All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-20 Limerick 0-10

Just routine as Kerry set up Mayo clash

Kerry 1-20 Limerick 0-10

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

THE only source of surprise from Kerry’s All-Ireland Croke Park outing came long after the final whistle had blown as Mayo knocked All-Ireland champions Cork out of the race for Sam Maguire. Kerry’s tie with Limerick followed predictable lines as they eased to a 13-point victory thanks to their superior array of attacking options and highly disciplined defending. It was a routine win for Jack O’Connor’s side and there was never a sense that this last eight outing would prove to be the graveyard for their ambitions for the second successive year. But instead of reacquainting themselves with their Munster rivals in three weeks time, they must now face another county who they have held a hex over on big days at GAA headquarters.

For the first time this season in championship, Kerry will face a team from outside their province with the level of organisation and resilience displayed by Mayo bound to focus their minds before August 21. An emphatic 13-point success suggests Kerry’s game is in perfect working order yet there are plenty of things that Jack O’Connor will seek to brush up on before the last four showdown. O’Connor rightly pointed out afterwards that there was a distinct lack of sharpness in their play at times and they tended to become too elaborate at stages in their passing movements up front.

Some of that can be attributed to the four-week layoff since the Munster final and to still triumph so comfortably on an afternoon when attacking stars like Kieran Donaghy and Colm Cooper were largely peripheral figures will provide its own satisfaction for the Kerry camp. Of greater concern for Kerry was the sight of Darran O’Sullivan exiting before half-time, as he clutched his hamstring and limped off the pitch. The Glenbeigh-Glencar man will be anxious to regain fitness before the semi-final and those views will be shared by his team-mates and supporters. O’Sullivan has been in electric form this season and after looking to have sewn up the goal-of-the-season accolade with his strike in the Munster final, he managed to register a better one here. Bryan Sheehan’s fist pass towards him in the 28th minute came at an awkward low height but O’Sullivan, rushing in towards goal, adjusted his body superbly to produce an outrageous flick with his right foot and the send the ball nestling in the bottom corner. It was reminiscent of Gianfranco Zola’s effort against Norwich City in an FA Cup tie back in 2002 and was a rare moment of illumination in a humdrum encounter.

Limerick battled valiantly throughout but as manager Maurice Horan conceded afterwards, Kerry provided a superior level of opposition to that which they have faced in the qualifiers in recent weeks. Their cause was not helped by the continuation of the injury streak that has plagued them throughout this campaign. Stephen Lucey, parachuted in before throw-in, was gone after eight minutes while John Cooke had to retire at the break. Johnny McCarthy produced his customary level of excellence at the back, youngsters like John Riordan and Seamus O’Carroll demonstrated again that they are adapting to the senior game while Stephen Kelly provided flashes of attacking inspiration with some fine points from play.

But ultimately this was a game that Kerry were the masters of. They kept Limerick scoreless for the first 16 minutes of the game and were 1-8 to 0-4 to the good at the break. The Shannonsiders briefly rallied early in the second-half as they rattled over three quick points courtesy of a Kelly brace and a neat point by Ger Collins. Yet Kerry simply stepped up the gears after that and demonstrated their superiority once more. Their defence was excellent. Marc Ó Sé had another outstanding outing as he held Ian Ryan scoreless from play while outside him older brother Tomás slipped seamlessly back into the inter-county game after being sidelined for the past two months through suspension. O’Connor will also have been glad to see Paul Galvin get badly-needed game time in attack while the performance of Sheehan around midfield silenced some of his critics. That sector has been a worry for Kerry of late but Sheehan grafted well in the physical exchanges, frequently claimed clean possession in the air and potted his placed balls with typical efficiency.

Limerick’s hopes of fighting their way back into contention were dependent on grabbing a goal to ignite their challenge. An errant Aidan O’Mahony pass almost handed them a chance in the early exchanges but Kelly found the side-netting with his close range shot. A couple of other chances flew just over the crossbar but in general Kerry never afforded them the latitude to cut loose. After Limerick trimmed the gap to four points by the 39th minute, the Munster champions responded decisively by registering seven of the game’s next eight points. They were never in danger of being tripped up then. Their semi-final place was assured before the finish yet the identity of their opponents will generate fresh intrigue.

