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Munster Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 1-8
Kerry find shooting boots in second-half
Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 1-8
By Kieran McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Monday, May 23, 2011
KERRY cruised into a Munster JFC semi-final after a fine second-half display against Tipperary at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday. The sides were level at the break (1-7 apiece) but the hosts were transformed on the restart, rattling off 1-8 without reply in a devastating third-quarter. The impressive Gary Sayers kicked Kerry into the lead inside the opening minute of the second period before the floodgates opened. The clinical Alan Fitzgerald hit 1-2, punching home a Gavin O’Grady centre, while further points flowed from Sayers, James Walsh, Brendan Poff and Brian Costello, as Kerry surged 2-15 to 1-7 ahead by the 44th minute.
Tipperary, who impressed in the opening half, managed just one score in the second-half, with Gavin Ryan landing a point three minutes remaining. But it was fitting that Kerry’s man-of-the-match Brian McGuire had the final say, lofting over a late point to complete the rout. It was only when the Listowel man was shifted to centre-back midway through the first-half that Kerry began to find their feet after Tipperary raced 1-4 to 0-1 clear, thanks in the main to the efforts of centre-forward Alan Moloney.
But with Moloney’s influence curtailed by McGuire, Kerry began to take charge. Andrew Garnett and Brian Costello took control in midfield while JB Spillane, Michael Murphy and Gary Sayers began to reap the rewards in attack. Fitzgerald shone from placed balls and open play while Gavin O’Grady — he scored an excellent first half goal, with his sharp turn particularly memorable — looks a real prospect.
Scorers for Kerry: A Fitzgerald (2f) 1-4, G O’Grady 1-1 (1f), G Sayers 0-4, B Poff 0-2, E Hickson, JB Spillane, J Walsh, B Costello, B Maguire 0-1 each.
Scorers for Tipperary: A Moloney 1-3 (2f), G Ryan 0-3, J Egan, D Butler 0-1 each.
KERRY: S Óg Ó Ciardubháin; K O’Dwyer, S Brosnan, B Maguire; E Hickson, A Greaney, J Walsh; A Garnett, B Costello; G Sayers, M Murphy, JB Spillane; G O’Grady, B Poff, A Fitzgerald.
Subs: F Courtney for B Costello (48); M Brennan for A Greaney (48); T McGoldrick for A Fitzgerald (53); P Kennelly for G O’Grady (53); P Kilkenny for J Walsh (57).
TIPPERARY: J English; D O’Sullivan, D Lynch, R Kiely; D Leahy, J O’Callaghan, M O’Sullivan; D Heffernan, E Kendrick; B Hewitt, A Moloney, G Ryan; J Egan, D Butler, A Walsh.
Subs: M O’Dwyer for J O’Callaghan (24); T Hanley for D Heffernan (40); G Quinn for M O’Sullivan (50); S O’Connor for D Butler (50); A Hannigan for B Hewitt (57).
Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)
KERRY DESTROY TIPPERARY WITH SECOND HALF BLITZ
Munster Junior Football – quarterfinal
Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 1-8
By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie
A tremendous second half performance by a superior Kerry side blitzed Tipperary in this Munster Junior Football Championship quarterfinal, played at a windswept Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney this afternoon. It was a game that looked in the balance in the first half but Kerry took over completely in the second half, with defenders Brian Maguire, Shane Brosnan and Kevin O’Dwyer outstanding, the Kerry attack inspired by tricky corner forwards Gavin O’Grady and Alan Fitzgerald blew Tipperary out of the water.
Tipperary had the strong wind in the opening half and appeared to hold the upper hand thanks to some inspired play from centre forward Alan Moloney who found the Kerry net in the 8th minute as Tipperary raced 1-4 to 0-1 after ten minutes. Kerry thanks some sterling defensive work by Brian Maguire and Kevin Dwyer soon got to grips with the rampant visitors and four unanswered points from Alan Fitzgerald (2), Brendan Poff and Garry Sayers saw Kerry fight back and were on level terms by the 23rd minute when corner forward Gavin O’Grady ghosted his way through to plant the ball in the Tipperary net. Both sides swapped scores as they retired on level terms, on 1-7 apiece at the interval.
However Kerry were far superior in the second period as they moved the ball quickly through the Tipperary defence and with Garry Sayers, Alan Fitzgerald Brendan Poff and JB Spillane all scoring at will, the game was over when Gavin O’Grady’s clever cross was fisted to the net by Fitzgerald and the rest of the game was purely academic. Tipperary’s plight was best summed up by the fact that their solitary second half score did not come until two minutes from time, a Gavin Ryan point as Kerry cruised to a double margin victory.
A Fitzgerald 1-4 ( 0-2frees), G O’Grady 1-1( 0-1free), G Sayers 0-4, B Poff 0-2, B Maguire, E Hickson, J Walsh, B Costello, and J Spillane 0-1 each
A Moloney 1-3 ( 0-2 frees), G Ryan 0-3, J Egan and D Butler 0-1 each
S Og O’Ciardubhain, K O’Dwyer, S Brosnan, B Maguire , E Hickson, A Greaney, J Walsh, A Garnett , B Costello, G Sayers, M Murphy, J B Spillane, G O’Grady, B Goff, A Fitzgerald
Subs: M Brennan for A Greaney ( 49), F Courtney for B Costello ( 49), T McGoldrick for A Fitzgerald ( 54), P Kennelly for G O’Grady ( 54), P Kilkenny for J Walsh ( 56)
J English, D O’Sullivan, D Lynch, R Kiely, D Leahy, J O’Callaghan, M O’Sullivan, D Heffernan, E Kendrick, B Hewitt, A Moloney, G Ryan, J Egan, D Butler, A Walsh
Subs: M O’Dwyer for J O’Callaghan ( 24), T Hanley for D Heffernan ( 40), G Quinn for M O’Sullivan ( 50), S O’Connor for D Butler ( 50), A Hannigan for B Hewitt ( 57)
Referee Conor Lane (Cork)
The Tipperary Junior Football team on play Kerry on Sunday May 22 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney is:
1. Jack English (Ballyporeen)
2. Diarmuid O’Sullivan (Ardfinnan)
3. Donal Lynch (Clonmel Commercials)
4. Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers)
5. Donnagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers)
6. John O’Callaghan (Ballyporeen)
7. Michael O’Sullivan (Ardfinnan)
8. Donnagh Heffernan (Cappawhite)
9. Eddie Kendrick (Cahir)
10. Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan)
11. Alan Moloney (Rockwell Rovers)
12. Gavin Ryan (Rockwell Rovers)
13. James Egan (Loughmore Castliney)
14. David Butler (Drom & Inch)
15. Adrian Walsh (Kilsheelan Kilcash)