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U21 overcome Tipperary in Munster Q/F 2016-03-09 22:38:00

EirGrid Munster GAA Under 21 Football Championship Round 1

Kerry 0-11 Tipperary 1-7

Fourteen man Kerry dethroned Munster Under 21 champions Tipperary after an uninspiring hours football before an attendance of 2,636 at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park tonight. It was a hard earned win for the homeside if ever there was one and it was not made any easier by the fact that they lost midfielder Matthew O’Sullivan as early as the 22nd minute when he picked up a Black Card for an awkward trip having earlier received a yellow for a high tackle. Last year’s All Ireland finalists set out their stall early playing ten and sometimes twelve men behind the ball and Kerry struggled from the word go to break down that well organised defensive wall. The crowd became restless as the winners were forced into a series of patient lateral passing moves while Tipperary depended on the fast break out of defence as their main threat.

Michéal Burns and Stephen Quirke swapped points in the first ten minutes and Tony Brosnan added another after a fine pass by Burns in the 11th minute as Kerry were forced into kicking some poor wides. Tom O’Sullivan was almost in for a goal two minutes later but dragged his ground shot wide and when Jack Savage pointed in the 19th minute Kerry were 3 points to 1 ahead. It all went wrong then for the homeside within a minute when following the dismissal of O’Sullivan, Liam Casey stole in behind the Kerry defensive cover to give Eoghan O’Brien no chance in the Kerry goal. That goal was to sustain the visitors for a long time but Jack Savage pointed frees either side of a point by Casey and then Savage again pointed a free from over 50 yards on the stroke of half time to send the sides in on level terms 0-6 to 1-3.

Kerry introduced Barry O’Sullivan for Greg Horan and Killian Spillane for Eanna Ó Conchúir for the second half and both, particularly O’Sullivan, were to play vital roles during that period. O’Sullivan made an immediate impact around the centre of the field while Spillane increased the options up front. Savage pointed a free after a foul on Gavin White but Jack Kennedy responded for Tipp as Kerry were again guilty of some poor shooting. Dara Roche, who showed well after replacing Tony Brosnan, had a shot well saved by Jake McDonald in the Tipp goal and when Savage pointed another free in the 19th minute after a foul on Andrew Barry, Kerry were at last making more inroads into the Tipp defensive cover. Ross Mulcahy levelled once more for the visitors but Barry O’Sullivan burst forward for a great score for Kerry in the 21st minute and when Savage pointed his 6th free followed by another point from Micheál Burns all in a three minute scoring burst, Kerry seemed to have at last got to grips with the opposition. However Tipp came out of their defensive shell in the last few minutes and after Jack Kennedy pointed Kerry had to survive a scare in their own square before Josh Keane pointed a free to leave just the minimum between the sides. Time ran out on Tipperary however and Kerry it is who advance to a semi final meeting with Limerick at the same venue on Wednesday next (7:30).

Kerry: Jack Savage 0-7 (6frees), Micheál Burns 0-2, Tony Brosnan and Barry O’Sullivan 0-1 each. Tipperary: Liam Casey 1-1, Jack Kennedy 0-3, Josh Keane 0-2 frees, Ross Mulcahy and Stephen Quirke 0-1 each.

Subs: Kerry; Killian Spillane for Ó Conchúir, Barry O’Sullivan for Horan, Dara Roche for Brosnan, David Foran for Brandon Barret (Inj), Dan O’Donoghue for Sugrue.

*Cork defeated Clare by 0-23 to 0-8 in the other 1st Round game and now play Waterford in the semi final.

Kerry V Tipperary – EirGrid Munster Under 21 Championship Round 1

The Kerry Team to play Tipperary in the EirGrid Munster GAA Under 21 Football Championship Round 1 at Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening at 7:30 contains just 4 of the side defeated by Cork in last year’s Round 1 game – Brian Ó Beagaloich, Cathal Ó Lúing, Micheál Burns and Jack Savage. Two more, Greg Horan and Eánna Ó Conchúir were introduced as subs in that game.
Nine of the side won All Ireland Minor Medal in either 2014 or 2015 are included.
The team, captained by Jack Savage of Kerins O’Rahillys is as follows:
1. Eoghan O’Brien Churchill
2. Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
3. Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
4. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
5. Brian Sugrue Renard
6. Andrew Barry Na Gael
7. Gavin White Dr Crokes
8. Matthew O’Sullivan St Michaels-Foilmore
9. Greg Horan Austin Stacks
10. Brandon Barrett Ardfert
11. Micheál Burns Dr Crokes
12. Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
13. Tony Brosnan Dr Crokes
14. Eanna Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
15. Jack Savage (C) Kerins O’Rahillys
Fir Ionaid
16. Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
17. Dara Roche Glenflesk
18. Killian Spillane Templenoe
19. Dan O’Donoghue Spa
20. Barry O’Sullivan Dingle
21. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
22. Conor Geaney Dingle
23. Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan Dingle
24. Jordan Kiely Dr Crokes
25. David Foran St Senans
Bainisteoir: Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)
Roghnoirí: Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senans), Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses).
Treanálaí: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald

Additional Information:
Among the players unavailable due to injury are the likes of captain Cormac Coffey, Shane Ryan, Liam Carey, Liam Kearney and Marc O’Connor, Rob O'Se

The game will mark the first fixture under the new floodlighting system in Austin Stack Park.

Under 21 Footballers in action on Wednesday
Kerry open their Munster Under 21 Championship campaign on this Wednesday evening when the Kingdom take on Tipperary (7:30) in Austin Stack Park in the first game under the new floodlights at the newly revamped venue.
Manager Jack O’Connor and his selectors Eamonn Whelan, Micheál O’Shea and Declan O’Sullivan have seen their preparations hampered by injuries to some key players among them Shane Ryan, Liam Carey, Liam Kearney, Marc O’Connor, Rob Ó Sé and captain Cormac Coffey . Other issues such as the long playing season and the All Ireland Club activity of Templenoe and St Marys have also been a hindrance as has the unavailability of pitches due to the atrocious weather conditions.
The Kerry team picked for duty contains just four of the side defeated by Cork in last year’s semi final game – Brian Ó Beagaloich, Cathal Ó Lúing, Micheál Burns and Jack Savage. Two more, Greg Horan and Eánna Ó Conchúir were introduced as subs in that game. Nine of the side won All Ireland Minor Medals in either 2014 or 2015 are included. The team is captained by Jack Savage of Kerins O’Rahillys. Tipperary are of course the reigning Under 21 champions having disposed of Cork in last year’s final and have been very successful at minor level in the province over the last three years. Certainly Kerry will know they have been in a game after this encounter.
Kerry have gone seven campaigns without adding to their haul of 25 titles, their last title at Under 21 level in the province coming in 2008 when they went on to All Ireland glory under the captaincy of Killian Young.
The winners of Wednesday’s game are at home to Limerick in either Thurles or Austin Stack Park in the semi final on Wednesday 16th March next.