GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10

Donegal hang on to reach final four

Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final: Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10

Donegal are through to the semi-finals of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship for the second year running after a deserved win over Kerry at Croke Park on Sunday. Colm McFadden hit 1-6 for the Ulster champions, who were comfortably in control of the game, and six points clear with five minutes left, before Kerry staged a dramatic late comeback to set up a thrilling finale to a tense game. Kieran Donaghy snaffled a Kerry goal on 65 minutes, and quickfire scores from Paul Galvin and Anthony Maher left just a point between the sides in added time. Kerry went in search of an equalisier, but Donegal hit the final score of the game, two minutes into added time from the boot of Karl Lacey, to seal their place in the last four, where they will play Cork in on August 26.

Donegal led by 1-4 to 0-5 the break after McFadden hit a fortuitous goal from a sideline ball on six minutes. Jim McGuinness’s side were on top for most of the second half and had Kerry at arm’s length for long periods until the Kingdom came charging back in the closing stages. In the end, despite the late lapse in concentration, Donegal thoroughly deserved the win having given yet another powerful display of disciplined defending and artful, counter-attacking football.

The flair shown in the Ulster final win over Down may have been lacking, but McGuinness was always going to implement a modified gameplan to contain the lethal Kerry attack. They did so in style, with Kerry hitting a string of wides in the second half, while Jack O’Connor’s main tactic of hitting Kieran Donaghy early went largely unrewarded until the final seven minutes. Donegal opened with real intent, their veteran inside forward McFadden getting what would prove to be a very fruitful first half off to the perfect start with a second minute score from play. Kerry’s response was equally impressive, Colm Cooper sending over an equaliser with his first touch of the ball.

However, the game was turned on its head on six minutes when Donegal hit a precious goal. McFadden was credited with it, but luck played a huge part. His long delivery from a sideline ball tempted both Michael Murphy and Aidan O’Mahony to contest the ball on the edge of the square, and when it missed both, Kerry goalkeeper Brenan Keeley was powerless as the ball slipped into the empty net. Murphy then added another point immediately after as Donegal asserted their dominance early on in a brutal battle.

Declan O’Sullivan raised Kerry spirits when he found room and slotted over a score that left a goal between the sides, before Bryan Sheehan added his first score of the day, a free from a narrow angle. Kerry made it three in a row when James O’Donoghue nailed a superb effort. It was a precious score because Donegal were packing their defence and denying Kerry the oxygen of space. They were also uncompromising in the tackle and subjected Kerry to a series of big hits, while their appetite was highlighted when Killian Young was stripped of possession and McFadden clipped the ball over the bar.

Thirteen minutes elapsed before either side would score again, with Darran O’Sullivan replacing Young in the meantime and centre-back Eoin Brosnan forced off with an injury. However, Kerry’s 36th minute point was a telling one and gave them an idea of exactly what they needed to do to break Donegal down. Cooper ran at the Donegal defence and traded passes with Donaghy before slotting over another score. Typically, Donegal had the last say of the first half, with McFadden landing a free to give his side a 1-4 to 0-5 lead. Kerry started the second half with a fine Maher point, but struggled badly in the face of intense Donegal pressure, with a pair of Cooper frees their only reward in the third quarter, as Donegal moved well clear with a string of four unanswered points – including two from McFadden – to leave them 1-11 to 0-8 ahead and seemingly home and dry.

The game was turned on its head when Donaghy touched a Donnchadh Walsh pass to the back of the net on 65 minutes, before Galvin and the excellent Maher added scores to leave just one point between the sides with added time approaching. Kerry went in search of the equaliser, but Patrick Curtin fired wide and Lacey tore up the other end to deliver the fatal blow to Kerry’s hopes.

Donegal Scorers: C McFadden 1-6 (1-0 sl, 0-2f), M Murphy 0-3 (0-2f), L McLoone 0-1, K Lacey 0-1, C Toye 0-1.

Kerry Scorers: C Cooper 0-4 (0-2f), Declan O’Sullivan 0-1, B Sheehan 0-1 (0-1f), J O’Donoghue 0-1, K Donaghy 1-0, A Maher 0-2, P Galvin 0-1.

Donegal: P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, F McGlynn; E McGee, K Lacey, A Thompson; R Bradley, R Kavanagh; R Bradley, R Kavanagh; M McElhinney, L McLoone, M McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.

Subs: David Walsh for McBrearty (28- 32), N Gallagher for M McElhinney (HT), David Walsh for R Bradley (60), C Toye for McLoone (61), D McLaughlin for McBrearty (71),

Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, S Enright; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, K Young; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; J O’Donoghue, C Cooper, K Donaghy.

