerins O’Rahillys

10.  Michael Geaney                     Dingle

11.  Bryan Sheehan                      St Marys

12.  Johnny Buckley                      Dr Crokes

13.  Stephen O’Brien                    Kenmare

14.  Paul Geaney                           Dingle

15.  Barry John Keane                  Kerins O’Rahillys

Fir Ionaid:

16.  Shane Murphy                       Kilcummin

17.  Kieran O’Leary                       Dr Crokes

18.  Philip O’Connor                     Cordal

19.  Alan Fitzgerald                       Castlegregory

20.  Jack McGuire                          Listowel Emmets       

21.  Shane Enright                                    Tarbert

22.  Anthony Maher                     Duagh

23.  Killian Young                          Renard

24.  Donnchadh Walsh                 Cromane        

25.  Padraig  O’Connor                 Killarney Legion

26.  Thomas Hickey                       Desmonds

27.  DaithI Casey                           Dr Crokes

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice  (Finuge)

Traenálaí: Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare)

Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks).

Additional Information:

Tommy Walsh

Made his League debut V Limerick in 2007, having been a Minor in 2005 and 06, played U21 for 3 years 2007 to 2009. Made his Champ debut V Clare in 2008 and scored 4-23 in 16 senior Champ appearances. Holder of an All Ireland medal following victory over Cork in 2009 a game in which in kicked 4 points from distance from play, 2 with right and two with the left! Has been in Australia playing AFL since then.

Jack Sherwood  

Made League Debut V Donegal in 2013 and Champ debut in semi final V Dublin same year

A Run thru the subs:

Shane Murphy – U21 Keeper since 2013

Padraig “Podge” O’Connor – Made AFL debut V Dublin  in 2010, Played Minor in 2009 and U21 in 2009 and 2010.

Thomas Hickey – Kerry Minor 2010 and 2011, Kerry U21 in 2014

Philip O’Connor – Played Kerry Junior in 2013 – When he came on as a sub against Mayo in Round 1 he was  the first Cordal man to play senior for Kerry since the great Tim “Tiger” Lyons who won 2 All Irelands with Kerry in 1959 and 1962.

Alan Fitzgerald Member of last year’s extended panel but injury hampered his progress last year, has played U21 and Junior for Kerry and came on as a sub in last year’s AFL against Dublin.

Daithí Casey – Made his League debut against Mayo as far back as 2011, Holder of 4 Co Champ medals with Dr. Crokes

 

The Lynes of Cleeney  - A link with today’s game

The Lynes of Cleeney, within earshot of the Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, are a very well known footballing family who played their Club Football with Killarney Legion. Denny, Jackie and Fr Mickey all won All Irelands with Kerry at senior level – and Denny captained Kerry in the Polo Grounds final in ’47, a game in which Jackie also played. Jackie went on to train Kerry to 2 All Ireland titles in ’69 and ’70. Their sister, Maura, married Tom Spillane and was of course mother of Pat, Mick and Tom of Kerry Golden Years fame - Today’s No. 5 Jonathan Lyne is a grandson of Denny Lyne.

Check Tables after Round 2 here

There is a break in fixtures before Round 3 on March 1st when Dublin are visitors to Fitzgerald Stadium and that is the first of four fixtures in March when Kerry are also away to Cork on the 8th, and then home in Austin Stack Park on successive Sundays to Donegal and Monaghan before finishing their campaign with a trip to Tyrone on April 5th.