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Kerry into All Ireland Semi Final 2015-08-02 20:00:00

Kerry are through to their third All-Ireland Semi-final in a row after an impressive and ruthless 7-16 to 0-10 disposal of Kildare at Croke Park on Sunday.
By John Ivory


In seventeen devastating second half minutes Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men raided forward for six goals that shell-shocked Kildare and saw Kerry ease their way into the last four.
The game started evenly enough and apart from a James O’Donoghue point in the first twenty seconds, both defences were on top for the opening exchanges.
Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien would open his account for the afternoon after eight minutes with a well-taken score, before quickly adding to his personal tally a few moments later.
Dingle’s Paul Geaney got his name on the score-sheet to stretch Kerry’s lead to four point after twelve minutes.
Kerry got on top around midfield at this point, dominating Kildare’s kick outs and it took the Lilywhites until the seventeenth minute to register a score through the boot of Niall Kelly.
An O’Donoghue free restored Kerry’s lead to four before two Kildare points on the trot from Alan Smith and Kelly had the scoreboard reading, Kerry 0-5, Kildare 0-3 with twenty minutes gone.
Kildare would not score again until the 37th minutes of the game as Kerry reeled off five unanswered points before the break.
Kenmare’s Stephen O’Brien was responsible for two of these points – bringing his personal tally for the half to four points, all of which were from play.
Colm Cooper – who started ahead of the injured Kieran Donaghy – struck over his first point of the afternoon after twenty-three minutes. O’Donoghue got his third and Geaney his second to leave the half-time score, Kerry 0-10, Kildare 0-3.
The second half started evenly again and when Alan Smith knocked over his second point of the game on thirty-seven minutes, there was just six separating the teams.
This was as good is it got for Kildare, and it was about to get quite bad. A high ball into the Kildare square found its’ way to Donnchadh Walsh and after his initial shot was blocked, he toe-poked the ball to the net, putting Kerry nine ahead in the process.
The goal sparked a very ‘mini-revival from Kildare as points from Pádraig O’Neill and Eoin Doyle cut the deficit once more 1-10 to 0-06.
However, Kerry would now go on to score 5-2 without reply between the 44th and 58th minute.
Darran O’Sullivan’s introduction early in the second half proved crucial as his run at the heart of the Kildare defence allowed him to set up Cooper for a palmed goal to the net.
Moments later O’Sullivan blasted a shot over the bar and in the following attack, a move almost identical to its predecessor, O’Sullivan found the net with a rasping shot.
Kerry’s defence cannot go unmentioned as they held some dangerous forwards very well and it was a superb block down by wing-back, Jonathan Lyne that set the move for Kerry’s third goal in motion.
Cooper – playing in Croke Park for the first time since 2013 – found O’Sullivan yet again with a pass over his shoulder and the Glenbeigh/Glencar man made no mistake putting Kerry 3-11 to 0-6 in front.
The Kingdom didn’t slow up at that and Cooper was once again the orchestrator in chief, location Walsh with a beautiful lob pass, who in turn found substitute Barry John Keane who finished soccer-style to the net.
Next up was Cooper for his second green flag, catching a long high-ball in from Maher that Kieran Donaghy would be proud of, and the Dr Crokes man coolly dispatched the ball to Mark Donnellan’s net.
Stephen O’Brien and Darran O’Sullivan rounded off the goal scoring on a day when Kildare’s defence just couldn’t handle Kerry’s cohesive and potent attack.
Late Kildare points from Eoghan O’Flaherty, Ollie Lyons, O’Neill and substitute, Fionn Dowling could do little to salvage pride for the Lilywhites.
Points from Cooper (0-2,f) and three from Barry John Keane finished off Kerry’s scoring on a day when things went right for them. The substitutes really added to the performance and the Kingdom will now face Monaghan or Tyrone in the Semis.
Scorers for Kerry: Colm Cooper 2-3 (1f), Darran O’Sullivan 2-1, Stephen O’Brien 1-4, Barry John Keane 1-3, Donnchadh Walsh 1-0, James O’Donoghue 0-3 (1f), Paul Geaney 0-2.
Scorers for Kildare: Niall Kelly, Alan Smith, Pádraig O’Neill 0-2 each, Eoin Doyle, Eoghan O’Flaherty, Ollie Lyons, Fionn Dowling 0-1 each.
Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, S Enright; J Lyne, K Young, Paul Murphy; A Maher, D Moran; D Walsh, B Sheehan, S O’Brien; P Geaney, C Cooper, J O’Donoghue.
Subs 19. Barry John Keane for O’Donoghue (31) 24. Darran O’Sullivan for Geaney (42) 21. Peter Crowley for M Ó Sé (50) 23. Paul Galvin for Walsh (54) 18. Johnny Buckley for Sheehan (55) 25. Tommy Walsh for Maher (60)

Kildare: Mark Donnellan; Ciaran Fitzpatrick, Mick O'Grady, Ollie Lyons; Kevin Murnaghan, Eoin Doyle, Emmet Bolton; Tommy Moolick, Paul Cribbin; Eoghan O Flaherty, Niall Kelly, Padraig O Neill; Eamonn Callaghan, Alan Smith, Cathal McNally.
Kildare subs: 17. Peter Kelly for Callaghan (43) 19. Fergal Conway for Murnaghan (51) 26. Pádraig Fogarty for Kelly (54) 24. Mark Sherry for McNally (57) 25. Fionn Dowling for Moolick (62) 20. Gary White for Bolton (67)
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On the day that Colm Cooper notched up his 80th Championship appearance scoring 2-3 Kerry qualified for their third semi final in a row.
The Kingdom outscored Kildare 7-16 to 0-10 to advance to the Semi Final.