Subs: B Maguire for Brosnan (25), Darran O’Sullivan for Young (32), J Buckley for Sheehan, K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan (both 46), P Curtin for J O’Donoghue (56),

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

Attendance: 56,191


Fired-up Donegal pull plug on Kingdom

Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner web site

It’s official now — August 5, 2012 will be remembered as the day the music died for this once great Kerry team. Martin Carney may have been premature in his assessment that their song was cut short on June 10 when Cork frogmarched them to the Munster SFC exit but yesterday an authoritative Donegal pulled the plug on Kerry’s record player and while their tune isn’t as sweet it proved the loudest.

With their bench having been emptied in the 56th minute, a desperate Kerry came close to doing almost exactly what Dublin did to them last September and overturn a deficit in the last 10 minutes, they ultimately came up short. Deservedly too. Six points down in the 66th minute, Donnchadh Walsh’s squared hand-pass in the direction of two Donegal defenders left Kieran Donaghy looking more hopeful than anything.

However, the Kerry full-forward managed to palm the ball to the net to narrow the gap to three. Prior to the goal, the sizeable Donegal support in the 56,191 crowd were lapping up what they had anticipated was going to be a famous victory. They eventually got it but they had to watch through fingers as Paul Galvin and then Anthony Maher pointed to leave the bare minimum between the teams. Luck was ridden too as a foul on Walsh in a scoring area was ignored by referee Marty Duffy while Paddy Curtin made a poor fist of an equaliser attempt.

With Kerry stretched in search of a leveller, the excellent Karl Lacey strode forward with ease to give Donegal their insurance point, which was greeted with rapturous applause. So, another Ulster team — the third in five years — had sent Kerry packing from the championship. They could have no qualms with it either. In general play, Donegal were the better team, never going behind in the game, and running at the Kerry defence with purpose to extend their half-time lead of two points to six with five minutes to go.

The only time Kerry were on parity with them came in the fifth minute when Colm Cooper replied to Colm McFadden’s opening score of the game. Seconds later, Kerry’s goal was breached when McFadden’s sideline kick managed to find its way past Brendan Kealy. Michael Murphy proved himself a most useful nuisance in distracting Kealy, even with Aidan O’Mahony in close quarters, and Donegal were handed the start they wanted.

Kerry responded with three points on the trot, Declan O’Sullivan, Bryan Sheehan from a free and then James O’Donoghue, as Donegal went 16 minutes with scoring. McFadden broke that duck in the 23rd minute thanks to a poor Killian Young hand-pass, the Kerry defender finding himself replaced nine minutes later. Before that, Eoin Brosnan was lost to injury and it was Kerry’s turn to go through a scoring famine. Seventeen minutes passed between O’Donoghue’s effort and Cooper’s second but it was an excellent point, the Kerry captain combining with Donaghy to fist over after beginning the move 50 metres out.

However, Donegal saw out the half with the last score via a McFadden long-range free to make it 1-4 to 0-5. With Darran O’Sullivan having entered the fray for Young, Anthony Maher collected a pass from him two minutes into the second half to bring one between the sides. Leo McLoone returned fire after a scintillating Donegal attack involving Paddy McBrearty before Cooper punished a Leon Thompson foul on Darran O’Sullivan. Murphy banged over a free after a dubious foul was called on Marc Ó Sé to push Donegal two clear.

Shortly afterwards, Jack O’Connor made the unusual decision to call Declan O’Sullivan ashore with injured Bryan Sheehan also making way. Psychologically, Donegal must have been delighted to see two All Stars leave the action at the same time. Their football for the following 20 minutes certainly exhibited an increased level of confidence. Murphy pinged a second free, which was matched by one from Cooper, but then Donegal converted four chances without reply.

With Karl Lacey becoming more prominent in attack, McFadden and Paddy McBrearty found their range and then substitute Christy Toye made his first touch count with a point to put Donegal five ahead in the 62nd minute. With Kerry firmly being put on the back, Kieran O’Leary was yellow-carded for fouling David Walsh and McFadden gratefully took advantage.

Donaghy’s goal ended a 15-minute gap to the last Kerry score and it certainly tilted the momentum back in Kerry’s favour. It rocked a team who had previously conceded just two goals in Jim McGuinness’s 10 championship games in charge. But they eventually recovered to seal the victory through Lacey, a victory that could turn out to make one team and break another.

