Allianz Football League Division 1 Semi-Final – Kerry 3-15 Roscommon 0-14

Kerry defeated Roscommon by 3-15 to 0-14 in the Allianz Football League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday April 10th at Croke Park.




ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL

Kerry 3-15 Roscommon 0-14

By Cian O’Connell at Croke Park for GAA.ie

Kerry cruised to an emphatic Allianz Football League semi-final victory over Roscommon at Croke Park. Three opening period Kerry goals meant Kerry didn’t encounter too much bother against Roscommon, who were soundly beaten by Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s team. With Kieran Donaghy and David Moran prominent at centerfield Kerry dictated the majority of the contest.

Though Roscommon kicked two of the first three points Kerry responded by reeling off 1-5 without reply to seize the initiative. It was a brilliant burst from Kerry featuring scores from Cooper and Darran O’Sullivan before Fitzmaurice’s side pounced for a 13th minute goal. Stephen O’Brien dashed clear to release Cooper, who provided a sweet left footed finish to rattle the Roscommon net.

Further points from Marc O’Se, Johnny Buckley, and O’Sullivan ensured Kerry led by 1-6 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter. Roscommon rallied briefly with the Murtagh brothers, Ciaran and Diarmuid, registering points, but Kerry then struck a second goal. Moran’s delivery was gathered by Donnchadh Walsh, who thumped the ball beyond Geoffrey Claffey’s despairing dive. On the stroke of half-time O’Sullivan added a third Kerry major as they departed at the break armed with a commanding 3-8 to 0-5 advantage.

After the restart Cooper and O’Sullivan rifled points for Kerry, but Roscommon did hit five of the next six scores to narrow the gap, 3-11 to 0-10. Kerry, though, easily closed out the deal advancing to the decider with the minimum of fuss.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper 1-5 (5fs), D O’Sullivan 1-4, D Walsh 1-0, P Murphy 0-2, J Buckley 0-1, BJ Keane 0-1, B O’Sullivan 0-1, M O Se 0-1.

Scorers for Roscommon: C Murtagh 0-4 (3fs), D Murtagh 0-4 (3fs), N Collins 0-2, C Devaney 0-1, S McDermott 0-1, G Claffey 0-1 (45), D Shine 0-1 (45).

Kerry: B Kelly; M O’Se, M Griffin, S Enright; P Crowley, A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy, D Moran; J Buckley, P Murphy, D Walsh; D O’Sullivan, C Cooper, S O’Brien.
Subs: B Sheehan for Buckley (19 mins), K Young for Fitzgerald (47 mins), A Fitzgerald for O’Brien (49 mins), BJ Keane for Walsh (54 mins), B O’Sullivan for Moran (58 mins), P O’Connor for Crowley (62 mins).

Roscommon: G Claffey; S McDermott, N Collins, N McInerney; D Murray, S Purcell, S Mullooly; N Daly, C Shine; F Cregg, C Murtagh, C Devaney; D Murtagh, S Kilbride, C Cregg.
Subs: D Shine for C Shine (36 mins), R Stack for Purcell (36 mins), D Keenan for Mullooly (47 mins), N Kilroy for C Cregg (56 mins), R Daly for Devaney (56 mins), J McDermott for N Daly (66 mins).

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)


Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Roscommon in the semi final of the Allianz Football League in Croke Park on Sunday (2:00pm) shows 4 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in Round 7.

Brian Kelly starts in goal in place of Brendan Kealy as Eamonn Fitzmaurice continues to rotate his goalkeepers, Aidan O’Mahony and Fionn Fitzgerald come into the half back line in place of Killian Young and Padraig O’Connor and up front Darran O’Sullivan returns to the full forward line in place of Alan Fitzgerald.

The list of substitutes is notable for the inclusion of team Captain Bryan Sheehan who was injured in the Round 5 meeting with Mayo.

The team shows 5 changes in personnel from the side defeated by Roscommon in Round 2

The team, captained by Aidan O’Mahony, is as follows:

1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion

2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Shane Enright Tarbert

5. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers

6. Aidan O’Mahony(C) Rathmore

7. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes

8. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks

9. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys

10. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes

11. Paul Murphy Rathmore

12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

13. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar

14. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes

15. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

17. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

18. Killian Young Renard

19. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory

20. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion

21. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

22. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

23. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia

24. Michael Geaney Dingle

25. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys

26. Denis Daly St Marys

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).

Additional Info:

Donnchadh Walsh made his 50th League appearance for Kerry on Sunday last against Cork and has scored 3-27 in League Football. He made his League debut as far back as the 2003 League against Dublin but did not feature again until the 2007 League making his Championship debut the following year.

Paul Murphy made his 20th League appearance for Kerry on Sunday last against Cork having made his League debut against Dublin just 2 years ago – he never played Minor Football for Kerry!

A Run thru the Subs:

Bryan Sheehan – Made his League debut against Offaly in 2005

Brendan O’Sullivan, a regular substitute in the last few games, was a very influential player in the 2015 County Championship with South Kerry and won an All Ireland Junior medal with Kerry last year.

Padraig O’Connor – Affectionately known as “Podge”, made his League debut as far back as 2010 when he came on as a sub against Dublin. A former Kerry Minor and U21 player.

Alan Fitzgerald – Made his League debut as a sub against Dublin in 2014 and his full League debut last year against Monaghan. Holder of an All Ireland Junior Club Championship medal with Castlegregory.

Jonathan Lyne – Made his League debut against Cork in 2011 and has played 29 League games for his county since then. A Minor in 2008, he played for the Under 21s for three years, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Grandfather, Denny Lyne, played in the Polo Grounds final in ’47.

Denis Daly – who made his League debut against Donegal in Round 4, won a Senior Football Championship medal with South Kerry last year and also won an All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship with the Cahersiveen side a few weeks back. Kerry Minor in 2012 and Under 21 in 2013 & 2014.

Geoffrey Claffey, Sean Mullolly, Conor Devaney, and Diarmuid Murtagh are all included in the Roscommon team for Sunday’s Allianz Football League semi-final against Kerry at Croke Park.

The promising Diarmuid Murtagh, man of the match when Roscommon were defeated by Mayo in last Saturday’s EirGrid Connacht under 21 final, makes his first senior start of the 2016 campaign.

Roscommon: G Claffey; S McDermott, N Collins, N McInerney; D Murray, S Purcell, S Mullooly; N Daly, C Shine; F Cregg, C Murtagh, C Devaney; D Murtagh, S Kilbride, C Cregg