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AFL Division 1 CORK 3-17 KERRY 2-9 2015-03-08 20:07:00

Report Courtesy of GAA.ie

Cork returned to winning ways as a superior second-half performance eased them past Kerry at Páirc Uí Rinn this afternoon.

While only four points separated the sides after a goal-crazy first half, Cork lead by 3-7 to 2-6, the visitors could only manage three points in the second period as their challenge fizzled out, with Cork continuing to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

The game began at break-neck speed, with Colm O’Neill goaling for Cork inside two minutes after Fintan Goold’s shot had hit the post and then John O’Rourke notching another on seven.

That made it 2-1 to 0-2 and while Kieran Donaghy replied immediately for Kerry, Cork continued to hold the upper hand. O’Rourke got this second and Cork’s third goal on 17 to make it 3-4 to 1-2, but then Kerry took over at midfield.

An unanswered 1-3, the points from Barry John Keane while Tommy Walsh got the goal, had them right back in it but then a melee punctured their momentum and Cork settled again before half-time.

In the second period, Colm O’Neill continued to send frees over while Kerry struggled to make any kind of an impact.

With just over 20 minutes left, Cork’s lead was 3-13 to 2-8 and the game was safe.

Substitute Donncha O’Connor kicked four points in the closing stages as Cork augmented their lead.


Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill 1-6 (0-5f), J O’Rourke 2-0, D O’Connor 0-4 (0-1f), K O’Driscoll 0-3, B Hurley 0-2, C Dorman, C O’Driscoll 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: BJ Keane 0-5 (0-2f), K Donaghy, T Walsh 1-0 each, A Fitzgerald 0-2, S O’Brien, P Crowley 0-1 each.

CORK: K O’Halloran; Tom Clancy, S O’Donoghue, J Loughrey; J O’Sullivan, M Shields, Tomás Clancy; E Cadogan, F Goold; C O’Driscoll, J O’Rourke, K O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, M Collins, B Hurley. Subs: D O’Connor for O’Rourke (49), C Dorman for Tomás Clancy (52), P Kerrigan for C O’Driscoll (57), D Goulding for Hurley (62), J Hayes for O’Neill (62), N Galvin for Tom Clancy (65).

KERRY: B Kealy; P Kilkenny, M Griffin, F Fitzgerald; J Lyne, J Sherwood, P Murphy; A Maher, D Moran; M Geaney, B Sheehan, J Buckley; BJ Keane, K Donaghy, S O’Brien. Subs: K Young for Murphy (12, black card), T Walsh for Sheehan (20), P Crowley for Sherwood (20), A Fitzgerald for Maher (half-time), S Enright for Fitzgerald (41), P O’Donoghue for Moran (63).

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow)


Report: Denis Hurley

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Cork in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League in Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday shows one change in personnel from the side that started in the defeat of Dublin in Round 3; Barry John Keane is named at corner forward in place of Paul Geaney. Shane O’Callaghan comes back into the Panel after club championship duty with Austin Stacks.

The team, captained by Kieran Donaghy 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.      Anthony Maher                        Duagh

9.      David Moran                            Kerins O’Rahillys

10.  Michael Geaney                        Dingle

11.  Bryan Sheehan                         St Marys

12.  Johnny Buckley                        Dr Crokes

13.  Stephen O’Brien                       Kenmare

14.  Kieran Donaghy           (C)       Austin Stacks

15.  Barry John Keane                           Kerina O'Rahillys


16     Brian Kelly                              Killarney Legion

17     Tommy Walsh                         Kerins O’Rahillys

18.      Killian Young                         Renard

19.       Alan Fitzgerald                      Castlegregory

20.      Peter Crowley                         Laune Rangers

21.      Shane Enright                         Tarbert

22     Philip O’Connor                      Cordal

23.      Paul O’Donoghue                   St Marys

24      Padraig O’Connor                   Killarney Legion

25.  Kieran O’Leary                       Dr Crokes  

26.  Shane O'Callaghan                  Austin Stacks

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice  (Finuge) 

Traenálaí: Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare) 

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

Kerry Travel to Páirc Uí Rinn to take on Cork on Sunday next

And so Kerry head with confidence to Páirc Uí Rinn for the meeting of the old rivals on Sunday next in what will be the second of four League fixtures for the Kingdom during March. Cork had good wins in their opening games against Monaghan and Dublin but they failed to capitalise on numerical advantage against Donegal in Round 3 last weekend losing by a point. Cork are always a handful in the close confines of Pairc Uí Rinn and no doubt while Kerry will recall the trouncing dished out by Cork to the Kingdom in the League last April, Cork will have far more reason to put one over on their rivals following the last championship game played in the old Páirc Uí Chaoimh in July. All of which promises an enthralling game between age old rivals. Throw in is at 2pm.

Kerry’s injury woes are beginning to clear gradually. Brian Kelly, Peter Crowley, Shane Enright and Paul O’Donoghue are back in the match day squad, Darran O’Sullivan, Marc Ó Sé and Colm Cooper are back training, Donnchadh Walsh is recovering from a groin strain but James O’Donoghue is unlikely to see any League action as he continues his rehabbing from shoulder surgery.

Kerry finish their campaign with  two home games in Austin Stack Park against Donegal (15th) and Monaghan (29th) before finishing  with a trip to Tyrone on April 5th. The League semi finals will be played on the weekend of 11th/12th April.

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Sunday’s AFL Game is All Ticket affair

Patrons attending Sunday’s Cork V Kerry Allianz League game are reminded that the fixture is an all ticket affair.  There is a €5 pre-purchase discount (€10 pre-purchase and €15 on match day) for all Division 1 Allianz Football League fixtures. One key point to note is that this discount is only valid until midnight on the day before each fixture. Tickets will be available at all the usual outlets such as participating Centra and Supervalu stores nationwide, at tickets.ie, and from the Austin Stack Park and the Kerry GAA Store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

On the day, tickets can be purchase at the Ticket Booths and then proceed to the turnstiles.

A large crowd is expected and admission to the stand is on a first come first served basis