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AFL Round 1: Kerry 0-14 Dublin 2-14 2016-01-30 22:22:00

Allianz Football League Round 1
Kerry 0-14 Dublin 2-14

Dublin opened their Allianz League campaign with an emphatic victory over Kerry at Croke Park in front of an attendance of 30,000 tonight. Dublin were on the front foot from the start and Kerry did well to recover to be on level terms at the break on 7 points each but the homeside had passed up a number of gilt edged goal scoring chances particularly in the first quarter.

It was a different story in the second half however as Dublin converted their dominance into scores and an early goal from Paddy Andrews and another form the penalty spot by Diarmuid Connolly had Dublin in the driving seat. Indeed the winners could afford the luxury of hitting the crossbar twice in that half as Kerry struggled to stay the pace.

Both sides lined out as selected and Dublin were two up inside two minutes courtesy of Rock and Andrews and they added another before Stephen O’Brien opened Kerry’s account in the 11th minute. Dean Rock pointed two frees for the Dubs and Brendan Kealy made a few good saves before Johnny Buckley and Darran O’Sullivan cut the deficit to two points by the 24th minute. Paddy Andrews replied for Dublin but Kerry were then seen at their best as Donnchadh Walsh and Barry John Keane (2 frees) levelled up the game. Tomás Brady and David Moran swapped points but Kerry were fortunate enough to be on level terms at the break, 0-7 each.
Andrews and Tommy Walsh swapped points on the resumption but Kerry then lost Mark Griffin through injury and his absence was felt when Paddy Andrews goaled six minutes in to put Dublin 1-9 to 0-8 ahead. Barry John pointed a free but then Donnchadh Walsh was Black Carded, and after Dean Rock and Paddy Andrews had minors Diarmuid Connolly had Dublin’s second goal, this time from the penalty spot to put the winners 2-11 to 0-9 clear. Kerry did plough away and added points from a Barry John free and two good scores from play by Darren O’Sullivan and another from League debutant Brendan O’Sullivan but they never looked like getting the goal that their challenge needed and their misery was confounded when Shane Enright received a Black Card nearing the end.

Kerry play Roscommon in Round 2 on Sunday next in Fitzgerald Stadium while Dublin travel to Castlebar to take on Mayo.

Scorers for Kerry: Barry John Keane 0-4 (4f), Darren O’Sullivan 0-3, David Moran 0-2 (1f), Johnny Buckley, Stephen O’Brien, Brendan O’Sulliavn, Donnchadh Walsh, Tommy Walsh 0-1 each
Scorers for Dublin: P Andrews 1-4, D Rock 0-7 (3f), 1-0 D Connolly (1-0 pen), T Brady, C Costello and P Mannion 0-1 each

Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Brian Ó Beaglaoich; Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Paul Murphy, Killian Young, Fionn Fitzgerald; David Moran, Johnny Buckley; Stephen O’Brien, Darran O’Sullivan, Donnchadh Walsh; Barry John Keane, Tommy Walsh, Philip O’Connor. Subs: Pa Kilkenny for Griffin (Inj,40); Jonathan Lyne for D Walsh (45 BC); Brendan O’Sullivan for Buckley (52); Padraig O’Connor for Fitzgerald (52); Gavin O’Grady for Keane (56); C Cox for T Walsh (64).
Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; Jonny Cooper, Michael Fitzsimons, David Byrne; James McCarthy, John Small, Davy Byrne; Cian O’Sullivan, Denis Bastick; Tomás Brady, Diarmuid Connolly, Ciarán Kilkenny; Paddy Andrews, Dean Rock, Paul Mannion. Subs: Jack McCaffrey for Davy Byrne (40); Emmet Ó Conghaile for Bastick (48); Cormac Costello for Brady (52); Ciaran Reddin for Kilkenny (56); Darren Daly for O’Sullivan (61); Con O’Callaghan for Mannion (67).
Check out some photos from the game here

Kerry Senior Football Team V Dublin
The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Dublin in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League in Croke Park on Saturday evening is a much changed side from that which did duty on All Ireland Final day 4 months ago.
Just 8 of that September side are named in the starting fifteen this time round while 3 more, Paul Murphy, Darran O’Sullivan and Barry John Keane were introduced as substitutes in that encounter.
Brian Ó Beaglaoich of An Ghaeltacht, who won an All Ireland Minor medal in 2014, makes his League debut at corner back while Philip O’Connor gets his first League start having been introduced as a sub in a number of League games last season.