Scorers for Donegal: C McFadden 1-5 (1-0 s/l, 2f), M Murphy 0-3 (2f), L McLoone, C Toye, P McBrearty, K Lacey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper 0-4 (2f), K Donaghy 1-0; A Maher 0-2; Declan O’Sullivan, J O’Donoghue, B Sheehan (1f), P Galvin 0-1 each.

Subs for Donegal: David Walsh for McBrearty (blood 28-32), N Gallagher for McElhinney (h-t), David Walsh for Bradley (60), C Toye for McLoone (61), D McLaughlin for McBrearty (71).

Subs for Kerry: B Maguire for Brosnan (inj, 25), Darran O’Sullivan for Young (32), K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan, J Buckley for Sheehan (inj) (both 46), P Curtin for O’Donoghue (56).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

Team News

Kerry (SFC v Donegal, Corke Park, 4pm Sunday): B Kealy; M O’Se, A O’Mahony, S Enright; T O’Se, E Brosnan, K Young; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, D O’Sullivan, D Walsh; J O’Donoghue, C Cooper, K Donaghy.

Kerry V Donegal past meetings

(Complied by Tim Slattery from Austin Stacks GAA Club Tralee)

Kerry and Donegal have never met in the All Ireland Championship. Next Sunday’s game will the first Championship encounter between the counties. Kerry has played Donegal 17 times in the Allianz League since 1965. Kerry Have won 11 Donegal won 6.

Date Kerry Donegal Venue
11/4/1965 Kerry 3-10 Donegal  1-08 Croke Park Semi Final
20/11/88 Kerry0-11 Donegal 1-10 Tralee
19/11/89 Kerry 0-10 Donegal 0-11 Ballyshannon
25/11/90 Kerry 0-12 Donegal 1-12 Ballyshannon
13/3//94 Kerry 0-11 Donegal 0-09 Tralee
19/3/95 Kerry 0-14 Donegal 0-10 Ballyshannon
2/4/95 Kerry 1-10 Donegal 1-08 Tuam Play Off
26/11/95 Kerry 1-11 Donegal 0-06 Ballyshannon
24/11/96 Kerry 2-09 Donegal 2-07 Tralee
26/3/00 Kerry 2-16 Donegal 0-14 Ballyshannon
4/2/01 Kerry 0-14 Donegal 0-09 Killarney
9/3/03 Kerry 1-12 Donegal 0-08 Ballyshannon
3/3/05 Kerry 1-09 Donegal 1-10 Ballybofey
5/3/07 Kerry 0-13 Donegal 1-15 Letterkenny
2/2/08 Kerry 1-07 Donegal 1-08 Ballybofey
2/2/09 Kerry 2-13 Donegal 0-11 Tralee
11/3/1012 Kerry 2-16 Donegal 1-08 Killarney

Match Preview

A first ever championship game between the counties as Donegal arrive in Croke Park as double Ulster champions for the first time while Kerry used the qualifiers to reach the quarter-finals for a 12th successive season. Their only quarter-final defeat was in 2010 when they lost to Down. Donegal have won two, drawn two and three of their seven previous quarter-final appearances. In fact they drew three times (in normal time) but year’s clash with Kildare went to extra-time, with Donegal winning by a point.

The last competitive clash between the counties was on March 11 last when Kerry won an Allianz League game by 2-16 to 1-8 in Killarney. Bryan Sheehan scored 1-7 for Kerry while Michael Murphy kicked 1-5 for Donegal.

How they got here….


Donegal 1-16 Cavan 1-10 (Ulster preliminary round)

Donegal 2-13 Derry 0-9 (Ulster quarter-final)

Donegal 0-12 Tyrone 0-10 (Ulster semi-final)

Donegal 2-18 Down 0-13 (Ulster final)

Average For: 1-16; Average Against: 0-11


Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster quarter-final)

Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final)

Kerry 2-10 Westmeath 1-12 (Qualifier Round 2)

Kerry 1-16 Tyrone 1-6 (Qualifier Round 3)

Kerry 2-22 Clare 1-6 (Qualifier Round 4)

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

Previous quarter-final appearances


2011: Donegal 1-12 Kildare 0-14 (after extra-time)

2009: Cork 1-27 Donegal 2-10

2006: Cork 1-11 Donegal 1-10

2003: Donegal 0-14 Galway 0-11 (Replay)

2003: Donegal 0-14 Galway 1-11 (Draw)

2002: Dublin 1-14 Donegal 0-7 (Replay)

2002: Dublin 2-8 Donegal 0-14 (Draw)

Played 7, Won 2, Drew 2, Lost 3


2011: Kerry 1-20 Limerick 0-10

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 12, Won 10, Drew 1, Lost 1

GAA Football All Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-9 Roscommon 0-11

Kerry boys escape as Roscommon fail to seal deal

Report from the Irish Times web site

Kerry 1-9 Roscommon 0-11: KERRY ESCAPED with victory by the skin of their teeth, but Roscommon must be wondering how they failed to win.

