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Kerry Senior & Junior Teams progress to Munster Finals 2015-06-14 21:20:00

MUNSTER Senior Football Championship Semi Final

After an uncertain start, Kerry qualified for a Munster Senior Football Final showdown with Cork in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on Sunday July 5th (2pm) following a six points defeat of Tipperary in Semple Stadium Thurles today.

Cork defeated Clare in the other semi final by 1-20 to 1-8.

The curtain raiser to the senior final will be the meeting of Kerry and Tipperary in the minor final at 12 noon on July 5th.

Kerry 2-14           Tipperary 2-8

Jackie Cahill reports from Semple Stadium, Thurles courtesy of The42.ie

Kerry have beaten Tipperary by six points in Thurles this afternoon, setting up a Munster final showdown with Cork on 5 July.

17 points separated Tipp and Kerry in Killarney two years ago but the Premier County closed the gap with a spirited display, pockmarked by an unfortunate tally of 13 wides.

Kerry registered just five wides over the 70 minutes, an indication of their economy of shooting on the day.

A bumper crowd of 11,248 held up throw-in for 15 minutes, with long queues outside attempting to gain access to Semple Stadium via the New Stand, the only stand open at the venue.

When the game eventually got underway, Tipp got off to a brilliant start but Kerry, who led by two points at the break, reeled them in.

And a strong second half display, which saw the visitors outscore Tipp by 0-8 to 0-4, was good enough.

Kerry reeled off five unanswered scores to effectively kill the game, before Tipp scored their first point of the second half in the 51st minute.

There were some positives from a Kerry perspective as Colm Cooper marked his return to championship action with a haul of 0-3, including two from play.

And the depth of Kerry’s panel was illustrated by the subs they brought on in the second half, with Fitzmaurice introducing the likes of James O’Donoghue, Darren O’Sullivan, Donnchadh Walsh and former AFL star Tommy Walsh.

Kerry led by 2-6 to 2-4 at half-time but they were 0-0 to 1-1 down within four minutes, as Tipp got the start they craved.

Colin O’Riordan, who was clearly struggling later in the game with injury, popped over the opening point before Michael Quinlivan brilliantly slipped a fourth minute goal past Brendan Kealy, after Conor Sweeney provided a defence-splitting pass.

Kerry’s first score arrived in the fifth minute, courtesy of Bryan Sheehan, and a feature of their first half play was economy of shooting.

Tipp finished the half with five wides, four of those within the opening four minutes, but Kerry didn’t register a wide until the 35th minute.

The Kingdom were ahead in the 18th minute when Evan Comerford’s kickout, intended for Steven O’Brien, went awry.

Kerry were quick to exploit the opening and a quick exchange of passes presented Barry John Keane with the goal in his first ever senior championship start, despite 18 previous substitute appearances.

O’Brien was lucky to escape a black card before Cooper marked his return with a point from play in the 20th minute, a score greeted with a huge roar by the travelling Kerry hordes.

Sheehan added a point to put Kerry 1-5 to 1-2 clear and they were six ahead when 2014 All-Ireland final goal hero Paul Geaney netted on the half hour mark.

Jonathan Lyne’s diagonal ball from the right touchline caused panic in the Tipp full-back line and Geaney was on hand to provide a delicate, close-range finish.

Tipp could have folded then but instead, and to their credit, the hosts replied in kind at the other end, Austin feeding Quinlivan for his second goal of the game.

Sweeney and Cooper traded frees before Jason Lonergan’s fisted point kept Tipp very much in touch at the midway point.

But Kerry took over in the second half, although Tipp had a great goal chance in the 57th minute.

Ger Mulhaire found himself one-on-one with Brendan Kealy but the Kerry netminder pulled off a superb save.

Scorers for Tipperary: Michael Quinlivan 2-0, Conor Sweeney 0-2 (0-2f), Colin O’Riordan, Ger Mulhaire, Brian Fox, Kevin O’Halloran (0-1 ’45), Barry Grogan (0-1f) & Jason Lonergan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 1-2, Barry John Keane 1-1, Bryan Sheehan 0-5 (0-3f), Colm Cooper 0-3 (0-1f), Anthony Maher, Michael Geaney, Stephen O’Brien 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; P Codd, C McDonald, R Kiely; S Kennedy, P Acheson, A Campbell; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; C O’Riordan, P Austin, G Mulhaire; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, B Fox. Subs: J Lonergan for Kiely (31), B Grogan for Hannigan (h.t.), K O’Halloran for Austin (54), L Casey for Fox (65), B Mulvihill for Sweeney (65), A Morrissey for Kennedy (70).

