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Kerry Junior Football Team into All Ireland Final 2016-07-23 19:00:00

All Ireland Junior Football Semi Final
Kerry 4-17 Lancashire 3-10

A much improved second half display during which they outscored their opponents by 4-6 to 2-2 saw Kerry advance to a third All Ireland Junior football final in a row at the expense of Lancashire at the Old Bedians Ground in Manchester earlier today.

Kerry got the better start and led by 3 points to 1 after seven minutes with Sean Micheál Ó Conchúir, Niall O’Shea and Kieran Hurley all pointing and indeed it was that inside forward trio that tormented the home side throughout scoring 2-12 in total between them. The first goal of the game fell to a Kerryman but it was Asdee native Darren Russell who capitalised on a ball that came off the post to give a big boost to the homeside who led by 1-3 to 0-3 after 13 minutes and they were giving as good as they got at that stage. However Kerry fought back well and finished the half strongly with points from the likes of David Foran, Kieran Hurley, Fionán Clifford and Ó Conchúir and at the break the sides were on level terms 1-6 to 0-9.

The Kerry management team wrung the changes at the break bringing in Patrick Clifford, John C. O’Connor and Lee O’Donoghue and the changes certainly had the desired effect with Kerry getting three points in the first five minutes of the half from Ó Conchúir (2) and John C. O’Connor. Then Kerry went to put this game out of bounds for the opposition and they did so in emphatic fashion. Kevin O’Sullivan and Gerry McCaughney swapped goals before Kieran Hurley got on the end of a long ball to finish to the net for Kerry’s second major to leave Kerry six points to the good, 2-12 to 2-6. Niall O’Shea then got in on the act with Kerry’s third goal before Robert Wharton came up from the back to get Kerry’s fourth goal and give Kerry a 4-12 to 2-6 lead at the three quarter stage. Thereafter it was a case of Kerry preserving what they had and in fairness to the home side they kept plugging away and were rewarded when McCaughney scored his second goal but it is Kerry who advance to an All Ireland Final meeting with Mayo – a repeat of last year’s decider – at a venue to be decided on August 6th.

Mayo defeated last year’s semi finalists, Wexford by 2-10 to 0-10 in that other semi final.

Kerry Team and Scorers: Darragh O’Shea; Fionán Clifford (0-2), Jason Foley, Cathal Ó Lúing; Laurence Bastible, Andrew Barry, Robert Wharton (1-0); Adrian Spillane, Michael O’Donnell; Brian Ó Seanachain, Kevin O’Sullivan (1-0), David Foran (0-1); Sean M. Ó Conchúir (0-6, 2f), Kieran Hurley (1-4), Niall O’Shea (1-2, 1f).
Subs used: John C. O’Connor (0-1) for Michael O’Donnell, Patrick Clifford for Laurence Bastible, Lee O’Donoghue for David Foran (all half-time); Paul O’Donoghue for Kevin O’Sullivan (50 mins), Dara Roche (0-1) for Adrian Spillane (53 mins) Dara O’Shea for Robert Wharton (55 mins)

Kerry Junior Football Team V Lancashire
All Ireland Junior Championship Semi Final

The Kerry Junior team to play Lancashire in the All Ireland Junior Football Semi Final in Manchester on Saturday (2pm) shows 3 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Cork in the Munster final.

Fionán Clifford comes into the full back line in place of the injured Darren Brosnan; Robert Wharton starts in the half back line instead of Patrick Clifford and Kevin O’Sullivan starts at centre forward in place of team captain Paul O’Donoghue who is carrying an injury.
Sean T Dillon, John C. O’Connor and Dara Roche join the substitutes list.

The team lines out as follows:

1 Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
2 Fionán Clifford Waterville
3 Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4 Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
5 Laurence Bastible John Mitchels
6 Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
7 Robert Wharton Renard
8 Adrian Spillane Templenoe
9 Michael O’Donnell Austin Stacks
10 Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11 Kevin O’Sullivan Kenmare
12 David Foran St Senans
13 Sean Michéal Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
14 Kieran Hurley St Pats
15 Niall O’Shea Dromid Pearses
Fir Ionaid:
16 Kieran Fitzgibbon Kenmare
17 Dara O’Shea Kenmare
18 Patrick Clifford Templenoe
19 Sean T Dillon St Senans
20 John C. O’Connor Kerins O’Rahillys
21 Lee O’Donoghue Glenflesk
22 Paul O’Donoghue (C) St Marys
23 Dara Roche Glenflesk
24 Adam Barry Brosna

Bainisteóir: Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)
Róghnóirí: Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys), Jimmy Keane (Brosna), Brian Hickey (Skellig Rangers).

