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Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 2-17 Donegal 1-17
Kerry defeated Donegal by 2-17 to 1-17 in Round 1 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday February 5th at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.
Kerry prevail in Letterkenny on the back of Paul Geaney tour de force: https://t.co/KcjA1Ub9we
— Irish Examiner Sport (@ExaminerSport) February 5, 2017
Geaney brace key as Kerry start with menace
Report By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Donegal 1-17 Kerry 2-17
Kerry claimed their first opening league win since 2012, their first in Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s reign, with an utterly convincing display in Letterkenny.
The majority of the 6,329 crowd were left disappointed but there was plenty to admire from the visiting team’s performance particularly from David Moran and Paul Geaney who collected 2-4. The full-forward line of Geaney, James O’Donoghue and Jack Savage helped themselves to a tasty 2-10, 2-7 from play.
The game was truly up as a contest in the 44th minute when Geaney claimed his second goal courtesy of some great foot-passing and quick thinking involving Moran that originated from a Kerry kick-out. The score put them nine up and out of touch for a youthful Donegal outfit that put a better complexion on the scoreboard by the end.
Kerry weren’t first on the mark but they were much the better in the opening quarter despite losing Shane Enright to a serious-looking injury, which required several minutes of attention. Savage sent over a brace of points after it and Enright’s replacement Jack Barry added another in the 19th minute.
Donegal responded with a Michael Murphy free before Martin O’Reilly was fouled in the penalty area after a sparkling run in the 23rd minute. Murphy converted the penalty and Donegal were up but only briefly as Geaney found the net at the other end a minute later when Barry found him in space.
Donnchadh Walsh sent over his second point shortly afterwards and Kerry were three up and full value for it give the damage they were causing down Donegal’s right flank while Paddy McBrearty found himself isolated on too many occasions.
Ciaran Thompson brought Donegal within two points but Kerry were excellent in the seven additional minutes due to the earlier lengthy stoppage, kicking five points without reply. Murphy added a free to leave it 1-11 to 1-5 going into at half-time but the writing was on the wall.
Scorers for Donegal: M. Murphy (1-3, 1-0 pen, 0-3 frees); P. McBrearty (0-4, 3 frees); C. Thompson (0-3); D. O’Connor (0-2); M. Reilly, E. McHugh, P. Brennan, R. McHugh, C. Gibbons (0-1 each).
Scorers for Kerry: P. Geaney (2-4, 0-2 frees); J. O’Donoghue, J. Savage (1 free) (0-3 each); D. Walsh (0-2); J. Barry, T. O’Sullivan, J. Lyne, D. Moran, P. Murphy (0-1 each).
DONEGAL: M.A. McGinley; P. McGrath, C. Ward, E. Bán Gallagher; F. McGlynn, R. McHugh, P. Brennan; J. McGee, H. McFadden; M. O’Reilly, M. Langan, C. Thompson; P. McBrearty, M. Murphy (c), J. Brennan
Subs for Donegal: E. McHugh for F. McGlynn (26); C. Gibbons for M. Langan (42); D. O’Connor for J. Brennan (47); E. Doherty for P. McGrath (inj 50); E. O’Donnell for M. O’Reilly (inj 57)
KERRY: B. Kelly; J. Foley, M. Griffin, S. Enright; K. Young, P. Crowley (c), T. O’Sullivan; D. Moran, T. Morley; J. Lyne, P. Murphy, D. Walsh; J. Savage, P. Geaney, J. O’Donoghue
Subs for Kerry: J. Barry for S. Enright (inj 9); M. Geaney for J. Lyne (48); B.J. Keane for J. O’Donoghue (52); Brendan O’Sullivan for P. Murphy (57); C. Geaney for J. Savage (61), Barry O’Sullivan for D. Walsh (67); J. Barry (70+3, not replaced).
Referee: M. Deegan (Laois).
— The GAA (@officialgaa) February 3, 2017
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 Round 1
O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny 14:00
Dún na nGall v Ciarraí
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)
— Kerry GAA (@Kerry_Official) February 3, 2017
The team captained by Peter Crowley is as follows:
1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
2. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels-Foilmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Peter Crowley (C) Laune Rangers
6. Killian Young Renard
7. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
8. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
9. Tadhg Morley Templenoe
10. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
11. Paul Murphy Rathmore
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Jack Savage Kerins O’Rahillys
14. Paul Geaney Dingle
15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion
16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
18. Michael Geaney Dingle
19. Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia
20. Jack Barry Na Gaeil
21. Barry O’Sullivan Dingle
22. Ronan Shanahan Austin Stacks
23. Conor Geaney Dingle
24. Conor Keane Killarney Legion
25. Gavin Crowley Templenoe
26. Adrian Spillane Templenoe
Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Róghnóirí: Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers), Maurice Fitzgerald (St Marys).
DONEGAL (FL v Kerry): MA McGinley (St Michael’s); E Gallagher (Killybegs), N McGee (Gaoth Dobhair), P McGrath (Ardara); R McHugh (Kilcar), C Ward (St Eunan’s), P Brennan (Bundoran); J McGee (Cloughaneely), H McFadden (Killybegs); C Thompson (Naomh Conaill), M Langan (St Michael’s), M O’Reilly (Seán Mac Cumhaills); P McBrearty (Kilcar), M Murphy (Glenswilly), J Brennan (Bundoran).