They kept Kerry to just one point in 24 second-half minutes, but crucially, Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s boys found the net with the last kick of the first half to lead 1-5 to 0-5. Roscommon flew out at the start of the second half and were soon level as Diarmuid Murtagh and Ruaidhri McManus converted frees and Kevin Finn hit the target from play. Three frees from Jack Savage restored Kerry’s lead and Niall Sheehy and Philip Neilan were both sent off for second yellow card offences. Thomas Corcoran hit two frees from distance as Roscommon made one final push.

KERRY: G Curran; P O’Connor, G Crowley, C Ó Lúing; B Crowley (1-0), R Murphy, G Horan; K Murphy, J Barry; D Foran, J Savage (0-4, 4f) C Fitzgerald (0-2); D Carmody, N Sheehy (0-3, 1f), C Keane. Subs: S Moloney for Carmody (46); G O’Sullivan for Barry (54).

ROSCOMMON: S Mannion; P Neilan, D Barron, C Kenny; R Daly, C Hussey, N McInerney; U Harney, T Corcoran (0-2, 2f); K Kilcline, E Smith (0-2), R McManus (0-1, 1f); D Murtagh (0-4, 2f), K Finn (0-2), M Gunning. Subs: L Kilcline for Barron (24); B Fannon for McInerney (51); D Feely for Finn (53); Finn for Gunning (58).

Referee: D Gough (Meath).


Kerry through to Minor semi-final

Report from the web site

Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final: Kerry 1-9 Roscommon 0-11

Kerry had to hang on in the closing stages of their Minor Football Championship clash with Roscommon before emerging 1-9 to 0-11 winners. The Kingdom got off to a fine start with points from Jack Savage and Niall Sheehy but Roscommon, through Kevin Finn and the impressive Enda Smith, soon levelled matters.

The Rossies then missed a golden goal chance when Gavin Curran saved a penalty from Diarmuid Murtagh. Sheehy made them rue the miss further he he landed a free to put Kerry ahead again. The sides traded points, Smith for Roscommon and Cillian Fitzgerald for Kerry, but Murtagh redeemed himself somewhat by kicking two points in succession.

Fitzgerald made it five points apiece before the break but the scoring was not yet done. David Foran seized the ball when it comes down off the upright and fed wing-back Brian Crowley. His low drive was good enough for s three-pointer. Murtagh, Kevin Finn and Ruaidhri McManus scored at the start of the second half to wipe out Kerry’s lead and came close to getting a goal of their own before Sheehy put his team clear again.

A Murtagh free tagged them back but Savage responded. Kerry were then reduced to 14 men as Sheehy picked up his second yellow card but Philip Neil from Roscommon soon followed him. Two Savage frees gave Kerry breathing room but a Thomas Corcoran score from the placed ball, which was soon followed by another fine point, made for a tense finish. Ultimately, the Rossies could not manufacture a clearing chance for the equaliser and Kerry won. They will face either Dublin or Monaghan in the semi finals.

Kerry Scorers: Brian Crowley 1-0, Jack Savage 0-4 (0-4f), Niall Sheehy 0-3 (0-1f), Cillian Fitzgerald 0-2.

Roscommon Scorers: Diarmuid Murtagh 0-4 (0-2f), Enda Smith, Thomas Corcoran (0-2f), Kevin Finn 0-2 each, Ruaidhri McManus 0-1 (0-1f).

Roscommon: Shane Mannion; Philip Neilan, Dennis Barron, Cathal Kenny; Niall McInerney, Conor Hussey, Ronan Daly; Ultan Harney, Thomas Corcoran; Kieran Kilcline, Enda Smiwth, Ruaidhri McManus; Diarmuid Murtagh, Kevin Finn, Michael Gunning.

Subs: Liam Kilcline for Denis Barron, Brian Fannon for Niall McInerney, Dara Feely for Kevin Finn, Kevin Finn for Michael Gunning.

Kerry: Gavin Curran; Cathal O Lúing, Gavin Crowley, Patrick O’Connor ; Brian Crowley, Jack Barry, Greg Horan; Kieran Murphy, Ronan Murphy; David Foran, Jack Savage, Cillian Fitzgerald; Darragh Carmody, Niall Sheehy, Conor Keane.

