Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 1-11 Derry 1-6

Kerry defeated Derry by 1-11 to 1-6 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 23rd at Croke Park.

Kerry remain on course to retain minor title

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Semi-Final: Kerry 1-11 Derry 1-6

By Brian Murphy at Croke Park for GAA.ie

All-Ireland champions Kerry remain on course to retain their title after an excellent five-point defeat of Derry at Croke Park on Sunday.

Jack O’Connor’s charges delivered a measured, polished performance to see off the challenge of a Derry side that struggled to cope with the tough conditions and the quality of Kerry’s attacking play. Corner forward Michael Foley was the star of the show for the Kingdom, scoring 1-3 from play, including a vital goal in the 37th minute, just four minutes after Derry had blown the game wide open with a freak goal from Conor Maunsell just after the break.

Kerry led by 0-6 to 0-3 at half-time, and but for a period at the start of the second half when Maunsell’s goal had them in trouble, O’Connor’s young men were the better side, their superb defensive display showing all the hallmarks of a side managed the three-time All-Ireland winning senior boss.

Kerry got to grips with the torrid conditions first and were 0-3 to 0-0 ahead after just five minutes. Conor Geaney, Michael Foley and the impressive John Mark Foley all hit the target for the Kingdom in that spell. Shane McGuigan’s free in the seventh minute had the Ulster champions up and running, but they struggled to contain the defending All-Ireland champions in the first quarter.

Efficient in possession and by far the more impressive side, Kerry kicked on with further scores from Geaney and John Mark Foley, who was having a fine game in midfield. Derry finally established a foothold in the game around the middle of the half, and they might well have snaffled a goal on 21 minutes, but Francis Kearney fisted the ball over the bar after a mishit shot flashed across the goal.
McGuigan cut the gap to two with another free for Derry, but Damian McErlain failed to get the rewards their efforts deserved, and Kerry led by 0-6 to 0-3 at the break when John Mark Foley kicked his third point from play in the 27th minute.

Maunsell hit Kerry with a bombshell within three minutes of the restart, his booming shot from long-range catching Kerry goalkeeper Billy Courtney off guard and floating to the back of the net. Derry were level, but Kerry hit back with a goal of their own on 37 minutes, Andrew Barry splitting the Derry defence with a searing run and before Conor Geaney set up Michael Foley with the simple finish.

Derry had the gap back to three in the 49th minute when Conor Glass kicked a free, but they had lost Shane McGuigan to a black card a minute earlier and it was always going to be an uphill task from there. Kerry kicked late points through Michael Foley and Conor Geaney to seal an excellent win to set up a shot at becoming the first side to retain the minor title since Laois did it in 1996 and 1997.
Scorers for Kerry: Michael Foley 1-3, John Mark Foley 0-3, Conor Geaney 0-5 (0-3f).

Scorers for Derry: Conor Maunsell 1-0, Shane McGuigan 0-2 (0-1f), Francis Kearney 0-2, Conor Glass 0-1 (0-1f), Niall McAtamney 0-1 (0-1 45).

KERRY: Billy Courtney; Darren Brosnan, Jason Foley, Jack Morgan; Gavin White, Mike Breen, Daniel O’Brien; Andrew Barry, John Mark Foley; Brian Ó Seancháin, Seán O’Shea, Brandon Barrett; Micheal Foley, Bryan Sweeney, Conor Geaney. Subs: Tom Sullivan for Gavin White (16-18), Tom O’Sullivan for Darren Brosnan and Mark O’Connor for Mike Breen (both 39), Stephen O’Sullivan for Brandon Barrett (45), Evan Cronin for Seán O’Shea (56).