Additional Players on the Kerry Junior Panel:
Daniel Daly (St Marys), Conor O’Shea (St Marys) and Shane Fitzmaurice (Brosna).
Darren Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), Stephen O’Sullivan (Templenoe) and Ciarán Keating (Skellig Rangers) were not considered due to injury.

All you want to know about Lancashire!
Britain, just like Ireland, is divided into playing counties and within these counties are clubs. In Lancashire, there are 11 clubs. Manchester has 7 clubs: St.Lawrences, St.Brendans, Oisins, St.Peters, St.Annes, St.Marys and Fullen Gaels. In Liverpool there are two clubs: Wolfe Tones and John Mitchels; whilst Ellan Vannin Gaels are from the Isle of Mann and St.Patricks operate out of Chester.
Wolfe Tones are a dual club, whilst Fullen Gaels are a hurling only club. They are joined by Emerald Gaels in Leeds to complete a three team Lancashire Hurling League.
Ladies football is well represented in Lancashire where St.Lawrences, Oisins, John Mitchels and Wolfe Tones compete; they are joined by St.Christophers in Leeds. There are both Senior and Junior leagues to cater for all in both men’s and ladies football.

Lancashire men’s football can claim to be the strongest footballing county outside of London. They last won the All-Britain Inter-County Championship, the ‘Sam Maguire’, apart from this year; in 2013. This was the fourth consecutive year in which they won the competition. On the club front the competition is fierce. Typically, the club which captures the Lancashire Senior Championship go in as favourites for the All-Britain club championships. John Mitchels have won this competition for the last three years, having to compete with the winners of all the other counties. There are 8 competing counties in Britain .St.Peters won it only 6 years ago.
John Mitchels have competed in the All-Ireland Junior Final on two occasions, where they were defeated on both occasions by Kerry clubs. First up, was in 2009 when Skellig Rangers beat them by a single point. Secondly, Brosna stopped them only last year when they were defeated by only a point again. The Liverpool men were once again halted in their pursuit of the All-Ireland glory last year by another Kerry outfit, the impressive Templenoe.

In hurling, Lancashire have entered the Lory Meagher Cup this year for the second time and are competing well. www.lancsgaa.co.uk

Kerry or Lancashire?
Darren Russell hails from Kerry and now plays for John Mitchels and Lancashire. He is a small and nippy corner forward and his fantastic ball skills and quickness of thought are a huge asset for Lancashire. He has settled well in Liverpool since he arrived this year and is vital not only vital for his club, John Mitchels; but also for the county.
Name: Darren Russell
DOB: 25/02/1998
Club in Kerry: Asdee
School: Tarbert Comprehensive
Honours: County and Munster Junior B Champions 2014
Difference between football home and abroad: The main difference is probably tactically as here you have many teams playing a short hand passing game where as at home most teams tend to play more direct. There's definitely a difference in the physicality over here as well.

Kerry Juniors in action in Manchester

The Old Bedians Grounds in Manchester is the venue as Kerry Juniors put their All Ireland title on the line when they take on British champions Lancashire in the semi final that has a 2pm throw in time on Saturday Having won the title last year means that manager Stephen Wallace and his management team had to assemble a whole new team this season and while understandably, they were far from a coherent outfit in their opening game against Limerick, they played well against a seasoned Cork outfit in the Munster final.

Of course it must be conceded that they had a little element of good fortune in that semi final against what was effectively a second string Limerick side and Adrian Spillane’s winner could not have come at a better time given that Limerick had no time to respond. In the provincial decider, we saw the attacking side of the team in the first half while in the second period when their backs were to the wall at times, we saw at first hand the defensive qualities of the side.
Team captain Paul O’Donoghue led by example in those two games but he is rated doubtful for Saturday’s game as is corner back Darren Brosnan, half back Patrick Clifford and Stephen O’Sullivan. John C. O’Connor of Kerins O’Rahillys, who did not play senior championship with his club last year, has been drafted into the panel for Saturday’s game. This is a potential banana skin for Kerry but knowing the management team, they will leave no stone unturned in an effort to reach a third successive final. Referee is Niall McKenna of Monaghan. Beaten finalists from last year, Mayo and beaten semi finalists from last year, Wexford meet in the other semi final, also on Saturday.