Scorers for Kerry: Darran O’Sullivan 1-3, B Sheehan 0-6 (0-4f, 0-1 ‘45), C Cooper 0-3 (0-1f), Declan O’Sullivan, T Ó’Sé 0-2 each, K Young, A Maher, K Donaghy, J O’Donoghue 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: S Kelly 0-4, I Ryan 0-2 (0-2f), G Collins, S O’Carroll, B Scanlon (0-1f), J Riordan 0-1 each.

Subs for Kerry: K O’Leary for Darran O’Sullivan (inj) (32), S Enright for O’Mahony (49), S Scanlon for Maher (62), D Bohane for Brosnan (62), J O’Donoghue for Galvin (62).

Subs for Limerick: M O’Riordan for Lucey (inj) (8), J Mullane for Cooke (inj) (half-time), J O’Donovan for Gallagher (half-time), B Fitzpatrick for O’Riordan (59), E Hogan for Mullane (62).

Referee: Pat McEnaney (Monaghan)

 

Team News

The Kerry team to play Limerick in The All Ireland Quarter Final on Sunday next the 31st July at 2pm in Croke Park is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy, (Kilcummin)

2.Killian Young (Renard) 3 Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) 4 Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore)

5. Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltact) 6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr. Crokes) 7. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

8. Anthony Maher (Duagh) 9.Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s)

10. Paul Galvin (Finuge) 11. Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada) 12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane),

13. Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes) Captain 14 Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks) 15. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

Subs: 16. Tomás Mac a t’Saoir (An Ghaeltacht) 17. Shane Enright (Tarbert) 18. Kieran O’Leary (Dr. Crokes) 19. Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks) 20. Michéal Quirke (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) 21. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) 22. Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmett’s) 23. Séamus Scanlon (Currow) 24. Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin) 25. Niall O’Mahony (Spa) and (26) James O’Donoghue (Legion)

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Physical Coach: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Coach: Donie Buckley (Castleisland Desmonds)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) & Diarmuid Murphy (Daingean Uí Chúis)

LIMERICK SF TEAM V. KERRY 31/07/2011

1. Brian Scanlon Gerald Griffin’s.

2. Tommy Stack Dromcollogher-Broadford.

3. Shane Gallagher Ballysteen.

4. Stephen Lavin Adare.

5. John Riordan Fr. Casey’s.

6. Johnny McCarthy St. Kierans.

7. Pa Ranahan Ballysteen.

8. Seanie Buckley Dromcollogher-Broadford.

9. Jim O’ Donovan St. Kierans.

10. Stephen Kelly Newcastlewest.

11. John Mullane St. Patrick’s.

12. Mike Sheehan Fr. Casey’s.

13. Ger Collins Monaleen.

14. Seamus O Carroll Cappagh.

15. Ian Ryan St. Senan’s

Match Preview

They meet for the second time in this year’s championship, with Kerry having won the Munster semi-final easily (1-26 to 3-9) in the Gaelic Grounds on June 4. Kerry raced into a lead of 1-10 to 0-1 after 30 minutes before Limerick rallied to trail by 1-10 to 1-4 at half-time. However, they had left themselves with far too much to do and while they scored 2-5 in the second half, Kerry added 16 points. Colm Cooper (0-7), Darran O’Sullivan (1-3) and Declan O’Sullivan (0-4) were top scorers for Kerry while Ger Collins (1-4) was Limerick’s main marksman.

Kerry have reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals every year since the new championship system was introduced in 2001. Their only defeat came last year when they lost to Down by six points. Limerick are in the quarter-finals for the first time.

Paths to the quarter-final

Kerry

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11 (Munster quarter-final)

Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9 (Munster semi-final)

Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 (Munster final)

Average For: 1-20; Average Against: 1-12

Limerick

Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9 (Munster semi-final)

Limerick 3-13 Offaly 0-15 (Qualifiers R2)

Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-9 (Qualifiers R3)

Limerick 1-18 Wexford 1-17 (Qualifiers R4)

Average For: 2-13; Average Against: 1-16

Last Five Championship Clashes

2011: Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9 (Munster semi-final)

2010: Kerry 1-17 Limerick 1-14 (Munster final)

2005: Kerry 2-10 Limerick 0-10 (Munster semi-final)