DERRY: Callum Mullan-Young; Niall Keenan, Conor McGrogan, Conor Maunsell; Oisín Duffin, Michael McEvoy, Eoghan Concannon; Patrick Kearney, Jack Doherty; Patrock Coney, Shea Downey, Conor Glass; Tiarnan Flanagan, Francis Kearney, Shane McGuigan. Subs: Niall McAtamney for Patrick Kearney (HT), Gearoid McLuaghlin for Oisin Duffin (35), Fergal Higgins for Conor Maunsell and Barry Grant for Patrick Coney (both 41), Seamus Higgins for Shane McGuigan (48, BC).

Referee: Jerome Henry (Mayo)

Fixture Details

23.08.2015 (Sun)
Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:30
Ciarraí v Doire
Referee: Jerome Henry (Maigh Eo)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Derry in the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Football Championship Semi Final in Croke Park on Sunday next shows one personnel and a number of positional changes from the side that defeated Sligo in the Quarter Final – Spa’s Michael Foley regains his place in the full forward line at the expense of Stephen O’Sullivan. Team Captain, Mark O’Connor, who missed the Quarter Final due to injury, is named among the substitutes.

The team, captained by Dingle’s Conor Geaney, is as follows:

1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. Darren Brosnan Gneeveguilla
3. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4. Jack Morgan Austin Stacks
5. Gavin White Dr. Crokes
6. Mike Breen Beaufort
7. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
8. Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
9. John Mark Foley Kilgarvan
10. Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
12. Brandon Barrett Ardfert
13. Michael Foley Spa
14. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
15. Conor Geaney (C) Dingle

Fir Ionaid

16. Eoghan O’Brien Churchill
17. Mark O’Connor Dingle
18. Stephen O’Sullivan Templenoe
19. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
20. Ronan Buckley Listry
21. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
22. Dara O’Shea Kenmare
23. Evan Cronin Spa
24. James Duggan John Mitchels

All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final – Kerry 0-18 Tyrone 1-11

Kerry defeated Tyrone by 0-18 to 1–11 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 23rd at Croke Park.

Kerry absorb Tyrone comeback to reach final

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final: Kerry 0-18 Tyrone 1-11

By Paul Keane at Croke Park for GAA.ie

All-Ireland title holders Kerry showed the hallmark of champions at Croke Park as they stifled a thrilling Tyrone comeback with a storming finish themselves to book their place in next month’s final.

Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s side battled their way to a five-point lead with 13 minutes remaining and looked set to comfortably seal a final date with Dublin or Mayo next month. But 1-2 from Tyrone in the space of just five minutes including a 60th minute Peter Harte penalty conversion tied up the scores in remarkable fashion.

The Red Hands couldn’t push on from there though and were outscored by four points to no score in the remaining minutes as Kerry advanced impressively. Footballer of the Year James O’Donoghue top scored with four points but it was a strong team performance overall from the Munster champions.

Sub Paul Geaney delivered three points and two within that late really while Barry John Keane also came off the bench to fire the game’s last score. The contest was all that the neutrals hoped it would be as two old rivals returned to Croke Park to reprise their 2005 and 2008 All-Ireland final ties.

Kerry memorably blasted seven goals past Kildare in the quarter-finals but were never likely to enjoy such gains against a Tyrone side that hadn’t conceded a goal since May. Tyrone typically defended in numbers and played a counter-attacking strategy that they have fine tuned over five games since being knocked out of the Ulster championship.

But it didn’t take away from a tense and enjoyable encounter that ebbed and flowed from end to end at a high pace. Tyrone navigated all four rounds of the qualifier system before seeing off Monaghan and returned to Croke Park with confidence and momentum.

They hit the ground running with two Darren McCurry points in the first three minutes. But Kerry would respond in kind with back-to-back Johnny Buckley points, indicating the sort of tit-for-tat encounter that lay in store. It was thrilling at times as both teams probed for weaknesses. Marc Ó Sé was black carded in the 15th minute for what was deemed a cynical trip on Tyrone corner-forward Connor McAliskey.

