Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 2-12 Clare 0-7

Kerry defeated Clare by 2-12 to 0-7 in the Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday June 22nd at Cusack Park Ennis.


Kerry saunter into junior final

Report from the Irish Examiner web site

Kerry advanced to the Munster JFC final against Cork following an easy victory over Clare yesterday. Clare’s lack of scoring power was reflected in the fact they only hit the target from play on one occasion. Kerry, for their part, held their opponents scoreless for the opening 27 minutes and went in 1-6 to 0-2 ahead at the break thanks to a Brian Crowley goal.

A Gavin O’Grady goal from a penalty sealed it for Kerry in the 48th minute after he was hauled down in possession. Kerry began the game in sprightly fashion and led by 0-5 to 0-0 by the 16th minute, setting a trend for the rest of the tie. When Crowley goaled in the 19th minute, after a good Greg Gibson pass, he made it 1-5 and then Paul Kennelly added a pointed free to put nine between the sides.

Clare eventually got on the scoreboard and landed two frees from team captain Gary Leahy before half-time. In the second period Kerry continued to dominate. Clare’s only score from play came at the death when mid-fielder Darran O’Neill pointed from a distance.

Scorers for Kerry: G O’Grady 1-3 (1-0 pen, 1 45), P Kennelly 0-5 (1f), B Crowley 1-0, T Hickey 0-2, B O’Sullivan, C Keating 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: G Leahy 0-6 (6fs), D O’Neill 0-1.

KERRY: S Murphy; S Lynch, K O’Dwyer, D Wrenn; G Gibson, D Daly, G Crowley; A Garnett, B O’Sullivan; B Crowley, C Keating, P O’Connor; G O’Grady, P Kennelly, T Hickey (capt)
Subs: M Brennan for Garnett (29), G Sayers for O’Connor (40), K Hurley for Crowley (43), C Horan for Lynch (51), R Horgan for Daly (58), P Ó Sé for Gibson (59).

CLARE: E Tubridy; J O’Dea, S Collins, C O’Brien; B Carrig, S Haugh, S Lineen; D O’Neill, K O’Connor; E Brew, Thomas Downes, S O’Driscoll; C Lillis, G Leahy (capt), K Malone.
Subs: C Ó hAanféin for Brew (23), D Nagle for Lineen (33), E Hanrahan for Thomas Downes (37), Tom Downes for O’Brien (bc, 39), C Normoyle for Tubridy (bc, 47), K Sexton for Lillis (54).

Referee: J Bermingham (Cork)


Team News

Kerry Junior Team V Clare

The Kerry Junior team to play Clare in the Munster GAA Football Junior Semi Final in Ennis On Sunday at 1:30 contains just 4 of the side defeated by Tipperary in last year’s Quarter final tie – Midfielder Brendan O’Sullivan, and the forward trio of Ciarán Keating, Philip O’Connor and Gavan O’Grady.

The team, captained by Thomas Hickey is as follows:

1 Shane Murphy Kilcummin
2 Shane Lynch Spa
3 Kevin O’Dwyer Waterville
4 Danny Wrenn Tarbert
5 Greg Gibson Waterville
6 Denis Daly St. Marys
7 Gavin Crowley Templenoe
8 Andrew Garnett Spa
9 Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
10 Brian Crowley Templenoe
11 Ciaran Keating Skellig Rangers
12 Philip O’Connor Cordal
13 Gavan O’Grady Glenbeigh Glencar
14 Paul Kennelly Ballydonoghue
15 Thomas Hickey (Capt) Castleisland Desmonds
Fir Ionaid:
16 Sean Óg Ó Ciardubháin Cordal
17 Alan O’Donoghue John Mitchels
18 Rory Horgan Ardfert
19 Michael Brennan Churchill
20 Cian Horan Glenflesk
21 Paidraig Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
22 Gary Sayers Keel
23 Kieran Hurley St. Pats
24 Sean Moloney John Mitchels

Bainistíocht:
Bainisteoir: Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)
Róghnoirí: Fergus Clifford (Listry), Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys), Denis O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses).

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