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Kerry defeat Donegal in Tralee 2015-03-15 16:50:00

Kerry defeated Donegal today in Austin Stack Park Tralee on a score line of  2-13 to 2-11

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Thanks to gaa.ie for report



(Report Courtesy of GAA.ie)

Kerry did enough to see off Donegal in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final at Austin Stack Park on Sunday.

Second-half goals by Barry John Keane and David Moran, from a penalty, proved crucial, while six first-half points by Bryan Sheehan were also vital.

Donegal had stayed in touch throughout thanks to Ryan McHugh’s early goal, but the Tir Chonaill men just weren’t economical enough when it came to the crunch, with Michael Murphy’s late penalty scant consolation.

They had their noses in front thanks to a whirlwind start to the second half that yielded scores from Patrick McBrearty, Colm McFadden and Murphy, but they were rocked back on their heels when Kerry netted in the 45th minute.

Paul Geaney robbed Neil McGee of possession after the Donegal full-back’s superb winning of the ball initially. Geaney invitingly lifted the ball across goal for Keane to palm to the net.

It was anyone’s game until Kerry grabbed goal number two five minutes from time. Eamon McGee was penalised for a foul on Paul O’Donoghue after a Kerry attempt came back off the upright.

Midfielder Moran, who was excellent, converted the penalty. Donegal tried to rally, but an early spate of spurned chances meant that Murphy’s goal, also from a penalty, was a footnote in the tale.

Sheehan popped over two early points, but Donegal were back on level terms thanks to McBrearty and a 48m free by Murphy. The Ulster champions bagged a goal on a quick-fire counter attack in the 11th minute. Hugh McFadden’s long ball was fetched by Murphy, who off-loaded to the rampaging Martin O’Reilly.

With Ryan McHugh bursting into space, O’Reilly transferred and the Kilcar man, the 2014 Young Player of the Year, tucked a superb finish beyond Brendan Kealy.

It was Kerry who responded better with four in a row in a four-minute spell from Paul Murphy, Keane, Moran and Sheehan.

The effortless, breath-taking kicking of Sheehan was worth the admission alone at times. Sheehan took his first-half tally to six points and opened up a three-point lead, but his half-time withdrawal blunted the Kingdom sword.

By the time they came up for air at the break, Murphy and Martin McElhinney pulled Donegal to within a point and, with the pot simmering, Rory Hickey called a halt as the participants got acquainted heading in the tunnel.

When Donegal burst out with three points in the opening four minutes of part two it set the tone for a riveting second half, but ultimately it was the Kingdom who prevailed.​


Scorers for Kerry: B Sheehan 0-6 (3f, 1 ’45'), BJ Keane 1-1, D Moran 1-1 (1-0pen), J Buckley 0-1, P Murphy 0-1, P Geaney 0-1, S O’Brien 0-1, A Fitzgerald 0-1.

Scorers for Donegal: M Murphy 1-3 (1-0 pen, 2f, 1 ’45'), P McBrearty 0-4, R McHugh 1-0, M McElhinney 0-1, H McFadden 0-1, N Gallagher 0-1, C McFadden 0-1

KERRY: B Kealy; P Kilkenny, M Griffin, P Murphy; J Lyne, P Crowley, K Young; A Maher, D Moran; S O’Brien, B Sheehan, J Buckley; P Geaney, K Donaghy, BJ Keane. Subs: A Fitzgerald for Sheehan (h-t), S Enright for Kilkenny (48), T Walsh for Geaney (55), P O’Donoghue for Keane (62), F Fitzgerald for Crowley (66), K O’Leary for Buckley (68)

DONEGAL: P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, E McGee; E Doherty, K Lacey, M McHugh; N Gallagher, C Toye; M O’Reilly, M McElhinney, R McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, H McFadden. Subs: C McFadden for McElhinney (h-t), A Thompson for Doherty (56), McElhinney for H.McFadden (62), E McHugh for O’Reilly (66), G McFadden for M.McHugh (70), D McLaughlin for Toye (70).

Referee: R Hickey (Clare)

Attendance: 6,250


Report: Chris McNulty

Kerry Team V Donegal Announced

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Donegal  in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League in Austin Stack Park on Sunday shows three changes in personnel and a number of positional changes from the side that started in the defeat by Cork in Round 4;

In defence, Peter Crowley and Killian Young both come into the half back line with Paul Murphy moving to the corner, Fionn Fitzgerald and Jack Sherwood are the players to lose out.

Up front, Paul Geaney comes back into the side after injury in place of his cousin Michael Geaney who loses out due to a back strain.
Daithí Casey joins the match day squad in place of Shane O’Callaghan,

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.    Paul Murphy                 Rathmore

5.    Jonathan Lyne                          Killarney Legion

6.    Peter Crowley              Laune Rangers

7.    Killian Young                Renard

8.    Anthony Maher                        Duagh

9.    David Moran                Kerins O’Rahillys

10.  Stephen O’Brien                      Kenmare

11.  Bryan Sheehan                        St Marys

12.  Johnny Buckley                       Dr Crokes

13.  Paul Geaney                            Dingle

14.  Kieran Donaghy          (C)       Austin Stacks

15.  Barry John Keane                    Kerins O’Rahillys

Fir Ionaid:

16.  Brian Kelly                              Killarney Legion

17.  Jack Sherwood                       Firies

18.  Fionn Fitzgerald                       Dr Crokes 

19.  Tommy Walsh                         Kerins O’Rahillys

20.  Alan Fitzgerald                        Castlegregory

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.  Daithí Casey                            Dr Crokes


Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice  (Finuge) 

Traenálaí: Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare) 

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


Two sides who will want to forget Round 4 of the Allianz Football League in a hurry, meet at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday when last September’s All Ireland finalists go head to head for the first time since Kerry’s 37th All Ireland victory. Kerry of course will want to bounce back from that heavy defeat to old rivals Cork and a win on Sunday would leave Kerry with a fighting chance of making the semi finals. Donegal on the other hand come off a defeat to Monaghan last time out, a game in which they scored just 1-4, while at the same time they will be trying valiantly to get some morsel of revenge for their championship defeat at the hands of their hosts last Autumn.

With players such as Marc Ó Sé, Darran O’Sullivan and Colm Cooper all working their way back from injury, and Paul Galvin re-joining the panel, it will be interesting to see will Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his Management team be tempted to test the physical wellbeing of those players.Time no doubt will tell.

This is the third of four League fixtures in March for the Kingdom; Kerry play Monaghan in Austin Stack Park (29th) before finishing their campaign with a trip to Tyrone on April 5th.

Sunday’s game has a 2pm throw in.

Allianz Football League Division 1 Table 2015 Click here

Sunday’s AFL Game is All Ticket

Patrons attending Sunday’s Kerry v Donegal Allianz League game in Austin Stack Park 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, Austin Stack Park and the Kerry GAA Store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

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