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Kerry are Munster Minor Champions: 2015-07-05 15:31:00


Kerry are The Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Champions for the third year in a row after a convincing victory over Tipperary in Killarney this afternoon.
Munster Minor Football Final: Kerry V Tipperary
John Ivory

The Kerry minor footballers won their 44th Munster title with a six point win over Tipperary in Fitzgerald Stadium. Goals from Conor Geaney and Cormac Linnane proved crucial as Kerry ran out six point winners.
Kerry got off to a good start when Spa’s Michael Foley pointed after three minutes. This was cancelled out a minute later by Brendan Martin of Tipperary. However, this was to be the only time the sides would be level for the rest of the first half.
Foley was one again involved as he gave an accurate pass to the oncoming Seán O’Shea who made no mistake with the boot. Conor Geaney got in on the act, curling over a lovely score with his left.
Just before the tenth minute Kerry struck a crucial blow to the Tipperary cause. In a move that involved every member of the full-forward line, Foley took out two defenders with a looping hand-pass to Stephen O’Sullivan, who in turn found Geaney and the Dingle man slotted home with his right foot into the bottom corner.
To their credit, Tipperary responded with a well-taken point through Aidan Buckley his first of the half. That left four between the teams but when Tipperary wing-back Liam Fahy was cautioned for a tackle on O’Sullivan, Cormac Linnane converted the resulting free to stretch the lead back out to five.
Buckley pointed almost immediately for Tipperary but a ruthless Kerry inside forward line were primed to pounce just moments later. Kerry’s forwards were able to exploit a huge amount of space in the Tipperary half which they did to devastating effect for their second goal.
Wing back Gavin White started the move with a run up the left side of the field. He aimed a kick pass to Geaney who got inside his marker, found Linnane a clever hand pass who finished to the net emphatically.
Kerry defended tenaciously and as a team throughout the game and turned the men from the Premier County over on several occasions. Kerry’s disciplined defence led a Michael Foley point and when Jack Morgan pointed minutes later, Kerry were firmly in control, 2-06 to 0-03.
Tipperary would score three of the next four points with Alan Tynan (2) and Jack Kennedy reducing Kerry’s lead with Geaney providing the resistance. Seán O’Shea assume the role of free taker after Linnane departed with injury and his free on the stroke of half time left Kerry 2-08 to 0-06 in front.

Substitute Mark Kehoe cut the lead to seven after the restart but the industrious Gavin White replied for Kerry. A flowing move saw Kerry find substitute Bryan Sweeney in space and the Listowel man put his name on the score sheet with a well-taken point.
Further points from Stephen O’Sullivan and Geaney (f) had Kerry 2-12 to 0-07 ahead with just over ten minutes remaining. Jack Morgan was handling a lot of ball as he expertly fulfilled the role of sweeper and Kerry were strong in midfield.
A gutsy Tipperary side would mount a comeback of sorts in the closing minutes with scores from Kennedy, Martin and team captain, Danny Owens. Geaney stemmed the tide with his fourth of the afternoon for Kerry but a goal in the closing stages from Aidan Buckley left six between them.
Tipp pulled another back from a Tynan free but Conor Geaney would have the final say on proceedings with a point at the final whistle to make it a final score of 2-14 to 1-11.

Kerry now advance to the All-Ireland Quarter finals where they will play the losers of the Connaught final.

Scorers for Kerry: Conor Geaney 1-5 (0-1f), Cormac Linnane 1-1 (0-1f), Michael Foley, Sean O’Shea (0-1f) 0-2 each, Jack Morgan, Gavin White, Bryan Sweeney, Stephen O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Tipperary: Aidan Buckley 1-2, Alan Tynan 0-3 (0-2f), Jack Kennedy (0-1f), Brendan Martin 0-2 each, Danny Owens, Mark Kehoe 0-1 each.
1. Billy Courtney 2. Darren Brosnan 3. Jason Foley 4. Jack Morgan 5. Gavin White 6. Mike Breen 7. Daniel O’Brien 8. Mark O’Connor (Capt.) 9. Andrew Barry 10. Brian Ó Seanacháin 11. Cormac Linnane 12. Sean O’Shea 13. Stephen O'Sullivan 14. Michael Foley 15. Conor Geaney
Subs used: Bryan Sweeney for Linnane (inj) (29) Ronan Buckley for Ó Seanacháin (42) Dara O’Shea for Breen (50) Brandon Barrett for Sean O’Shea (55) Jack Goulding for O’Sullivan (55)
1 Charlie Manton 2 Tadhg Fitzgerald 3 Morgan Irwin 4 Tommy Lowry 5 Liam Fahy 6 Danny Owens (Capt.) 7 Jack Skeehan 8 Jack Kennedy 9 Tommy Nolan 10 Aidan Buckley 11 Brian McGrath 12 Emmett Moloney 13 Shane Power 14 Alan Tynan 15 Brendan Martin
Subs used: Gavin Whelan for Lowry (17) Jamie Bergin for Moloney (24) Mark Kehoe for Fahy (half-time) Ross Peters for Moloney (45) Jordan Moloney for Skehan (54)
Referee: Kevin Murphy (Cork)

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Kerry V Tipperary Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship Final

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Tipperary in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday shows two changes in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in the semi final. Andrew Barry comes in for the injured John Mark Foley at midfield and up front, Michael Foley replaces Bryan Sweeney who was an early injury victim against Cork. Sweeney is named among the substitutes.

