Munster SFC Q-Final – Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

Ó Sé dismissal sours Kingdom success

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, May 23, 2011

SUMMER may have begunpositively on the scoreboard forthe Kerry footballers yesterday, yet another disciplinary storm diminished their enjoyment of this Munster SFC quarter-final success. Swatting aside the challenge of Tipperary was a pleasing start to the championship for Jack O’Connor’s men. Kerry withstood feisty resistance from their opponents and upped their performance considerably in the second-half to triumph. But the victory came at a cost. The sight of Tomás Ó Sé trooping off in the 33rd minute when referee Maurice Condon brandished a red card after an off-the-ball incident which left Tipperary’s Hugh Coghlan on the ground, was not what the Kingdom faithful wanted to witness on their opening day out.

Ó Sé found himself in hot water against Limerick after last July’s provincial decider in Fitzgerald Stadium. After his first championship outing at the venue since that game, the Gaeltacht man is again facing the prospect of a spell on the sidelines as this was his second offence within a 48-week timeframe. Being robbed of the services of such a proficient defender until July 16th was not what O’Connor wanted to be contemplating as he plots an assault on provincial and national crowns. The loss of O’Sé left Kerry with plenty to mull over at the interval as they sought to protect a 0-9 to 0-5 lead. O’Connor conceded afterwards there were deficiencies in their first-half play but the heartening aspect for Kerry was how they rectified those shortcomings after the break. Their midfield play had been a source of discontent in the opening period. Flu victim Anthony Maher was unable to line out from the start and his replacement Seamus Scanlon was forced off with a head wound in the 26th minute.

Scanlon’s replacement Micheal Quirke brought assurance to a sector where Tipperary duo George Hannigan and Brian Jones had been enjoying prosperous afternoons. Kieran Donaghy shuttled successfully between the edge of the square and the middle of the pitch in the second-half, and that enabled Kerry to gain a grip on the game. Kerry’s second-half superiority resulted in Tipperary experiencing that familiar sensation of an early season provincial exit. This was the fourth successive season the Premier were defeated in a Munster quarter-final but there was evidence that they continue to make progress. The 11-point margin separating the teams at the final whistle flattered Kerry and concealed how hard Tipperary had pushed them. Midfielders Hannigan and Jones provided plenty of vim and vigour while Brian Fox and Philip Austin made a plethora of surging runs from the half-forward line. In defence Paddy Codd managed to keep Kieran Donaghy scoreless from play, even if the Stacks’ man was grounded for the penalty which Bryan Sheehan converted in the 38th minute, while Matthew O’Donnell impressed in goal and with his kick-out strategy.

However, in attack, Tipp came up short. Marc Ó Sé was dispatched to follow Barry Grogan and the Aherlow danger man only managed to escape from his tight clutches for a single point from play, a classy effort in the 16th minute. In the second-half as Kerry pulled clear, Tipperary required a goal to revive their efforts. Grogan thought he had delivered when fisting home in the 60th minute but was adjudged to have encroached into the square. 60 seconds later Austin flashed the ball past Brendan Kealy yet saw it strike the butt of the upright. It kind of summed up their afternoon.

For the Kingdom, Eoin Brosnan returned to intercounty championship action with the minimum of fuss while Declan and Darran O’Sullivan rampaged from their half-forward positions. Kerry pieced together moves in the first-half that cut open the Tipperary rearguard, but the opportunities went abegging. Tipp keeper O’Donnell blocked two efforts from Declan O’Sullivan in quick succession, while the same player saw a chipped effort just drop over the bar. Darran O’Sullivan crashed two shots over the bar while Brosnan powered forward for another point that just missed the top corner of the net. In the second-half, 14-man Kerry displayed a more clinical edge. Colm Cooper kept the scoreboard ticking over with points while it fell to Sheehan to supply the goal-scoring touch. In the corresponding fixture last year in Thurles, the St Mary’s man grabbed his first two senior championship goals for Kerry with a converted penalty and a strike from play. He replicated that haul here as he fired a left-foot shot home in injury-time after wonderful play by Cooper and O’Sullivan.

Scorers for Kerry: B Sheehan 2-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1f); C Cooper 0-5 (0-2f); Declan O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan 0-3 each; E Brosnan, A O’Mahony, D Walsh, K O’Leary 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 0-3 (0-2f); P Austin, C Sweeney (0-1f) 0-2 each; B Fox, G Hannigan, B Mulvihill, P Acheson 0-1 each.

Subs for Kerry: M Quirke for Scanlon (blood) (26); P Galvin for O’Leary (54); Scanlon for Quirke (60); BJ Keane for Darran O’Sullivan (60); D Bohane for O’Mahony (63); S Enright for O’Mahony (63); A O’Connell for Brosnan (68).

Subs for Tipperary: B Mulvihill for S Grogan (43); P Acheson for Sweeney (56); J Cagney for Jones (inj) (65); S Hahessy for Austin (70).

Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford).