2004: Kerry 3-10 Limerick 2-9 (Munster final) Replay

2004: Kerry 1-10 Limerick 1-10 (Munster final) Draw

Previous Quarter final appearances

Kerry

2010: Down 1-16 Kerry 1-10

2009: Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7

2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16

2007: Kerry 1-12 Monaghan 1-11

2006: Kerry 3-15 Armagh 1-13

2005: Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18

2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8

2003: Kerry 1-21 Roscommon 3-10

2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12

2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (replay)

2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (draw)

Played 11, Won 9, Drew 1, Lost 1

All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Mayo 1-13 Cork 2-6

Heart and hunger the winners for Mayo

Mayo 1-13 Cork 2-6

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, August 01, 2011

RETAINING All-Ireland titles brings a heavy load but there was something particularly dispiriting about Cork crashing out of the championship yesterday. Like Kerry at the same quarter-final stage last year, they were attempting to win without key personnel. But with the nugget of facing their neighbours on offer, there should have been enough impetus to cross the line. The motivation was there but the fight in the Cork players certainly was gallingly absent as they lost for the first time in the championship in seven years to a team other than the Kingdom. These men who steamrolled a path to the greatest prize last year were the road-kill in yesterday’s second-half, going down to a team that had not won in Croke Park since 2006. When it was put up to them by an ultimately hungrier and more cohesive side, Cork had no answer. Mayo had form for nullifying teams in second-halves albeit with the help of the elements. Galway had been restricted to a solitary point. Roscommon had been held to two.

But Cork? In Croke Park? The All-Ireland champions can now be added to the pile of teams Mayo have shut-out after the half-time break with John Miskella’s 52nd minute fisted point proving to be their only score. Admittedly, they also had six wides and Fintan Goold’s poorly executed goal attempt in the 56th minute after he was put through by Mark Collins was a major turning point. At that stage, Cork had lost the lead for the first time in the game. An Enda Varley free two minutes into the second-half followed by a Rob Hennelly ‘45 brought the sides level, 2-5 to 1-8. Fuelled on momentum and the massive gains they were making in the middle of the park, Alan Dillon finished off Mayo’s best score of the game.

After a number of players had advanced the ball calmly and assuredly down the left wing, the prodigious Cillian O’Connor laid off to Dillon who struck it over with ease. Miskella’s response was absorbed quickly when Keith Higgins sped through before steadying himself and pointing in the 55th minute. What was most disappointing from a Cork point of view was the space and time the corner-back got to take the shot. It put Mayo ahead for the first time — 1-10 to 2-6 — and they didn’t look back. Although Goold had managed to get through, it was obvious even at that early juncture that Cork were running out of ideas.

With their more than deliberate build-up play, Cork were playing into Mayo’s hands. Their power running, which so often compensated for it, never got started. Paddy Kelly, their one true playmaker, was never given the latitude to exert himself on the game but then Cork’s midfield weren’t providing him with much possession either. Unlike last weekend against Down, Donncha O’Connor didn’t get the same level of service and he was finding Tom Cunniffe a sticky marker. At the other end, Michael Shields was finding Andy Moran more than a handful. Indeed, Mayo’s last score in the 65th minute came by way of an O’Connor free after Shields had fouled the Ballaghaderreen man.

Preceding that score, substitute Jason Doherty and O’Connor picked off a point each from play, the net results of some Trojan work around the centre. Granted, Mayo were systematically fouling to keep their foot on Cork’s necks but it was Miskella who lashed out and saw red in the 70th minute to end a torrid day for the champions. And yet it had looked so good for them in the early stages when Mayo were picking up yellow cards — three in the first 24 minutes — and the scores were going over. Ger Cafferkey was the first name to go in Rory Hickey’s book in the fifth minute when he upended O’Connor who couldn’t have tucked away his penalty any better.

The other place-taking O’Connor responded with a free after Moran was fouled by Noel O’Leary. But with Alan O’Connor lording the centre, there was only one team in it. O’Connor and Kerrigan scored from play within seconds of one another and then Goold added a free after Cafferkey illegitimately stopped Fiachra Lynch. Kerrigan then had a goal-bound shot blocked by Higgins but with O’Connor following up with the resultant 45 putting them 1-4 to 0-1 ahead all was looking rosy for Cork. Even when Mayo replied with 1-2 without response, they kept their cool. After an O’Connor free, Kevin McLoughlin tagged on a point and then cut through the Cork cover in the 22nd minute to send the ball hurtling past Alan Quirke and into the net.