The team, captained by Mark O’Connor, is as follows:

1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. Darren Brosnan Gneeveguilla
3. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4. Jack Morgan Austin Stacks
5. Gavin White Dr. Crokes
6. Mike Breen Beaufort
7. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
8. Mark O’Connor (Capt.) Dingle
9. Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
10. Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11. Cormac Linnane Beale
12. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
13. Stephen O'Sullivan Templenoe
14. Michael Foley Spa
15. Conor Geaney Dingle
Fir Ionaid
16. Eoghan O'Brien Churchill
17. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
18. Tom O'Sullivan Dingle
19. Dara O’Shea Kenmare
20. Ronan Buckley Listry
21. Graham O'Sullivan Dromid Pearses
22. Brandon Barrett Ardfert
23. Jack Goulding Ballyduff
24. Evan Cronin Spa

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel

John Mark Foley (Injured, Kilgarvan), Karl Mullins (Kerins O’Rahillys), Ferdia O’Brien (Austin Stacks), Michael Reidy (Ballymacelligott), Michael O’Donnell (Austin Stacks), David Shaw (Dr Crokes), Niall Collins (Listowel Emmets), Colin Griffin (Austin Stacks), Cian Ó Murchú (An Ghaeltacht), Sean Bambury (Dingle).

Bainisteoir: Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)
Roghnoirí: Micheal O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senans).
Treanalaí: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald.
Captain: Mark O’Connor (Dingle)
Kitman: Ger O’ Mahony,
Physio: Kieran O’Shea,
Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen

The Kerry team contains two of the side that defeated Donegal in the All Ireland Minor Final last year – Andrew Barry, last year’s centre back who has recovered from injury, and Mark O’Connor at midfield who also captains the side. Stephen O’Sullivan, who was introduced as a sub in all of Kerry’s games last year is named at corner forward while both Jason Foley and Jack Morgan, substitutes last year, are named in the full back line.

Kerry Minors Face Tipperary in Munster Decider
by John Ivory

The Kerry minor footballers will face off against Tipperary in the Munster final this Sunday as a curtain raiser to the clash of Kerry and Cork in the senior final.
The Kingdom are making their 4th consecutive appearance in the Munster minor final, seeking the counties 44th title, and third in a row.

Kerry and Tipperary have shared the last four Munster minor football titles between them with Kerry winning in 2013 and 2014, and Tipperary claiming the crown in 2011 and 2012.

After a facile victory over Clare at the quarter-final stage, followed by a gripping one point win over Cork in the semi-finals, the young men from the Kingdom now have Tipperary to overcome if they are to retain Kerry’s Munster crown of twelve months ago.

Kerry have one injury concern in the form of Kilgarvan’s John Mark Foley. However in some good news on the injury front, Listowel Emmett’s Bryan Sweeney and Spa’s Evan Cronin have both returned to training ahead of Sunday’s game.

Among those The Kingdom will be looking to Conor Geaney to lead the attack once again along with Stephen O’Sullivan and Cormac Linnane.

Both teams scored 0-16 in one point wins in their respective semi-final victories.

The winners of this game will go straight through to the All-Ireland quarter-finals to be played on the first weekend of August, where they will meet the runners-up from Connaught.
Defeat would not mean the end of the road for either side as the losers will go on to meet the Connaught champions.

Kevin Murphy of Cork will take charge of this game which throws-in at 12 noon on Sunday July 5th at Fitzgerald’s stadium.

Kerry Play Tipperary in Munster Minor Final

Kerry play Tipperary in the Electric Ireland Minor Football Final - a curtain raiser to the Senior Final - on Sunday next in Fitzgerald Stadium, a game that has a 12 noon throw-in time.

When these sides met in the final two years ago at the same venue, Tipperary, who had bucked the trend in Munster Minor Football circles, were going for their third title in a row having been victorious in 2011 and 2012 and were coming off an 8 games without defeat sequence of games . However, Kerry emerged victorious on a 0-15 to 0-10 scoreline with Jack Savage kicking 10 points of that total.

Last year, Kerry had a big 2-18 to 0-7 victory over a young Tipp side at Semple Stadium on their way to defeating Cork in the Final (2-17 to 2-13) and going on to claim their 12th title to lead the Minor Roll of Honour, one ahead of Dublin.
Kerry opened their campaign this year with victory over Clare by 0-14 to 0-3 at home in Austin Stack Park. They followed that with a heart-stopping 0-16 to 1-12 victory over Cork in the semi final with Conor Geaney top scoring on 6 points after Cork had fought their way back to force extra time.

Tipp on the other hand, had an emphatic 2-16 to 1-7 victory over Waterford in the opening round with Jack Kennedy getting 5 points and followed that with a 0-16 to 2-9 victory over Clare in Semple Stadium with Kennedy again helping himself to 5 points in a game where Tipp had to come from behind to win with a dramatic Brendan Martin point in injury time.

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