Kerry defeated Tipperary by 0-16 to 0-10 in the Quarter Final of the Munster GAA Senior Football Championship on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.
Wake-up call for sloppy Kerry
Tipperary 0-10 Kerry 0-16
By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper
They ultimately claimed victory but Kerry’s opening championship salvo was rather low-key and lacklustre in Semple Stadium yesterday. For the third successive year they squared off against Tipperary at the end of May and while they maintained their run of wins against the Premier opponents, this Munster SFC quarter-final was not the carefree stroll of previous clashes.
Kerry duly established a meeting with rivals Cork in the Munster semi-final with a six-point winning margin to reflect on at the final whistle. Yet they could never quite shake off the determined challenge of Tipperary. In the past two seasons a dispiriting trend has emerged of Tipperary being competitive for three quarters of the match before fading in the final quarter with Kerry flexing their muscle and exerting superiority. However, yesterday Tipperary refused to thrown in the towel and hung in bravely until the final whistle.
Over the next fortnight, Kerry will look to sharpen their play and erase the flaws evident in this encounter. Jack O’Connor admitted their football was sloppy and it was odd, particularly in the opening stages, to witness Kerry players making poor decisions in possession, demonstrating below-par handling and kicking wayward passes. It added up to a frustrating afternoon for the likes of Declan O’Sullivan and Colm Cooper with the supply of ball into those inside danger men lacking in quality.
In addition, Kerry found it difficult to service them due to some outstanding Tipperary defending. Killenaule man Paddy Codd had plenty reason to be pleased with his afternoon’s work at full-back. Restricting one of the game’s most celebrated talents, Declan O’Sullivan, to a point from play was a reflection of the diligence of Codd’s defending.
It is salient to point out that a portion of Kerry’s rustiness can be attributed to the six-week lay-off from competitive action they have endured since their league semi-final loss to Mayo in April. On any opening championship day out there will be a degree of lethargy and this match is bound to sharpen Kerry’s senses. Their defence was a solid and compact unit, with Daniel Bohan anchoring things well at full-back while Peter Crowley settled in comfortably on his senior championship debut.
The return of Marc Ó Sé in a fortnight will be a boost to their defensive resources while that team selection will be challenged also by Kieran Donaghy who made an important contribution when drafted in after 45 minutes. Donaghy succeeded in bringing a calming influence to Kerry’s play at a time when they were only two points ahead, 0-11 to 0-9. He made a couple of fine catches from kickouts and used possession intelligently.
Tipperary had plenty to be pleased about. They began without Brian Jones and Barry Grogan, after the duo have decamped to Boston for the summer, attackers Brian Mulvihill and Conor Sweeney, sidelined with injuries, and then saw centre-back Robbie Costigan limp off in the 26th minute. Yet despite having only seven weeks to work with the team, manager Peter Creedon succeeded in producing a cohesive and spirited performance from his charges.
There were a few stellar individual showings, from Codd, wing-back Brian Fox, whose influence became more pronounced as the action developed, and midfielder Hugh Coghlan. In attack, Michael Quinlivan, the first from last year’s batch of All-Ireland winning minors to graduate to the senior stage, looked lively and inventive, even though his shooting from play betrayed his approach work at times and he also saw a straightforward attempt from a free in the 47th minute rebound off an upright. Alongside him in attack Alan Maloney displayed a superb ability from placed ball positions while the dynamism of Peter Acheson did succeed in stretching the Kerry half-back line.
Tipperary were 0-9 to 0-6 adrift at the interval and still in the hunt at 0-14 to 0-10 with 12 minutes remaining. There was a distinct sense though that they required a goal to ignite their challenge. Kerry were alert to this and protected Brendan Kealy’s goalmouth by erecting strong defensive barriers that Tipperary found tough to break through. Even when they did pierce the rearguard, Brendan Kealy was unbeatable in goal as he tipped over a stinging drive by Hugh Coghlan after half-time and smothered a close-range shot by Philip Austin in injury-time.
