Kerry crush Tipperary to cruise into Munster semis
Report from the GAA.ie web site
Munster GAA Football Championship Quarter-Final: Kerry 2-19 Tipperary 0-8
Kerry matched the weekend performance of their great rivals Cork on Sunday, by hammering Tipperary and cruising into the Munster Championship semi-finals. Cork were 18-point winners over Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening, and Kerry were equally dominant against Tipperary, cruising to a 17-point win at a sedate Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Kerry led by seven at the break, and following James O’Donoghue’s superb goal 30 seconds after the restart, the lead was 10. The sending-off of Tipperary forward Barry Grogan in the second half opened the door for further Kerry supremacy, and they racked up an impressive final tally of 2-19. Kerry will now play Waterford in the Munster semi-final next Saturday evening.
Kerry led 0-11 to 0-4 at half-time, and thoroughly deserved the seven-point lead after a very dominant opening 35 minutes. They powered out of the blocks, and had four points on the board within eight minutes. Colm Cooper, who was very influential throughout from the forty, got the first, and it was followed by efforts from Johnny Buckley (free), O’Donoghue and Donnacha Walsh. Kerry eased off a tad in the middle third of the first half, and Tipperary were closer to them on the scoreboard than they should have been after 25 minutes, trailing 0-6 to 0-3, with all three of the Tipperary points coming from placed balls from Barry Grogan. Once Kerry realised that complacency had set in a bit, they upped their game significantly for the remainder of the half, and crucially made it count on the scoreboard.
They kicked five points in an eight minute spell towards the end of the half, and what was most encouraging for manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice was the way the scoring was spread throughout their team, and almost exclusively from play. Anthony Maher, Kieran Donaghy, Tomás Ó Sé and Paul Galvin (2) all got in on the scoring act before the break, and all of those points were well-taken efforts efficiently finished at the end of intelligent Kerry moves. Tipperary failed to score from play in the first half, a fitting reflection of the evident gulf in class between the two teams, one who played in Division I this year, and the other in Division IV.
Any prospect of a Tipperary comeback, faint at best, was instantly extinguished after the restart by a brilliant Kerry goal. It started with a superb pass from Walsh to Cooper, who fed the ball inside to O’Donoghue. O’Donoghue, who was excellent in the first half, showed how sharp he was by turning his marker and storming in on goal. He then finished beautifully to the net past Paul Fitzgerald in the Tipperary goal, placing the ball expertly in the top right hand corner of the net.
That made it 1-11 to 0-4, but Tipperary finally got their first scores from play shortly after this, with points from Philip Austin and Ciarán McDonald following a free from Conor Sweeney to make it 1-11 to 0-7. Those scores gave Tipperary some momentum, but it was shattered on 48 minutes when Grogan was sent off after picking up his second yellow. He had been one of Tipperary’s most important players, and Kerry resumed domination in his absence, with a wonderful individual score from Cooper ending the Premier County’s scoring run. Kerry emptied their bench, Darran O’Sullivan and Bryan Sheehan among those coming on, and the Kingdom continued to exploit the increasing amounts of space, with Cooper their tormentor-in-chief. The seven-time All Star kicked some beautiful points from play in the closing stages, including one excellent score with his right foot after a trademark sidestep. Donaghy had been kept relatively quiet throughout, but he had one significant final say, flicking a long ball into the path of substitute Darran O’Sullivan, who palmed to the net for Kerry’s second goal.
Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue 1-3, C Cooper 0-5 (1f), J Buckley 0-3 (2f), Darran O’Sullivan 1-0, P Galvin 0-2, D Walsh 0-1, A Maher 0-1, K Donaghy 0-1, T Ó Sé 0-1, Declan O’Sullivan 0-1, B Sheehan 0-1 (1 45′)
Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 0-3 (2f, 1 45′), C Sweeney 0-3 (3f), P Austin 0-1, C McDonald 0-1
Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald; T Ó Sé, K Young, P Crowley; A Maher, J Buckley; P Galvin, C Cooper, D Walsh; Declan O’Sullivan, K Donaghy, J O’Donoghue.
Subs: Darran O’Sullivan for D Walsh (50), B Sheehan for P Galvin (56), M Griffin for M Ó Sé (60), K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan (62), B Maguire for T Ó Sé (63).
Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; J Coghlan, P Codd, C McDonald; R Kiely, D Leahy, A Campbell; G Hannigan, R Costigan; C Sweeney, I Fahey, P Acheson; A Maloney, B Grogan, P Austin.
Subs: Shane Leahy for Alan Campbell (35), Brian Mulvihill for Robbie Kiely (HT), Aldo Matassa for Alan Maloney (HT), L Egan for G Hannigan (59), H Coghlan for I Fahey (63).
Referee – Conor Lane (Cork)
Next Round – the winners play Waterford in the Munster Semi-Final on Saturday June 1st at 7:00pm.
The Tipperary senior football team to play Kerry in the Munster quarter-final at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney on Sunday is as follows:
1. Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard)
2. John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy)
3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule) Captain
4. Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow)
5. Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers)
6. Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers)
7. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)
8. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)
9. Robbie Costigan (Cahir)
10. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)
11. Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
12. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)
13. Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers)
14. Barry Grogan (Aherlow)
15. Philip Austin (Borrisokane)
The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Tipperary in the Munster GAA Football Championship Quarter Final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next at 2pm will see Fionn Fitzgerald of Dr Crokes make his Championship debut. The team, captained by Colm Cooper, features 12 of the side defeated by Donegal in Kerry’s last championship outing in 2012.