Subs: Sean Moloney for Darragh Carmody, Gary O’Sullivan for Jack Barry.

Referee: David Gough (Meath)


Rossies ‘sick’ after Kingdom stunner

Kerry 1-09 Roscommon 0-11

By Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A relieved Mickey Ned O’Sullivan admitted Roscommon would be feeling “sick” after Kerry edged an entertaining All-Ireland MFC quarter-final at Croke Park. The Connacht champions wasted numerous scoring chances, particularly in the first-half, but Kerry gradually got themselves into it and their “more efficient” work in attack that got them through. The Connacht champions should have had three goals inside the opening nine minutes and shot 12 wides, many from good positions. They kept Kerry to just one point in 24 second-half minutes, but, crucially, O’Sullivan’s boys found the net with the last kick of the first-half to lead 1-5 to 0-5.

Jack Savage slotted an easy free for Kerry from the game’s first attack, but Roscommon were the dominant side early on. The high-fielding Thomas Corcoran was outstanding in the middle and Roscommon were able to break through the Kerry defence at will in the opening quarter. The beaten Munster finalists were struggling to cope with their opponents’ pressure game and power-running and Enda Smith had two efforts on goal blocked – one spectacularly on the line – before Michael Gunning crashed a shot off the crossbar. Niall Sheehy pointed to put Kerry two clear, but Roscommon were level very quickly courtesy of Enda Smith and Kevin Finn.

Diarmuid Murtagh was looking dangerous at corner-forward for Roscommon and he was fouled by Kerry goalkeeper, Gavin Curran for a penalty in the eighth minute. Curran redeemed himself by diving to his right to save Murtagh’s low kick. Kerry were unable to get Sheehy into the play and he was soon moved to centre-forward. He pointed a free after being fouled but it was nip and tuck, the sides level on 0-5 apiece when wing-back Brian Crowley goaled. Roscommon flew out at the start of the second-half and were level by the 38th minute as Murtagh and McManus converted frees and Finn hit the target from play after fine work by Conor Hussey.

Kerry finally ended their barren spell courtesy of Sheehy, after good industry by Conor Keane. Just minutes earlier, Keane had a blistering shot saved by Shane Mannion as Roscommon appeared to be running out of steam. Three frees from Savage helped stretch the margin to three and Sheehy and Philip Neilan were both sent off for second yellow card offences. Corcoran launched two frees from distance as Roscommon made one final push, but Smith shot wide from the last chance of the game and Kerry prevailed.

“Roscommon could be sick,” said O’Sullivan. “In the first-half, they had a lot of the ball and we were still hanging in there. It took us a while to get to the pace of the game but after 15 minutes, we began to control the middle of the field. “They were always going to come at us again, but I liked the fact we went again. I felt we could win it at 40% of possession because we had the forwards to punish them. O’Sullivan feels his charges will benefit from the game, and in particular from having the experience of competing at Croke Park. “Conditions were very difficult for both teams. If you tried anything elaborate at all… It didn’t suit our style of football but this was a very good Roscommon team and their shooting let them down. We were more efficient with our possession. It’s a relief to be this far and anything else now is a bonus.”

Scorers for Kerry: J Savage 0-4(fs); N Sheehy 0-3(1f); B Crowley 1-0, C Fitzgerald 0-2.Scorers for Roscommon: D Murtagh 0-4(2fs); K Finn, E Smith, T Corcoran(fs) 0-2 each; R McManus 0-1(f).

KERRY: G Curran; P O’Connor, G Crowley, C Ó Lúing; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; K Murphy, J Barry; D Foran, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; D Carmody, N Sheehy, C Keane.

Subs: S Moloney for Carmody (46); Gary O’Sullivan for Barry (54).

ROSCOMMON: S Mannion; P Neilan, D Barron, C Kenny; R Daly, C Hussey, N McInerney; U Harney, T Corcoran; K Kilcline, E Smith, R McManus; D Murtagh, K Finn, M Gunning.

Subs: L Kilcline for Barron inj (24); B Fannon for McInerney (51); D Feely for Finn (53); Finn for Gunning (58).