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Kerry Senior Football Team V Kildare All Ireland Quarter Final

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Kildare in the All Ireland Quarter Final in Croke Park on Sunday next at 2pm shows one change in personnel from the side that lined out against Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final Replay in Killarney.
Stephen O’Brien, introduced in the Munster Final, is named in the half forward line in place of Johnny Buckley.
The team, captained by Kieran Donaghy is as follows:
1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
3. Aidan O’Mahony Rathm
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
6. Killian Young Renard
7. Paul Murphy Rathmore
8. Anthony Maher Duagh
9. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
10. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
11. Bryan Sheehan St Marys
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Paul Geaney Dingle
14. Kieran Donaghy (C) Austin Stacks
15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion
Fir Ionaid
16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
17. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
18. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
19. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
20. Michael Geaney Dingle
21. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
22. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
23. Paul Galvin Finuge
24. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
25. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys
26. Jack Sherwood Firies

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare)

Additional Information:
Additional Squad Members
Mark Griffin St Michaels-Foilmore
Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar
Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory
Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
Philip O’Connor Cordal
Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes (Recovering from an Achilles Tendon Injury)

Substitutes Bench - The Kerry substitutes bench contains four players who started against Donegal in last year’s All Ireland Final – Brian Kelly, Fionn Fitzgerald, Peter Crowley and Johnny Buckley. Two more, Michael Geaney and Barry John Keane, were introduced as substitutes during that final.
Quarter Finals
Kerry:
Kerry have played in 14 consecutive All Ireland Quarter Finals since their introduction in 2001. They have won 12, losing to Down in 2010 and Donegal in 2012 and were taken to a Replay by Dublin in their first Quarter final.
Kerry have played 10 different counties in those 14 years, playing Dublin 4 times (including 1 Replay) and Galway 3 times. Roscommon, Mayo, Armagh, Monaghan, Down, Limerick, Donegal and Cavan complete the opposition.
Kildare:
Kildare appeared in their first Quarter Final in 2008 and 5 in a row between 2008 and 2012. Their victory over Meath in 2010 is their only victory to date, losing to Cork (twice), Tyrone and Donegal.
Kerry and Kildare
Their last meeting: Kerry and Kildare last met in the Championship in Round 4 of the Qualifiers on 27th July 2002 in Semple Stadium. The Score was 2-10 to 1-5 in favour of a Kerry side who had Paidí Ó Sé in charge (with John O’Keeffe, John O’Dwyer, Eddie O’Sullivan and Eamonn Walsh) against a Kildare outfit managed by former Kingdom supremo Mick O’Dwyer. Marc Ó Sé played corner back that day in his debut season and another link with that team is Eamonn Fitzmaurice who was centre back on that evening. Current Selector, Diarmuid Murphy was sub goalkeeper. Damien Hendy, then playing his Club Football with Currow, was centre back on the Kildare team.

Kerry face Kildare in All Ireland Quarter Final

Fore warned is fore armed they say and so it is with Kerry as they head to Croke Park on Sunday to take on Kildare in the All Ireland Quarter final (throw-in 2pm). Prior to the final game of the Group 4 Qualifiers, all the talk was of a Cork victory over the Lilywhites that would set up a mouth-watering quarter final tie between Dublin and Cork. Kildare had not read the script however and produced a power-packed performance to stun the Rebels with an 8 points victory that did not all-together reflect their superiority all over the pitch.

And so, as Dublin had already met Kildare in the Leinster Championship, it is Kerry and Kildare who have the top billing in Croke Park with Dublin taking on Fermanagh in the other quarter final.

Kerry are on a hiding to nothing on Sunday against a side with nothing to lose. The Leinster side, having disposed of Laois after a replay, shipped a nineteen points defeat at the hands of Dublin in the Leinster championship before rehabilitating themselves with Qualifier victories over Offaly, Longford and Cork. They kicked some big scores in the process and that in itself is unusual for Kildare teams. No doubt, that victory last weekend will have brought them on in leaps and bounds and their confidence will be sky high.

Kerry have yet to fire on all cylinders in the championship this year and they will certainly look back with mixed feelings on their two performances against Cork. Fortunate the first day to earn a reprieve, Kerry struggled in the second half of the replay to put the Cork challenge away given that the Rebels posed little or no threat up front for the final third of the game. Still, Kerry’s graph is going in the right direction but they would be foolhardy to underestimate the threat posed by the resurgent Lilywhites on Sunday.

The fierce competition for places on the team is certainly something that will please Eamonn Fitzmaurice and at this point in time it remains to be seen if some players have played themselves back on the team when the Finuge man releases his starting fifteen on Thursday evening. This could be one of the games of the Championship and Kerry will certainly have to bring their “A” game to the table on Sunday to set up a semi final meeting with one from the Monaghan/Tyrone/Sligo Quarter Final on August 23rd.

The Kerry team will be announced on Thursday night and will be posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 9pm.

Kerry GAA Supporters Bus
Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take buses to Dublin on Sunday next for the All Ireland Quarter Final meeting with Kildare. Buses depart Farranfore at 6:30, Tralee at 7:00 and Listowel at 7:20. Please contact Donal O'Leary 064 7758099, John King 066 7124229 or Martin Leane 087 2452901.
All seats must be booked not later than Thursday 30th July.
The Dates, Times and venues for Kerry's Minor and Senior All Ireland Championship Quarter Finals have been confirmed by Croke Park 

Senior 
Kerry play Kildare in Croke Park on Sunday next at 2pm followed by Dublin V Fermanagh at 4pm. 
The Kerry Senior Team will be announced on Thursday and posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 9pm. 

Minor 
Kerry play Sligo in the Minor Quarter Final and that game is fixed for O'Connor Park, Tullamore on Monday next  August 3rd at 2pm as part of a double header with the Galway V Tipperary Quarter Final.