McGrath Cup Football – Kerry 1-13 Cork 1-9

Kerry defeated Cork by 1-13 to 1-9 in Round 3 of the McGrath Cup Football competition on Sunday January 15th at Mallow.


Kerry ease past Cork to set up McGrath Cup final with Limerick

Kerry 1-13 Cork 1-9

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry will meet Limerick in the McGrath Cup final after the Kingdom comfortably overcame Cork this afternoon. Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s men led from pillar to post, with their advantage extending to eight points midway through the second-half.

Jack Savage was most impressive at full-forward, the young Kerins O’Rahilly’s player notching five from play. He could have finished with a great tally, mind, but for a handful of efforts which he dropped into Ken O’Halloran’s gloves.

The visitors were well in control at the break leading by 1-8 to 0-5. That six-point advantage was in place as early as the 14th minute, with Kerry kicking the opening six points of the contest.

Jack Savage and James O’Donoghue inflicted most of the damage, the inside pair accounting for all but one of their opening flurry. A Sean Powter interception set up Niall Coakley for Cork’s opener’s on 15 minutes. The St Jude’s forward would kick four of their five first-half points.

The home side fell further behind when Ken O’Halloran upended Jack Barry on 20 minutes, James O’Donoghue slotting the resulting penalty into the bottom right corner of Ken O’Halloran’s goal.

Gary Murphy kicked two fine points when introduced for Cork in the second period, with Niall Coakley – he was again Cork’s most imposing forward – making amends for a 41st minute missed penalty when finishing to the net on 60 minutes. It did little, however, to alter the final outcome.

Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue (1-3, 0-1 free); J Savage (0-6, 0-1 free); BJ Keane (0-2, 0-1 free); B O’Sullivan, T O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: N Coakley (1-5, 0-3 frees); G Murphy (0-3); B O’Driscoll (0-1);

Kerry: B Kelly; J Foley, M Griffin, K Young; B Ó Beaglaoich, P Crowley, T O’Sullivan; J Barry, T Morley; J Lyne, M Geaney, D Walsh; BJ Keane, J Savage, J O’Donoghue
Subs: B O’Sullivan for Walsh (13 mins, inj); G Crowley for Ó Beaglaoich (43); R Shanahan for Foley (50); C Geaney for O’Donoghue (60); A Spillane for T O’Sullivan (61); D Daly for Geaney (68)

Cork: K O’Halloran; J Loughrey, K Histon, J McLoughlin; S Cronin, C Dorman, M Taylor; I Maguire, R Deane; S Powter, B O’Driscoll, M Collins; N Coakley, P Kelleher, K Davis
Subs: A O’Donovan for Histon (20 mins); G Murphy for Powter (HT); R O’Toole for Maguire (48); E Lavers for Loughrey (61); D O’Driscoll for Davis (60)

Referee: D O’Mahoney (Tipperary)




Match Preview


Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play Kerry on Sunday at 2pm in Mallow has been announced as follows.

1. Ken O Halloran – Bishopstown
2. Michael Shields – St Finbarrs
3. Tom Clancy – Clonakilty
4. John McLoughlin – Kanturk
5. Stephen Cronin – Nemo Rangers
6. Conor Dorman – Bishopstown
7. Matthew Taylor – Mallow
8. Ian Maguire – St Finbarrs
9. Ruairi Deane – Bantry Blues
10. Sean Powter – Douglas
11. Mark Collins – Castlehaven
12. Brian O Driscoll – Tadhg MacCarthaigh
13. Niall Coakley – St Judes
14. Peter Kelleher – Kilmichael
15. Kevin Davis – O Donovan Rossa

16. Ryan Price – O Donovan Rossa
17. Kieran Histon – Cobh
18. Don O Driscoll – Clann na nGael
19. Padraig De Roiste – fermoy
20. Ronan O Toole – Eire Og
21. Alan O Donovan – Nemo Rangers
22. Kevin Crowley – Millstreet


The Kerry Team to play Cork in the Munster Senior Football McGrath Cup on Sunday next in Mallow (2pm) contains 9 players who featured in their final Championship game of 2016 while 5 more, including Under 21 players Jason Foley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich and Tom O’Sullivan, were members of last year’s panel with Jack Savage the odd man out.

The team, captained by Peter Crowley is as follows:

Ciarraí

1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
2. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Killian Young Renard
5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
6. Peter Crowley (C) Laune Rangers
7. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
8. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
9. Tadhg Morley Templenoe
10. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
11. Michael Geaney Dingle
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
14. Jack Savage Kerins O’Rahillys
15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
18. Gavin Crowley Templenoe
19. Kevin McCarthy Kilcummin
20. Jack Barry Na Gaeil
21. Ronan Shanahan Austin Stacks
22. Adrian Spillane Templenoe
23. Conor Geaney Dingle
24. Denis Daly St Marys
25. Conor Keane Killarney Legion

Bainistíocht

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Róghnóirí: Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers), Maurice Fitzgerald (St Marys).


Kerry play Cork in the McGrath Cup in Mallow

Kerry, who fielded a side drawn entirely from their Under 21 squad had little difficulty in disposing of a weakened Tipperary fifteen in the opening round of the McGrath Cup on Sunday last and it was interesting to see that the new “mark” rule had very little impact on proceedings.

So Kerry, with Eamonn Fitzmaurice in charge of the senior panel this time, head to Mallow for their second game on Sunday next against Cork knowing that a win there will earn them a place in the McGrath Cup final on January 22nd. Cork, incidentally, opened their campaign midweek with a good win away to Tipperary.

At a recent Press briefing Eamonn Fitzmaurice gave an up-date on the current situation with regard to player availability for the foreseeable future – and one man who will not be part of the panel this year is Padraig O’Connor of Legion who has emigrated to America. Kerry will be without players from Dr Crokes, Kenmare and Glenbeigh-Glencar until their respective club championship campaigns have finished and the likes of Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Jack Savage (O’Rahillys), Ronan Shanahan (Austin Stacks), Kevin McCarthy (Kilcummin) and Shane Murphy (Dr Crokes), once his club championship commitments come to an end, will be in training with the senior panel. Neither Aidan O’Mahony nor Kieran Donaghy have yet committed for the coming year but they are expected to make a decision on their futures in the green and gold jersey in the coming weeks as is Colm Cooper once his club championship Commitments have finished. Following the retirement of Marc Ó Sé, Kerry will also of course have to plan without a member of that family in the side for the first time since the late Paidí made his debut as a Minor way back in 1971.

Kerry returned to training on Tuesday of last week and apart from a slight injury being carried by Anthony Maher they are relatively injury free for the Cork fixture which throws in at the Mallow GAA complex at 2pm.

Incidentally, the situation with regard to the Kerry senior captaincy for the coming year is that Dr Crokes, as county champions, have the honour of naming the new Kerry senior football captain but they have chosen to delay that announcement until their Club Championship campaign has been completed. Until then, Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will appoint an interim captain.

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