The team, captained by Killian Young is as follows:
1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
2. Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Paul Murphy Rathmore
6. Killian Young (C) Renard
7. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
8. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
9. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
10. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
11. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
14. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys
15. Philip O’Connor Cordal
Fir Ionaid:
16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
17. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
18. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
19. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar
20. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
21. Jamie O’Sullivan Killarney Legion
22. Gavin O’Grady Glenbeigh-Glencar
23. Paul O’Sullivan Valentia
24. Marcus Mangan Milltown-Castlemaine
25. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
26. Conor Cox Listowel Emmets

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).
Additional Information:
Brian Ó Beaglaioch (An Ghaeltacht) - is making his League debut having played in the McGrath Cup earlier in the month. Brian won an All Ireland Minor medal with Kerry in 2014 in the full back position and has 2 Hogan Cup (2014 & 2015) and 3 Munster Colleges Corn Uí Mhuirí medals being joint Captain with Mark O’Connor for Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne last year.

Philip O’Connor (Cordal) – Making his full League debut. When he came on as a sub against Mayo in Round 1 of the AFL last year he was the first Cordal man to play senior for Kerry since the great Tim “Tiger” Lyons who won 2 All Irelands with Kerry in 1959 and 1962. Philip won an All Ireland Junior Medal with Kerry in 2015.

Tommy Walsh (Kerins O’Rahillys) – One of 3 O’Rahillys players on the team, made his League debut V Limerick in 2007, having been a Minor in 2005 and 06, played U21 for 3 years 2007 to 2009. He has made 17 League appearances scoring 3-9. Tommy made his Champ debut V Clare in 2008 and scored 4-23 in 18 senior Champ appearances. Holder of All Ireland medals following victories over Cork in 2007 and 2009 a game in which he kicked 4 points from distance from play, 2 with right and two with the left!

Kerry and Dublin renew League rivalry
Kerry and Dublin renew an 86 year rivalry in the Allianz Football League when they come head to head in the opening round of the 2016 league at Croke Park on this Saturday evening (7pm) with Eddie Kinsella of Laois the man in the middle. Kerry supporters need little reminding that Dublin are the reigning All Ireland Champions and at the expense the Kingdom at that and I am sure that Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his men would like nothing better than to start the 2016 season with a morale boosting performance over the old foe.

However, Kerry travel to the capital without some of their more seasoned campaigners who are sidelined with injuries of different rehabbing durations. Colm Cooper is due back in training soon, but the likes of Kieran O’Leary, the Geaneys, Paul and Mikey, Anthony Maher and Peter Crowley are not due back until March while James O’Donoghue is expected to return in late April. Othewr notable absentees include Aidan O’Mahony who is sidelined with an eye injury, Marc Ó Sé is back in training but will not be part of the panel for the first two games, and last year’s captain Kieran Donaghy is not due back in training until after the Roscommon game. Add in captain Bryan Sheehan who is club-tied for the first two games and all of that means that there are panel place up for grabs – for the two first games at the very least – for the likes of Pa Kilkenny, former minors, Tom O’Sullivan and Brian Ó Beaglaioch, and the three O’Sullivans, Brendan, Paul and Jamie to name but a few.

Kerry had a useful workout on Sunday last against Billy Morgan’s UCC as they try to get some badly needed match practice following their team holiday in the USA and it remains to be seen how sharp they will be on Saturday night.

After the home game with Roscommon on Sunday week in Fitzgerald Stadium there is a three week break before three games in successive weekends commencing with Down (A) on February 28th, Donegal (Austin Stack Park) and Mayo (A).
Following a two week break Kerry finish up with Monaghan (A) on March 27th and Cork at home in Austin Stack Park on the following weekend.

The inaugural Kerry GAA Gala Fundraising Dinne
The inaugural Kerry GAA Gala Fundraising Dinner will be held at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Dublin, on Friday 29 January 2016.This exciting black tie event will take place on the eve of the opening game in the Alliance Football League in which Dublin and Kerry will meet again in Croke Park  Click here for full details

€5 discount for pre-purchased tickets for The Allianz Leagues
Tickets are now on sale for the Allianz Football and Hurling Leagues at a pre purchase discounted price of €10 for Kerry’s games in Division 1 Football and Division 1B in Hurling. Please note that the cut off time for the pre-purchase discount will be midnight on the night before the fixture (Friday night at 12 for the Dublin game). Tickets purchase on match day will be the usual €15.
Tickets are available from the usual sources including participating Centra and Supervalu stores throughout the county and from the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlook Centre in Killarney. The closing date for purchasing the GAA Season Tickets from Croke Park is this Sunday, 31st January.