Eoin Cadogan and Lynch had been made to look ordinary by the dashing McLoughlin but Cork came up with another of their own when Kerrigan got a glancing touch to a Lynch pass to beat Hennelly three minutes later. But it was Mayo who finished out the half the stronger. Kerrigan’s second point was the only thing Cork had to offer against a couple of O’Connor frees and a point from the brilliant Moran. It did seem at that stage that it was a portent of things to come. But it was.

Scorers for Mayo: C O’Connor 0-6 (5f); K McLoughlin 1-1; A Moran, E Varley (f), R Hennelly (45), A Dillon, K Higgins, J Doherty 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: D O’Connor (1-0 pen, 0-1 45), P Kerrigan 1-2 each; F Goold (f), J Miskella 0-1 each.

Subs for Mayo: J Doherty for Freeman (48); P Gardiner for Freeman (58); R McGarrity for S O’Shea (59); A Campbell for McLoughlin (65); L Keegan for Feeney (71).

Subs for Cork: G Canty for O’Leary (37); M Collins for Lynch (48); N Murphy for A O’Connor (61); D O’Sullivan for Goold (64).

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)

 

Team News

Cork (SFC v Mayo): A Quirke; E Cotter, M Shields, E Cadogan; N O’Leary, J Miskella, P Kissane; A O’Connor, A Walsh; F Goold, P Kelly, P O’Neill; D O’Connor, N Murphy, P Kerrigan.

Mayo (SF v Cork): R Hennelly; K Higgins, G Cafferkey, T Cunniffe; R Feeney, D Vaughan, T Mortimer; A O’Shea, S O’Shea; K McLoughlin, A Dillon, A Moran; E Varley, A Freeman, C O’Connor.

Match Preview

They meet in the championship for the first time since 2002 when Cork won an All-Ireland quarter-final by 0-16 to 1-10. Despite being top counties down through GAA history, they have met rather infrequently in the championship – in fact next Sunday’s will be only the 10th clash between them, with the score standing at 7-2 to Cork from the previous nine. Cork won in 1901-06-07-89-93-99-2002 while Mayo’s two successes came in 1916 when they won the All-Ireland semi-final.

They beat Cork by 1-2 to 0-2 first time out but, following a Cork objection, the match was re-fixed, with Mayo again winning, this time on a 1-2 to 1-1 scoreline. The most recent competitive clash between Mayo and Cork was in the Allianz Football League on April 3 last when Mayo won by 1-13 to 0-14 in Castlebar. Alan Dillon (0-5) and Jason Doherty (1-1) were Mayo’s top scorers while Daniel Goulding (0-7) was Cork’s main marksman.

Cork are back in the quarter-finals for the seventh successive year and for the eighth time in all. Cork have a 100 per cent record, winning all seven previous quarter-finals in 2002-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009-2010. Mayo last reached the quarter-finals in 2009 where they lost to Meath.

Paths to the quarter-final

Mayo

Mayo 0-19 London 2-10 (Connacht quarter-final)

Mayo 1-12 Galway 1-6 (Connacht semi-final)

Mayo 0-13 Roscommon 0-11 (Connacht final)

Average For: 1-16 Average Against: 1-9

Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 (Munster quarter-final)

Cork 5-17 Waterford 2-8 (Munster semi-final)

Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 (Munster final)

Cork 2-20 Down 0-14 (Qualifier Round 4)

Average For: 2-19; Average Against: 1-12

Last five Championship Clashes

2002: Cork 0-16 Mayo 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

1999: Cork 2-12 Mayo 0-12 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1993: Cork 5-15 Mayo 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1989: Cork 0-17 Mayo 1-11 (All-Ireland final)

1916: Mayo 1-2 Cork 1-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Previous Quarter-final appearances

Mayo

2009: Meath 2-15 Mayo 1-15

2006: Mayo 0-14 Laois 0-11 (replay)

2006: Mayo 0-15 Laois 0-15 (draw)

2005: Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18

2004: Mayo 0-16 Tyrone 1-9

2002: Cork 0-16 Mayo 1-10

Played 6, Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 3.

Cork

2010: Cork 1-16 Roscommon 0-10

2009: Cork 1-27 Donegal 2-10

2008: Cork 2-11 Kildare 1-11

2007: Cork 1-11 Sligo 0-8

2006: Cork 1-11 Donegal 1-10

2005: Cork 2-14 Galway 2-11

2002: Cork 0-16 Mayo 1-10

Played 7, Won 7