Referee: D Gough (Meath)

Team News

Kerry (MFC v Roscommon) – 1 Gavin Curran (Daingean Uí Chúis) 2 Cathal O Lúing (An Ghaeltacht). 3 Gavin Crowley (Templenoe) 4 Patrick O Connor (Daingean Uí Chúis) 5 Brian Crowley (Templenoe) 6 Jack Barry (Na Gaeil) 7 Greg Horan (Austin Stacks.) 8 Kieran Murphy (Kilcummin) 9 Ronan Murphy (Beaufort) 10 David Foran (St. Senan’s) 11 Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) 12 Cillian Fitzgerald (Churchill) 13 Darragh Carmody ( Na Gaeil) 14 Niall Sheehy (John Mitchel’s) 15. Conor Keane (Killarney Legion)

The Substitutes are as follows: 16 . Stephen Cahillane (Keel) 17 Gavin O’Shea (Dr Crokes) 18 Shane O’Connor ( John Mitchel’s) 19 Sean Moloney (John Mitchel’s) 20 Gary O’Sullivan ( Listry) 21 Evan Doyle (Ballyduff) 22. Denis Daly St .Mary’s 23 Martin Tierney Kerins O’Rahillys. 24 Gerald O’Sullivan Tarbert

Bainisteóir: Mickey Ned O’Sullivan(Kenmare)

Selectors : John O’ Keeffe (Austin Stacks) and Peter Keane (St. Mary’s)

Physical Trainer: Ross Corbett,

Coach: Peter O Brien

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Cork 2-19 Kildare 0-12

Superb Cork ease into last four

Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final: Cork 2-19 Kildare 0-12

Cork eased into the semi-finals of the 2012 GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship with an impressive 13-point defeat of Kildare at Croke Park on Sunday. An own goal by Kildare’s Eoin Doyle and a well-worked effort by Colm O’Neill helped the Rebels to a 2-5 to 0-3 lead after just 18 minutes, before the Lilywhites came thundering back and hit the final five points of the second half to trail by three, 0-8 to 2-5, at the break.

However, Kildare meekly surrendered the momentum they had fought so hard for at the start of the second half, and Cork hit a quite remarkable 10 points in a row to take complete control of the game. Cork had the luxury of missing a couple of glorious goal chances in the second half, while Kildare were reduced to 14 men after 53 minutes, when Doyle’s miserable afternoon ended with a second yellow card. Cork never relented and ruthlessly exposed Kildare’s manifest deficiencies to record a superb win which sets them up nicely for their semi-final on August 26.

Kildare made the ideal start and were 0-2 to 0-0 ahead after four minutes, a Mikey Conway free and a Rob Kelly score from play their reward for dictating the tempo early on. However, Cork were level by the 10th minute, with Paudie Kissane opening their account with a trademark point from play after a surging run out of defence, before Colm O’Neill nailed his first free of the game in fine style. Further converted placed balls from Aidan Walsh and Donncha O’Connor have the Rebels a 0-5 to 0-3, before the Munster champions hit Kildare for two goals in a crazy three-minute spell.

The first was a killer. Paul Kerrigan turned over the ball and drove at the Kildare defence before unleashing a stinging shot which Shane Connolly blocked superbly. But the rebound cruelly hit wing-back Doyle and spilled into the unguarded net. Cork landed another sucker punch in the 18th minute, with Colm O’Neill doing superbly to reach a loose ball and play in Nicholas Murphy with a clever pass. Murphy unselfishly played O’Neill back in and the Ballyclough man had the simple task of fisting the ball to an empty net.

Already eight points down, Kildare’s pre-match plans were in tatters. Manager Kieran McGeeney responded by bringing Daryl Flynn into an overwhelmed midfield and the move paid immediate dividends. An Alan Smith point from play stopped the rot, before Eoghan O’Flaherty drilled a free over to leave six in it. However, it was the score Smith hit on the half hour mark that really gave the Lilywhites some much-needed momentum. Morgan O’Flaherty won a great ball in defence and fed the always dangerous Tomás O’Connor, who in turn found Smith for a brilliant point.

John Doyle was central to the Kildare fightback and he added another from play, before Hugh McGrillen popped up from defence just before the break to strike his side’s fifth in succession, which left them trailing by 2-5 to 0-8 at half-time. The whistle came at exactly the wrong time for Kildare, as they had just seized the momentum, and when the game restarted, it was Cork who took over once again. Kildare had a couple of early chances but both were driven wide. Cork made no such mistakes when they opened the second half scoring through Daniel Goulding in the 43rd minute, the Éire Óg clubman finishing after superb work by Eoin Cadogan and Canty.

Kerrigan added another, before the quicksilver Nemo Rangers man spurned a glorious goal chance, his drilled shot forcing a fine save from Connolly, the Kildare goalkeeper. Donncha O’Connor drilled over the resultant 45. Kildare’s capitulation was complete at this stage, and it was underlined when Walsh waltzed through their defence and blasted a shot over the bar when he really should have hit the back of the net to leave his side 2-9 to 0-8 ahead.