KERRY: B Kealy; M Ó’Sé, M Griffin, S Enright; J Lyne, P Crowley, K Young; A Maher, B Sheehan; M Geaney, C Cooper, J Buckley; P Geaney, K Donaghy, B.J. Keane. Subs: S O’Brien for Buckley (33), J O’Donoghue for Keane (48), A O’Mahony for Crowley (49), D O’Sullivan for M Geaney (53), D Walsh for Sheehan (62), T Walsh for Maher (67).

Referee: C Branagan (Down)

Munster Junior Football Semi Final

Kerry 2-13 Tipperary 1-8

Meanwhile Kerry Juniors qualified for a Munster final meeting with Cork on July 1st at a Cork venue when defeating Tipperary by 2-13 to 1-8 in the curtain raiser at Semple Stadium today.

Thomas Hickey’s goal after 20 minutes saw Kerry lead by 1-4 to 0-5 at the break. Tipperarys Dean McEnroecoasted in for an early second half goal but Kerry responded with 5 points in a row from play to lead by 1-9 to 1-5 at the three quarter stage. A goal, after a fine move from their own half finished by Dan O’Donoghue set Kerry on their way and four further points had them home and dry for a meeting with Cork who defeated Limerick by 0-16 to 0-13 in the other semi final.

Scorers Kerry: Thomas Hickey 1-2 (0-2fr), Jeff O’Donoghue 0-4, Dan O’Donoghue 1-0, Alan O’Donoghue 0-3, Conor Cox 0-2, James Walsh and Liam Carey 0-1 each.

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Tipperary in the Munster Football Championship semi final in Thurles on Sunday contains just 7 of the team that started the All Ireland Final against Donegal last year. 

All Stars, Paul Murphy and David Moran, miss the game due to injury while Brian Kelly, Aidan O’Mahony, Fionn Fitzgerald, Stephen O’Brien, James O’Donoghue and Donnchadh Walsh are all named in the substitutes list for Sunday’s game.

Of the six subs that saw action against Donegal last September, Shane Enright, Michael Geaney, Bryan Sheehan and Barry John Keane are all included in the starting fifteen this time round while Kieran O’Leary is injured and Declan O’Sullivan has since retired.  

Jonathan Lyne of Killarney Legion makes his full Championship debut while Colm Cooper is named at centre forward for his 77th championship game and returns to championship action for the first time since the 2013 All Ireland semi final against Dublin. 

The team, captained by Kieran Donaghy is as follows: 

1. Brendan Kealy  Kilcummin 

2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

3. Mark Griffin   St Michaels/Foilmore 

4. Shane Enright   Tarbert 

5. Jonathan Lyne  Killarney Legion 

6. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers

7. Killian Young   Renard 

8. Anthony Maher  Duagh 

9. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

10. Michael Geaney Dingle

11. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes

12. Johnny Buckley  Dr Crokes 

13. Paul Geaney Dingle

14. Kieran Donaghy (C) Austin Stacks

15. Barry John Keane  Kerins O’Rahillys

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion

17. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion 

18. Stephen O’Brien  Kenmare 

19. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore

20. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar

21. Fionn Fitzgerald   Dr Crokes  

22. Tommy Walsh  Kerins O’Rahillys 

23. Alan Fitzgerald  Castlegregory

24. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

25. Jack Sherwood Firies

26. Pa Kilkenny   Glenbeigh/Glencar  

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)  

Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare)  

Additional Information:

Injuries Update

The following players are not available for selection due to injury:

David Moran (Shoulder Injury)

Paul Murphy (Shoulder Injury)

Paul Galvin (Quad Injury)

The Kerry Players, Management and Backroom staff would like to wish Kieran O'Leary a full and speedy recovery and we all hope that he will be back in the Kerry and Dr Crokes colours at the earliest opportunity. Kieran returned home today following surgery.

Making his full Championship debut on Sunday is Jonathan Lyne

Player Profile:  Jonathan Lyne 

Club: Killarney Legion

DOB: 24/2/90

Height: 6’ft 1”   

Weight: 85Kg

Championship Debut:  V Clare 2012

Championship Appearances:  3

Championship Scores: 0-2 (v Mayo Semi Final Replay 2015)

Occupation:  PE Teacher

1st League Game for Kerry : V Cork 2011

Minor Experience with Kerry: 2008

U21 Experience with Kerry: 2009, 2010, 2011

Honours Won:

1 All Ireland Senior

2 Munster Senior

1 Munster Minor

2 McGrath Cups

1 Corn Uí Mhuirí