Kerry had the necessary experience and guile to survive this challenge. They displayed greater urgency at vital phases, best demonstrated when they strung together five successive points between the 23rd and 31st minutes. Before being withdrawn in the 45th minute Paul Galvin had showed the best appetite and ability to claim breaks during the match while Darran O’Sullivan made a few telling incisive runs. Substitute James O’Donoghue chipped over a point in the finale and when Bryan Sheehan tapped over an injury-time free, minds were already drifting to a trip to Páirc Uí Chaoimh in a fortnight.
Scorers for Kerry: B Sheehan 0-6 (0-5f), C Cooper 0-4 (0-2f), T O Sé, A Maher, Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, K O’Leary, J O’Donoghue 0-1 each.
Scorers for Tipperary: A Moloney 0-4 (0-3f), M Quinlivan (0-2f), P Acheson 0-2 each, H Coghlan, P Austin 0-1 each.
Subs for Kerry: K Donaghy for Galvin (45), B Maguire for Young (48), BJ Keane for Curtin (50), J O’Donoghue for O’Leary (50), A O’Mahony for Brosnan (62)
Subs for Tipperary: D Leahy for Costigan (inj) (26), R Ryan for Scully (48), B O’Brien for Quinlivan (64), A Matassa for Hannigan (71)
Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)
When – Sunday May 27th at 2:00pm
Where – Semple Stadium Thurles
Referee – Marty Duffy (Sligo)
Stand By Referee – Rory Hickey (Clare)
Linesman – Jerome Henry (Galway)
Sideline Official – Richard Moloney (Limerick)
Replay date – June 2nd at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney
Next Round – the winners play Cork in the Munster Semi-Final on Sunday June 10th at 2:00pm
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The Tipperary senior football team to play Kerry in the Munster Senior Football championship on Sunday next is:
1. Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard)
2. Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers)
3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule)
4. Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow)
5. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty Donohill)
6. Robbie Costigan (Cahir)
7. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)
8. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)
9. Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois)
10. Lorcan Egan (JK Brackens)
11. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)
12. Shane Scully (JK Brackens)
13. Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers)
14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)
15. Philip Austin (Borrisokane – Captain)
The Kerry Senior Football team to play Tipperary on Sunday 27th May is as follows:
1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)
2. Shane Enright (Tarbert)
3. Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks)
4. Killian Young (Renard)
5. Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)
6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes)
7. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)
8. Anthony Maher (Duagh)
9. Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s)
10. Paul Galvin (Finuge)
11. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)
12. Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)
13. Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)
14. Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)
15. Patrick Curtin (Moyvane)
16. Brian Kelly (Legion)
17. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)
18. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)
19. James O’Donoghue (Legion)
20. Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmett’s)
21. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys)
22. Seamus Scanlon (Currow)
23. Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)
24. Jonathan Lyne (Legion)
25. Michael Geaney (Daingean Ui Chuis)
26. Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)
Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)
Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)
Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks)
Diarmuid Ó Murchú (Daingean Uí Chúis)
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For the Record
|2012 Team Manager||Peter Creedon||Jack O’Connor|
|2012 Team Captain||Philip Austin||Colm Cooper|
|2011 Championship Performance||Lost to Kerry in the first round by 2-16 to 0-11 before losing to Laois by the same score in the first round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers||Defeated Tipperary, Limerick and Cork to win the Munster Final. Defeated Limerick and Mayo to qualify for the All-Ireland Final where they lost to Dublin by 1-12 to 1-11.|
|Number of Munster Senior Football titles||9||74|
|Last Munster Senior Football Title||1935||2011|
|Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000||Played – 16
Won – 2
Lost – 12
Drawn – 2
|Played – 33
Won – 24
Lost – 4
Drawn – 5
|Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship||May 22nd 2011 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Quarter-Final) – Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11 – Two Bryan Sheehan goals and five points from Colm Cooper helped Kerry to an 11 point victory over Tipperary.|
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Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2012
Sunday May 20th
@ Pairc na nGael Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7
Sunday May 27th (Replay date – June 2nd)
@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary v Kerry @ 2:00pm
Saturday June 9th (Replay date – June 16th)
@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick Clare v Limerick @ 7:00pm
Sunday June 10th (Replay date – June 16th)
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork v Tipperary or Kerry @ 2:00pm
Sunday July 8th (Replay date – July 14th)
Since 2000, Kerry have drawn more matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship than they have lost, 5 draws (all v Cork) as compared to 4 defeats in 33 matches played.