The game was over as a contest when Doyle, who was so unlucky to score an own goal in the first half, was sent off after picking up a second yellow card. Already struggling, Doyle’s dismissal heaped further misery on McGeeney’s side. By now, the Rebels were in cruise control and clipping over scores at will, with Walsh, Kerrigan and Kissane all adding to their tallies as Cork racked up 10 points in a row before John Doyle finally hit Kildare’s first score of the second half in the 61 minutes. However, it was all remarkably one-sided as Cork weren’t even required to hit top gear such was the paucity of the Lilywhites’ challenge.

Cork Scorers: P Kissane 0-2, A Walsh 0-3 (0-1f), F Goold 0-1, P Kerrigan 0-2, C O’Neill 1-3 (0-2f), D O’Connor 0-4(0-2 45, 0-1f), D Goulding 0-2, P O’Neill 0-2, E Doyle 1-0 (OG).

Kildare Scorers: H McGrillen 0-1, M Conway 0-1 (0-1f), R Kelly 0-1, E O’Flaherty 0-1, A Smith 0-4 (0-3f), J Doyle 0-3 (0-2f), D Earley 0-1.

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; P Kissane, G Canty, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, A Walsh; F Goold, C Sheehan, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, N Murphy. Subs: P Kelly for C Sheehan (34), P O’Neill for A O’Connor (39), D Goulding for N Murphy (42), J O’Sullivan for R Carey (47), D O’Sullivan for Canty (62).

Kildare: S Connolly, O Lyons, P Kelly, H McGrillen, E Bolton, M O’Flaherty, E Doyle, M Foley, R Kelly, E O’Flaherty, M Conway, J Doyle, A Smith, T O’Connor, J Kavanagh. Subs: Daryl Flynn for R Kelly (20), P O’Neill for M Foley, F Dowling for M Conway (both 46), S Johnston for E O’Flaherty (50), D Earley for T O’Connor (56), Lynch for D Earley (70, temp).

Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan)


Rebels get over rustiness and cut loose

Kildare 0-12 Cork 2-19

By Brendan O’Brien, Croke Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Kieran McGeeney’s Kildare have been caught with their pants down now and again in the league – Derry and Down have both handed them 11-point hidings in Newbridge – but this was unprecedented in five years of championship campaigns under the Armagh man. So, kudos to Cork for that, but 13-point canters in August are about as much use as one-sided cruises in February when it comes to the business of preparing sides for the white heat of an All-Ireland semi-final against an opponent such as Donegal. Boil this one down and Cork were put to the pin of their collar for no more than a 15-minute spell prior to the break and maybe another five after it. And all this eight, long weeks after their one and only truly competitive run-out, against Kerry, this summer. In fairness, it showed at times.

Though they purred towards the final whistle, the first-half was one in which both sides struggled to mould the game into anything approaching a pattern thanks to a plethora of spilled balls and some wayward passing. Cork’s rustiness was understandable, Kildare’s less so given they had once again emerged into the last eight via a consistent run of games through the back door against Cavan, Limerick and then Sligo eight days previously. No, more worrying for Conor Counihan was his side’s failure to claim a single score between the 19th and 43rd minutes, but they were at least fortunate to have had Lady Luck on their side at two crucial moments before the drought kicked in. Donncha O’Connor had just handed the Munster champions their fourth point and first lead when Paul Kerrigan fashioned a one-on-one with Kildare goalkeeper Shane Connolly, whose save rebounded off the legs of Eoin Doyle and into the net.

Within five minutes, Kildare had been dealt another dodgy hand when a breaking ball bounced kindly for Colm O’Neill. In fairness, the forward made the most of it by means of a one-two with O’Connor which presented the Ballyclough man with a simple touch to the rigging. Both scores were preceded by debated moments: the first when Eoghan O’Flaherty was penalised for what was Adjudged as a clean pick-up off the ground and the second by a sideline ball that possibly should have been awarded in Kildare’s favour. Kildare have been hurt by more glaring injustices in recent years, but there was time to recover yesterday. With less than 20 minutes played, McGeeney introduced Daryl Flynn into the midfield and the switch kickstarted the Leinster side’s most productive spell.