The sides were level three times in the half before a great catch and left footed point from Kieran Donaghy nudged Kerry 0-8 to 0-7 clear at the break. It was Donaghy’s last act as he was replaced by Geaney. Colm Cooper was relatively quiet too though came to life with back-to-back points after the restart. Sub Geaney fisted one over too as Kerry moved 0-11 to 0-8 clear.

Kerry were on top in this third quarter of the game and troubled Tyrone each time they ran at them. Donnchadh Walsh opened his account with a neat 48th minute score and O’Donoghue added a free. With 20 minutes to go, Kerry led 0-13 to 0-9 and looked well in control. Tyrone lost Ronan McNamee to a 56th minute black card for lunging wildly at the onrushing Cooper. O’Donoghue converted the free to leave Kerry five up, 0-14 to 0-9.

But any hopes of coasting over the winning line were dashed by that incredible Tyrone recovery which forced Kerry to dig deep in a gripping finale.
Scorers for Kerry: James O’Donoghue 0-4 (0-3f, 0-1 45), Johnny Buckley 0-3, Paul Geaney 0-3 (0-1f), Stephen O’Brien 0-2, Colm Cooper 0-2 (0-1f), Donnchadh Walsh 0-1, Anthony Maher 0-1, Kieran Donaghy 0-1, BJ Keane 0-1.

Scorers for Tyrone: Peter Harte 1-0 (1-0 pen), Darren McCurry 0-3 (0-1f), Mark Bradley 0-2, Connor McAliskey 0-2, Ronan McNabb 0-1, Niall Morgan 0-1 (0-1f), Mattie Donnelly 0-1, Colm Cavanagh 0-1.

KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Paul Murphy, Marc O Se, Shane Enright; Killian Young, Peter Crowley, Jonathan Lyne; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Donnchadh Walsh, Johnny Buckley, Stephen O’Brien; Colm Cooper, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Fionn Fitzgerald for O’Se (black card, 16), Paul Geaney for Donaghy (h/t), Bryan Sheehan for Moran (55), Darran O’Sullivan for O’Brien (60), Aidan O’Mahony for Crowley (62), Barry John Keane for Walsh (70).

TYRONE: Niall Moran; Ronan McNamee, Justin McMahon, Cathal McCarron; Tiernan McCann, Ronan McNabb, Aidan McCrory; Colm Cavanagh, Mattie Donnelly; Mark Bradley, Peter Harte, Conor Meyler; Darren McCurry, Sean Cavanagh, Connor McAliskey
Subs: €‹Padraig McNulty for Meyler (47), Barry Tierney for McCrory (55), Conor Clarke for McNamee (black card, 56), Ronan O’Neill for McCurry (66).

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois).

Attendance: 53,044

Fixture Details

23.08.2015 (Sun)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:30
Ciarraí v Tír Eoghain
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Team News

Kerry team: Brendan Kealy, Paul Murphy, Marc Ó Sé, Shane Enright, Jonathan Lyne, Peter Crowley, Killian Young, Anthony Maher, David Moran, Stephen O’Brien, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh, Colm Cooper, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue
Substitutes: Brian Kelly, Aidan O’Mahony, Bryan Sheehan, Paul Geaney, Barry John Keane, Darran O’Sullivan, Fionn Fitzgerald, Paul Galvin, Tommy Walsh, Pa Kilkenny, Alan Fitzgerald

Tyrone team: Niall Morgan, Aidan McCrory, Ronan McNamee, Cathal McCarron, Ronan McNabb, Justin McMahon, Peter Harte, Colm Cavanagh, Matthew Donnelly, Tiernan McCann, Mark Bradley, Conor Meyler, Darren McCurry, Sean Cavanagh, Connor McAliskey
Substitutes: Michael O’Neill, Lee Brennan, Rory Brennan, Conor Clarke, Richard Donnelly, Danny McBride, Conall McCann, Joe McMahon, Padraig McNulty, Ronan O’Neill, Barry Tierney