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Kerry are Munster Junior Football Champions 2015-07-01 23:45:00

Kerry are Munster Junior Football Champions
Kerry 1-20 Cork 0-11

In the end it was an emphatic victory for Kerry at Pairc Uí Rinn in this Munster Junior Football Final but one that did not look very likely at half time. Kerry had dominated the first quarter but had only five points to show on the board when the margin could, and should, have been double that figure. In a flash Cork came into the game, overpowered their opponents to lead by three points at the break and the omens certainly did not look good for Kerry as they trooped off at half time. Whatever Stephen Wallace said to his troops in the sanctuary of the dressing rooms however worked the oracle and the Kingdom resumed in a determined mood to blow the Cork challenge away with a powerful display of score-taking.

Kerry got the start they craved for and after Conor Cox pointed them in front with a point from a free inside the opening 30 seconds, Brian Crowley passed up a great chance of a goal after three minutes of play. Minutes later Kerry had another chance of a goal when, after a great passing move, Cork keeper Anthony Seymour palmed a point blank shot from James Walsh against the crossbar and though Crowley pointed the rebound a second goaling chance had gone a-begging.

The O’Donoghues, Jeff and Alan, extended Kerry’s lead to five points by the 14th minute before Cork got off the mark with a pointed free from their danger man Mark Sugrue. This was the signal for Cork to takeover in the middle third of the field and they shot seven further points without reply (5 from play) to be in total command at the interval at which stage they led by 8 points to 5. Crucially during that period of dominance however, they never looked like scoring a goal and Kerry were thankful to hear the referee’s half time whistle.

Jeff O’Donoghue and Conor Cox, both of whom were to torment the Cork defence in the second half, cut the deficit to a point inside the opening two minutes of the resumption and though Michael O’Leary pointed at the other end, Cork were not to score again until the 56th minute. Eamonn Kiely, just introduced for Brendan O’Sullivan, pointed and then the Cork goal had another let-off when Alan O’Donoghue’s shot rebounded off a back and the goalkeeper with Brian Crowley pointing after the resultant “45” by Shane Murphy came back off the post to level the game at 9 points apiece. With the likes of Philip O’Connor doing Trojan work in the half forward line, Kerry went on to score five points in a seven minute spell – including three from Jeff O’Donoghue – to go five clear before the winners were awarded a penalty when Brian Crowley was fouled in the square. Conor Cox duly converted and Kerry were 1-14 to 0-9 clear with twelve minutes to go. There was no let up by the boys in Green and Gold however and they outpointed Cork by 6 points to 2 in the remaining time with Conor Cox accounting for three of those and Jeff O’Donoghue getting his sixth from play.
So a thoroughly deserved victory for Kerry who put back to back Junior titles together for the first time since 1994-95.

Scorers Kerry: Conor Cox 1-7 (1-0 pen, 0-2 frees, 0-1 “45”), Jeff O’Donoghue 0-6, Brian Crowley, Eamonn Kiely and Thomas Hickey (0-1fr) 0-2 each.
Kerry: Shane Murphy (Kilcummin), Dan O’Donoghue (Spa), Jack McGuire (Listowel Emmets), David Culhane (Ballylongford), James Walsh (Knocknagoshel), Tadgh Morley (Templenoe), Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Brendan O’Sullivan (Valentia), Liam Kearney (Spa), Brian Crowley (Templenoe), Jeff O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), Philip O’Connor (Cordal), Alan O’Donoghue (C) (John Mitchels), Conor Cox (Listowel Emmets),Thomas Hickey (Castleisland Desmonds).
Subs: Gary O’Sullivan (Listry) for Kearney, Eamonn Kiely (Brosna) for Brendan O’Sullivan, Michael Brennan (Churchill) for Dan O’Donoghue (Inj), Greg Gibson (Waterville) for Gavin Crowley, David Griffin (Ardfert) for Jeff O’Donoghue.

Kerry will now play Wexford in the semi final on July 25th with the winners playing the winners of the other semi final between Kilkenny (Representing Britain - they defeated Scotland in the British final over the weekend) and Mayo on August 8th.