 

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

Sunday, 22 May 2011 22:25

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Kerry, without ever hitting top gear, chiselled out a flattering eleven-point win over a Tipperary side who did not enjoy the best of fortune in an ill-tempered Munster Senior Football Championship quarter-final, played at a blustery Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, on Sunday afternoon. The game contained a number of talking points, but the main one occurred when Tomas O’Se was involved in an off-the-ball incident with Hugh Coghlan from Tipperary in front of the stand in the 33rd minute. The linesman is alleged to have seen O’Se strike Coghlan, leaving match official Maurice Condon with no option but to red card O’Se.

Since this is the second such offence for O’Se – though his first offence against Limerick’s Stephen Kelly’s was dealt with post-match in 2010 – he is facing the prospect of an eight-week ban which will mean O’Se missing the rest of Kerry’s Munster Championship campaign. In the second half, with Tipperary having the extra man and Kerry leading 0-09 to 0-05, Kerry were awarded a crucial penalty when Kieran Donaghy was dragged down in the square. Bryan Sheehan neatly tucked the spot-kick away. Sheehan followed with a long-range free within two minutes and Kerry had moved 1-10 to 0-5 in front.

Following that a Darran O’Sullivan dipping effort, that went just over the top, appeared to have Tipperary in a hopeless position. However, two pointed frees from Barry Grogan and points from Conor Sweeney and Brian Mulvihill closed the gap to 1-13 to 0-10 with fifteen minutes left. In the 57th minute, Barry Grogan had the ball in the Kerry net, but the referee ruled he was in the square. Tipperary’s luck was clearly out as in the 63rd minute Philip Austin struck the foot of the Kerry post with a goal on. If either had gone in, then it would have made for a very nervous finish, but with Colm Cooper and Declan O’Sullivan steadying the Kerry ship and Donnacha Walsh giving a man-of-the-match display, it was left to Bryan Sheehan to score his second goal in injury time. Kerry advance to play Limerick on 4 June in the Munster Championship semi-finals.

Scorers:

Kerry: C Cooper 0-5 (2f), B Sheehan 2-1 (1-0 pen, 1f), Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan 0-3 each, K O’Leary, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony, D Walsh 0-1 each.

Tipperary: B Grogan (2f) 0-3, C Sweeney (1f), P Austin 0-2 each, B Fox, G Hannigan, B Mulvihill, P Acheson 0-1 each.

Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; S Scanlon, B Sheehan; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary.

Subs: M Quirke for S Scanlon (26); P Galvin for K O’Leary (53); BJ Keane for Darran O’Sullivan (60); D Bohan for A O’Mahony (63); S Enright for T O’Sullivan (63); A O’Connell for E Brosnan (69)

Tipperary: M O’Donnell; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; C Dillon, L Egan, C Aylward; G Hannigan, B Jones; B Fox, P Austen, H Coghlan; C Sweeney, S Grogan, B Grogan.

Subs: P Mulvihill for S Grogan (43); P Acheson for C Sweeney (56); J Cagney for B Jones (66); S Hahessy for P Austin (70);

Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford)

 

MUNSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – QUARTERFINAL REPORT

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie

Kerry without ever hitting top gear chiselled out a flattering eleven point win over a Tipperary side who did not enjoy the best of fortune in an ill tempered Munster Senior Football Championship quarterfinal, played at a blustery Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney this afternoon. The game contained a number of talking points but there was doubting but that Tomas O’Se was involved in an off the ball incident with Hugh Coghlan from Tipperary in front of the stand in the 33rd minute which the linesman clearly saw and this left the match official Maurice Condon, with no option but to issue a red card to O’Se and since this is the second such offence ( though his first offence against Limerick’s Stephen Kelly’s was dealt retrospectively in 2010), he is looking down the barrel of an eight week ban, which will mean the influential O’Se missing the rest of Kerry’s Munster Championship campaign.

Kerry boss Jack O’Connor was not all that amused “Obviously there was a bit of needle there between the two of them. I didn’t see it but the linesman did see something. He said it to the referee and that’s the end of it. All I asked the referee at half-time was what had Tomas done as I hadn’t seen it. I think it’s the within the time scale of 48 weeks and there’s a good chance he’ll be out now for two months. That’s very disappointing.” Kerry were far from fluent in the opening half with Tipperary winning the midfield exchanges early on as Kerry found it difficult to get scores despite playing with a strong wind. The sides were deadlocked on 0-4 apiece after twenty minutes with Declan O’Sullivan, Aidan O’Mahony, Colm Cooper and Darran O’Sullivan on the mark for Kerry but they missed at least six goal scoring opportunities with Tipperary keeper Matthew O’Donnell making a brilliant double save to deny Declan O’Sullivan in the 11th minute. However once Micheal Quirke came in as a blood sub for Seamus Scanlon Kerry started to win ball at midfield and Cooper was at his brilliant best as Kerry moved 0-9 to 0-5 in front before the O’Se incident.

O’Connor was not happy with the first half ” “I was pleased with the second-half definitely but not the first. We were lethargic in the first-half and allowed Tipperary play a lot of football. We looked in big trouble at half-time, playing against a strong wind and with a man down. But we regrouped and showed real spirit to tear into it. Tipperary were just showing more aggression in the first-half on breaking ball from kickouts. A lot of fellas stood up in the second-half which was encouraging. The most important thing is that we showed a bit of heart in the second-half.”