Tipperary have lost their first game in the Munster Senior Football Championship in the last 8 seasons. Tipperary’s last Munster SFC victory came in the first round in 2003 when helped by 11 points by Declan Browne, the Premier County defeated Waterford at Walsh Park by 0-18 to 1-12. Cork native Denis Walsh was the Waterford manager on the day.
There has been a 57% increase in the number of scores in the last 4 Munster Senior Football Championships – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game), 2011 (33 scores per game).
Cork have won both competitions entered thus far in 2012, Cork won the McGrath Cup in January with victories over Clare, CIT and Tipperary, conceding a total of 20 points in 210 minutes of action. Cork then progressed to win the Allianz Football League Division 1 title for the third consecutive year. During the 7 group matches in Division 1, Cork conceded the least amount of scores (an aggregate of 78 points). Kerry had the second best defensive record with a concession of 86 points on aggregate. Cork’s defensive record in the 12 competitive matches played in 2012 has seen them concede an average of 8.16 points per game.
Since 2000, Limerick have won as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship (9) than Tipperary (2), Clare (5) and Waterford (2) combined. Only 2 of those 9 Limerick victories have come at home, against Waterford in 2004 (1-18 to 0-7) and against Clare in 2006 (2-5 to 0-8). Limerick have a home tie with Waterford in the 2012 first round on May 20th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.
Clare have won 1 of their last 7 matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship, a 0-9 to 0-7 victory over Waterford at Cusack Park Ennis in May 2008.
Waterford have won 2 matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship since 1988. Both victories have come at the expense of Clare in games played at Fraher Field Dungarvan – a 1-6 to 0-7 victory in 2007 and a 1-10 to 0-9 win in 2010.
Cork’s Daniel Goulding was the top scorer in the 2011 Munster Senior Football Championship with 2-16 (0-9 from frees) in three matches. Colm Cooper (Kerry) was second with 0-14 (0-5 frees) while there was a three-way tie for 3rd place involving Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry – 2-6), Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry – 0-12) and Donnacha O’Connor (Cork – 2-6, 0-3 frees, 1-0 penalty).
2012 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date
Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7 – May 20th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Quarter-Final)
Limerick: B Scanlon; J McCarthy, P Browne, L O’Dwyer; S Lavin, J Riordan, P Ranahan; T Lee, P Kinnerk; E Barry, E O’Connor, S Buckley; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan
Subs used: I Corbett for Barry (34 mins), J O’Meara for Kinnerk (48), S Kelly for O’Carroll (54), J Cooke for Lee (63), S Lucey for Ranahan (68).
Waterford: K Cotter; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; W Hennessy, T Grey, S Briggs; S Ahearne, S O’Hare; P Hurney, S Dempsey, C O’Keeffe; T Prendergast, JJ Hutchinson, M Ferncombe
Subs used: J Veale for Ferncombe, P Whyte for Dempsey, S Fleming for Hutchinson (all 60 mins).
Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)
2012 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship
Ian Ryan (Limerick) – 1-7 (0-6 frees)
Seamus O’Carroll (Limerick) – 1-1
Ger Collins (Limerick) – 0-2
JJ Hutchinson (Waterford) – 0-2
Tony Grey (Waterford) – 0-2
Mark Ferncombe (Waterford) – 0-2
Stephen Kelly (Limerick), John Cooke (Limerick), Shane Ahearne (Waterford) – 0-1 each
Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour
Kerry (74) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011
Cork (36) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009
Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935
Clare (2) – 1917, 1992
Waterford (1) – 1898
Limerick (1) – 1896
Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams
Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sf_teams/
Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup
No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928
All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship
In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 14 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.