The team will lineout as follows:
1.Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)
2.Marc Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht)
3.Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)
4.Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)
5.Tomás Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht)
6.Killian Young (Renard)
7.Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)
8.Anthony Maher (Duagh)
9.Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)
10.Paul Galvin (Finuge)
11.Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)(Capt)
12.Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)
13.Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses)
14.Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)
15.James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)
16.Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion)
17.Bryan Sheehan (St Marys)
18.Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)
19.Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)
20.Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore)
21.Brian McGuire (Listowel Emmets)
22.Michael Geaney (Dingle)
23.Patrick Curtin (Moyvane)
24.James Walsh (Knocknagoshel)
25.Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes)
The following players are unavailable for Selection due to injury:
Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion), Shane Enright (Tarbert), Michael O’Donoghue (Spa), Jack Sherwood (Firies), David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys), Paul Geaney (Dingle)
•The team features 12 of the side that took the field in Kerry’s last Championship match, the All Ireland Qtr Final against Donegal (1-12 to 1-10) last August while Johnny Buckley was introduced as a sub. Shane Enright, Eoin Brosnan (both injured) and Bryan Sheehan (sub) are the absent trio.
•Fionn Fitzgerald of the Dr Crokes Club in Killarney makes his Championship debut having made his full Allianz Football League debut earlier in the year against Down in Tralee. Fionn, a Munster Minor medallist in 2008, has 3 County Senior Championship medals, and 2 Munster Club medals to his credit and is a nephew of former Kerry Goalkeeper, Eamonn Fitzgerald who won 2 NFL medals with Kerry in 1972 and 1973.
•The evergreen Tomás Ó Sé starts his 16th Championship season on Sunday when he will make his 84th appearance in the Green and Gold. He has scored 3 – 32 in Championship games.
For the Record
|2013 Team Manager||Peter Creedon||Eamonn Fitzmaurice|
|2013 Team Captain||Paddy Codd||Eoin Brosnan|
|2012 Championship Performance||Lost to Kerry in the first round of the Munster Championship by 0-16 to 0-10. Defeated Offaly, Wexford and Antrim in the All-Ireland Qualifiers before losing to Down by 1-13 to 0-11.||Defeated Tipperary in the first round of the Munster Championship before losing to Cork by 0-17 to 0-12 in the Munster Semi-Final. Defeated Westmeath, Tyrone and Clare in the All-Ireland Qualifiers before losing to Donegal by 1-12 to 1-10 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final.|
|Number of Munster Senior Football titles||9||74|
|Last Munster Senior Football Title||1935||2011|
|Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000||Played – 17
Won – 2
Lost – 13
Drawn – 2
|Played – 34
Won – 25
Lost – 5
Drawn – 5
|Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship||May 27th 2012 at Semple Stadium Thurles
(Munster Quarter-Final) – Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 –
Bryan Sheehan (6) and Colm Cooper (4) combined for 10 points to help Kerry to a 6 point victory over Tipperary.
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Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2013
Saturday May 25th
@ Pairc na nGael Cork v Limerick @ 7:00pm
Sunday May 26th
@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney Kerry v Tipperary @ 2:00pm
Saturday June 1st
@ Semple Stadium Thurles or Waterford v Tipperary or Kerry @ 7:00pm
Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney
Sunday June 16th
@ Cusack Park Ennis Clare v Cork or Limerick @ 3:30pm
Sunday July 7th
Since 2000, Kerry have drawn as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship than they have lost, 5 draws (4 v Cork & 1 v Limerick) as compared to 5 defeats (all v Cork) in 35 matches.
played.Tipperary have lost their first game in the Munster Senior Football Championship in the last 9 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.
Kerry had the worst scoring record in the Allianz Football League Division 1, racking up an aggregate of 72 points (average of just over 10 per game). This compares to an aggregate of 97 points for Cork and 129 points for Division 1 champions Dublin.
Limerick topped the Allianz Football League Division 4 table despite scoring just 78 points during their 7 games (11 points per match). Only London (75 points) scored less. Limerick’s success was based on their stingy defending with a concession of 71 points. Tipperary were the top scorers in the division with 106 points on aggregate (15+ per game) but conceded 90 points. Waterford (For 90, Against 96) and Clare (For 96, Against 86) were the other Munster counties in Division 4.
There was an 18% decrease in the number of scores in the 2012 Munster Senior Football Championship as compared to 2011 (33 scores per game versus 27) but overall the trend is up over recent years – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game), 2011 (33 scores per game), 2012 (27 scores per game).
Since 2000, Limerick have won as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship (10) than Tipperary (2), Clare (6) and Waterford (2) combined. Only 3 of those 10 Limerick victories have come at home, against Waterford in 2004 (1-18 to 0-7), versus Clare in 2006 (2-5 to 0-8) and against Waterford in 2012 (2-12 to 0-7). Limerick have a home tie with Cork in the 2013 first round on May 25th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.
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.
Limerick’s Ian Ryan was the top scorer in the 2012 Munster Senior Football Championship with 1-17 (0-11 frees) in two matches. Colm Cooper (Kerry) with 0-9 (0-5 frees) and Colm O’Neill with 0-9 (0-3 frees) finished joint second.
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 (37) – 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, 2012
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.