Suddenly, balls were played in fast and low to Tomas O’Connor at full-forward and the more direct approach harvested five successive points from a Cork rearguard that had become accustomed to a more laboured handpassing approach. The temptation is to surmise that the interval intervened, yet Kildare returned in much the same mood only to spill their momentum on a handful of wides that could have shaved the half-time deficit from three points to one.

And then, just as suddenly, the game turned again. As was the case in the first period, it swung, coincidentally or not, on events initiated on the sideline with Counihan sending Pearse O’Neill and Daniel Goulding on for Alan O’Connor and Nicholas Murphy. Goulding wasn’t on the pitch more than a minute before he ended his side’s alarming stagnation on the scoreboard and little could anyone know then that Kildare were already a third of the way through a barren spell of their own that would almost stretch half-an-hour. Another nine points followed in succession and, had Cork been of a mind to do so, they could have cashed half of them in for goals instead such was the ease with which they sauntered through a dissolving Kildare back line.

Aidan Walsh’s point, when he ran unmolested from midfield through to the Kildare penalty area before tipping over a languid point after 49 minutes, was the most obvious example of how uncompetitive the game became in what was really the blink of an eye. McGeeney said later it was a case of his players vacating their posts in search of the scores that would propel them back into contention but it looked more like a case of a team, individually and collectively, abandoning hope. That they finished the last 15 minutes with just 14 men was a moot point as Kildare were eight points adrift by the time the unfortunate Eoin Doyle saw his day brought to a premature end with a second yellow card. The gut feeling is Cork ended the game with a better team than the one that started, but who can say for sure given Kildare’s surrender? We’ve waited this long to have our curiosity satisfied with this Cork team. Three more weeks won’t hurt.

Scorers for Kildare: A Smith 0-4 (1f), J Doyle 0-3 (1f), H McGrillen, R Kelly, E O’Flaherty (f), M Conway (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill 1-3 (2fs), D O’Connor 0-4 (2 45s, 1f), E Doyle (1-0 own goal), A Walsh 0-3 (1f), P Kissane, P Kerrigan, P O’Neill, D Goulding 0-2 each, F Goold 0-1.

Subs for Kildare: D Flynn for Kelly (20), P O’Neill for Foley (47), F Dowling for Conway (47), S Johnston for E O’Flaherty (50), D Early for O’Connor (56).

Subs for Cork: P Kelly for Sheehan (34), P O’Neill for A O’Connor (40), D Goulding for Murphy (42), J O’Sullivan for Carey (47), D O’Sullivan for Canty (62).

Referee: K McQuillan (Cavan)

Team News

Cork (SFC v Kildare, Croke Park, 2pm Sunday): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; P Kissane, G Canty, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, A Walsh; F Goold, C Sheehan, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, N Murphy

Kildare (SFC v Cork, Croke Park, 2pm Sunday): : S Connolly; O Lyons, P Kelly, H McGrillen; E Bolton, M O’Flaherty, E Doyle; M Foley, R Kelly; E O’Flaherty, M Conway, A Smith; J Doyle (capt.), T O’Connor, J Kavanagh

Match Preview

This will be only the fourth clash between Cork and Kildare in championship history. They last met in the 2008 quarter-final when Cork won by 2-11 to 1-11 after Kildare staged a great recovery, having trailed by 2-3 to 0-0 after 20 minutes. Prior to that, they met in the 1956 All-Ireland semi-final which Cork won by 0-9 to 0-5. The first championship meeting between the counties was in 1928 when Kildare won an All-Ireland semi-final by 3-7 to 0-2 en route to what was their last All-Ireland success. Cork have only had two championship games so far this year, beating Kerry and Clare to win the Munster championship while Kildare used a familiar route to the quarter-finals, emerging through the qualifiers for a fifth successive season.

How they got here…

Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final)

Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13 (Munster final)

Average For: 1-18 Average Against: 0-13


Kildare 0-19 Offaly 0-6 (Leinster quarter-final)

Meath 1-17 Kildare 1-11 (Leinster semi-final)

Kildare 3-20 Cavan 1-9 (Qualifier Round 2)

Kildare 0-19 Limerick 0-12 (Qualifier Round 3) after extra-time

Kildare 0-13 Sligo 0-4 (Qualifier Round 4)

Average For: 1-15; Average Against: 0-11

Previous quarter-final appearances


2011: Mayo 1-13 Cork 2-6

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 8, Won 7, Lost 1.


2008: Cork 2-11 Kildare 0-11

2009: Tyrone 0-16 Kildare 1-11

2010: Kildare 2-17 Meath 1-12

2011: Donegal 1-12 Kildare 0-14 (after extra-time)

Played 4, Won 1, Lost 3