Then in the second half with Tipperary having the extra man and Kerry leading 0-9 to 0-5, Kerry were awarded a crucial penalty when Kieran Donaghy was dragged down in the square and Bryan Sheehan, neatly tucked the spot kick away. When Sheehan followed with a long range free within two minutes Kerry had moved 1-10 to 0-5 in front and a Darran O’Sullivan dipping effort that went just over the top, appeared to have Tipperary in a hopeless position. However two pointed frees from Barry Grogan and points from Conor Sweeney and Brian Mulvihill closed the gap to 1-13 to 0-10 with fifteen minutes left. Then 57th minute Barry Grogan had the ball in the Kerry net but the referee ruled he was in the square and then in the 63rd minute Philip Austin struck the foot of the Kerry post with goal on. If either had gone in, then it would have made for a very nervous finish but with Colm Cooper and Declan O’Sullivan steadying the Kerry ship and Donnacha Walsh giving a man of the match display, it was left to Bryan Sheehan to score his second goal in injury time as Kerry advance to play Limerick on June 4th.

Kerry boss Jack O’Connor felt that Kerry are a work in progress around the middle of the field “”We need to get to grips with kickouts. I don’t have the stats in front of me but I’d safely say on the Tipperary kickouts, we were well beaten in the first-half. Mike Quirke settled that when he came on and obviously Donaghy did very well when he came out there against the wind as well. We’re a work in progress” Kerry also had a bit of a flu bug in the camp “”Anthony (Maher) had the flu. It was going around the camp. Padraig Reidy was also out with it. Seamus got a very bad cut as well, there was a lot of blood came out. But sometimes these things work in your favour, Mike Quirke was able to come on and get some badly needed game time. Paul came on as well to get some game time which he badly needed” So it on now to Limerick on June 4th and Kerry will doubtless take heart from the spirit they showed in the second half with a man less.

Scorers

Kerry: C Cooper 0-5 (2f), B Sheehan 2-1 (1-0 pen, 1f), Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan 0-3 each, K O’Leary, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony, D Walsh 0-1 each.

Tipperary: B Grogan (2f) 0-3, C Sweeney (1f), P Austin 0-2 each, B Fox, G Hannigan, B Mulvihill, P Acheson 0-1 each.

Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; S Scanlon, B Sheehan; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary.

Subs: M Quirke for S Scanlon (26); P Galvin for K O’Leary (53); BJ Keane for Darran O’Sullivan (60); D Bohan for A O’Mahony (63); S Enright for T O’Sullivan (63); A O’Connell for E Brosnan (69)

Tipperary: M O’Donnell; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; C Dillon, L Egan, C Aylward; G Hannigan, B Jones; B Fox, P Austen, H Coghlan; C Sweeney, S Grogan, B Grogan.

Subs: P Mulvihill for S Grogan (43); P Acheson for C Sweeney (56); J Cagney for B Jones (66); S Hahessy for P Austin (70);

Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford).

Attendance: 9500

Stats

Kerry

1st half 2nd half Total

Goals 0 2 2

Points 9 7 16

Wides 2 2 4

Frees Awarded 13 12 25

45s awarded 0 0 0

Yellow Cards 3 1 4

Red Cards 1 0 1

 

Tipperary

1st half 2nd half Total

Goals 0 0 0

Points 5 6 11

Wides 5 2 7

Frees Awarded 12 11 23

45s awarded 0 0 0

Yellow Cards 2 1 3

Red Cards 0 0 0

Team News

The Kerry team to play Tipperary on Sunday at 3.30pm in Fitzgerald Stadium is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy, (Kilcummin)

2.Killian Young (Renard) 3 Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) . 4 Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore)

5 Tomas Ó Sé, (An Ghaeltacht ) 6 Eoin Brosnan (Dr. Crokes) 7. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

8 Anthony Maher (Duagh) 9.Bryan Sheenan (St. Mary’s )

10. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 11. Declan O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane),

13. Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes)14 Kieran Donaghy(Austin Stacks) 15.Kieran O’Leary (Dr. Crokes)

Subs: 16.Tomás Mac a t’Saoir (An Ghaeltacht) 17. Seamus Scanlon (Currow) 18. Paul Galvin (Finuge) 19. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) 20. Michéal Quirke (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) 21. Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin) 22. Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks) 23. Shane Enright (Tarbert) 24. David Geaney (Daingean Uí Chúis) 25.Adrian O’Connell (St Michaels Foilmore) 26.Niall O’Mahony (Spa)

 

The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Kerry on Sunday next, May 22 at Fitzgerald Stadium in the Munster Football championship quarter-final is

1. Matthew O’Donnell (Killeneule)

2. Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers)

3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule)

4. Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow)

5. Cathal Dillon (Aherlow)

6. Lorcan Egan (JK Brackens)

7. Christopher Aylward (Clonmel Og)

8. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)

9. Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers)

10. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty)

11. Philip Austin (Borrisokane)

12. Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois)

13. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)

14. Seamus Grogan (Aherlow)

15. Barry Grogan (Aherlow) CAPTAIN