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Munster Junior Semi-Final 2015: Kerry 2-13 Tipperary 1-8 2015-06-14 22:04:00

Munster Junior Semi-Final: Kerry 2-13 Tipperary 1-8

The Kerry Juniors got over an imposing first hurdle against Tipperary to book a spot against Cork in the Munster Final, but they had to work hard before taking over the second half and racking up a convincing scoreline. By the end of the day, Kerry would have scored 2-11 from play and conceded just 1-2 from play…but it took a long time and a lot of effort for that scenario to unfold.

With James Walsh and Liam Kearney gathering everything in midfield any time that Tipperary were forced to go long, Kerry dominated early possession but a slight tendency to over-carry and some poor decision-making by hard-working forwards meant that the scores didn’t flow freely. In fact, Tipperary drew first blood as Martin Dunne pointed right from the throw-in, but that was as good as it got for them in the first twenty minutes, with Jack McGuire outstanding for Kerry at full back. Meanwhile, impressive linkman Jeff O’Donoghue opened Kerry’s account and Conor Cox put them in front. Alan O’Donoghue, an energetic tornado all through, cut across the end-line and hand-passed across to Thomas Hickey, but Gearoid Slattery denied him with a great save. Jeff O’Donoghue picked off Kerry’s third point and then hit an exquisite pass to Thomas Hickey, who confidently rattled the Tipperary net. 1-3 to 0-1, and Kerry in control.

Ger Hally almost had a Tipperary goal at the other end, but Jack McGuire did well to smother his close-range attempt. Tipperary did pick off two points, frees by Kevin Fox and Dean Lonergan, before the game was interrupted by a bad clash of heads between Tadhg Morley and Alan O’Riordan, neither of whom could resume play.
When play restarted, attacking wingback Ger Hally won a Tipperary free converted by Dean McEnroe, with Alan O’Donogue retaliating at the other end. Before the close of a long injury time, Philip O’Connor made a great block to deny McEnroe a goal, with Dean Lonergan sweeping over the resultant ’45.
Half-time Kerry 1-4 Tipperary 0-5
Tipperary made a good start to the second half, with Tommy Sweeney denied by a great block from Eamon Kiely but Kerry helpless to avert a great goal by Dean McEnroe. That put Tipperary in front, but it also stung Kerry into a swift and overwhelming response. Alan O’Donoghue picked off a great point and more followed in quick succession from Jeff O’Donoghue, Thomas Hickey, Conor Cox, and James Walsh. Aldo Matassa interrupted the scoring spree but his point was answered by a great Kerry move that ended up with Dan O’Donoghue rattling the net to put Kerry six points clear. A great pass by Alan O’Donoghue saw namesake Jeff fire over. Kevin Fox pointed a free but again retaliation was swift, with Alan O’Donoghue, Thomas Hickey, and Liam Carey making Kerry’s lead unassailable. A goal chance by Kevin Fox summed up Tipperary’s day when it went over instead of under the bar, but Kerry’s second half display had put the game to bed long before then.

Kerry: Shane Murphy, Dan O’Donoghue (1-0), Jack McGuire, Gavin Crowley, Greg Gibson, Brendan O’Sullivan, Tadhg Morley, James Walsh (0-1), Liam Kearney, Philip O’Connor, Jeff O’Donoghue (0-4), Denis Daly, Alan O’Donoghue (0-3), Conor Cox (0-2), Thomas Hickey (1-2, 2f).
Subs Eamon Kiely (for Tadhg Morley, 28 mins), Michael Brennan (for Greg Gibson, 36 mins), Liam Carey 0-1 (for Denis Daly, 45 mins), Adam Barry (for Conor Cox, 48 mins), Gary O’Sullivan (for Jeff O’Donoghue, 56 mins), David Griffin (for Brendan O’Sullivan, 58 mins)

Tipperary: Gearoid Slattery, Jimmy Feehan, Daragh Kearney, Donal Lynch, Kevin Fahey, Luke Boland, Ger Hally, Aldo Matassa (0-1), Martin Dunne (0-1), Shane Leahy, Alan O’Riordan, Donagh Leahy, Dean McEnroe (1-1, 1f), Dean Lonergan (0-2, 1f, 1’45), Kevin Fox (0-3, 2f).
Subs Tommy Sweeney (for Alan O’Riordan, 28 mins), Gerry Cronin (for Martin Dunne, 46 mins), Niall Gleeson (for Shane Leahy, 49 mins), Mark Russell (for Aldo Matassa, 55 mins), Dominic Walsh (for Donagh Leahy, 59 mins)
Referee: Michael Collins (Cork).