Click here for Kerry Junior Team Path to All Ireland Semi Final 2015
Click Here for Munster Junior Final Match Report 2014

Kerry Junior Football Team
Munster Junior Championship Final V Cork July 1st

The Kerry Junior Football Team to play Cork in the Munster final on Wednesday shows two personnel and a number of positional changes from the side that defeated Tipperary in the semi final.
David Culhane comes into the defence in place of Greg Gibson and Brian Crowley comes in at half forward in place of the injured Denis Daly. Brian Sugrue of Renard and Jordan Kiely of Dr Crokes join the substitutes list.

The team, captained by Alan O’Donoghue of John Mitchels is as follows:

1 Shane Murphy Kilcummin

2 Dan O’Donoghue Spa

3 Jack McGuire Listowel Emmets

4 David Culhane Ballylongford

5 James Walsh Knocknagoshel

6 Tadgh Morley Templenoe

7 Gavin Crowley Templenoe

8 Brendan O’Sullivan Valentia

9 Liam Kearney Spa

10 Brian Crowley Templenoe

11 Jeff O’Donoghue Glenflesk

12 Philip O’Connor Cordal

13 Alan O’Donoghue (C) John Mitchels

14 Conor Cox Listowel Emmets

15 Thomas Hickey Castleisland Desmonds

Fir Ionaid:

16 Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue

17 Eamon Kiely Brosna

18 Brian Sugrue Renard

19 Greg Gibson Waterville

20 Michael Brennan Churchill

21 Gary O’Sullivan Listry

22 Adam Barry Brosna

23 David Griffin Ardfert

24 Jordan Kiely Dr Crokes

Bainisteoir: Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)
Roghnoirí: Fergus Clifford (Listry), Denis O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Additional Info:

The Kerry Junior Football Team to play Cork in the Munster final on Wednesday evening contains 6 of the side defeated by Cavan in the All Ireland Junior Final last year namely; Shane Murphy, Gavin Crowley, Brendan O’Sullivan, Philip O’Connor, Brian Crowley and Thomas Hickey.
Twin brothers, Gavin and Brian Crowley were members of the Under 21 team this year while Spa club-mates, Dan O’Donoghue and Liam Kearney were members of the successful Kerry Minor Team last year with two more of last year’s minors, Brain Sugrue and Jordan Kiely listed among the substitutes.

Click here for Kerry Junior Team Path to All Ireland Semi Final 2015

Some interesting facts on Cork V Kerry in Junior Championship

In the 2014 Championship Cork defeated Limerick 0-15 to 0-13 in the Munster Semi Final and lost to Kerry 3-14 to 0-13 in the Munster Junior Final.
Cork have 29 Junior Munster Titles and won their last one in 2013.
Corks have played 34 games, won 25, lost 9 and drawn none since 2000 in Munster Junior Championship. Cork last met Kerry in July 2nd 2014 in the Munster Final – Kerry 3-14 Cork 0-13 at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


In the 2014 Junior Championship
Defeated Clare by 2-12 to 0-7 in Munster Semi-Final.
Defeated Cork by 3-14 to 0-13 in Munster Final.
Defeated Sligo by 2-21 to 0-10 in All Ireland Semi-Final
Lost to Cavan by 2-14 to 0-14 in All Ireland Final.
Kerry have 41Junior Munster Titles and won their last one in 2014.
Kerry have played 34 games, won 26, lost 1 and drawn 1 since 2000 in Munster Junior Championship.

Kerry last met Cork in July 2nd 2014 in the Munster Final – Kerry 3-14 Cork 0-13 at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

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for Munster Junior Final Match Report 2014

The Munster Junior Football final between Kerry and Cork has been confirmed for Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday July 1st at 7:30pm.

Munster Junior Semi-Final: Kerry 2-13 Tipperary 1-8

The Kerry Juniors got over an imposing first hurdle against Tipperary to book a spot against Cork in the Munster Final, but they had to work hard before taking over the second half and racking up a convincing scoreline. By the end of the day, Kerry would have scored 2-11 from play and conceded just 1-2 from play…but it took a long time and a lot of effort for that scenario to unfold.
With James Walsh and Liam Kearney gathering everything in midfield any time that Tipperary were forced to go long, Kerry dominated early possession but a slight tendency to over-carry and some poor decision-making by hard-working forwards meant that the scores didn’t flow freely. In fact, Tipperary drew first blood as Martin Dunne pointed right from the throw-in, but that was as good as it got for them in the first twenty minutes, with Jack McGuire outstanding for Kerry at full back. Meanwhile, impressive linkman Jeff O’Donoghue opened Kerry’s account and Conor Cox put them in front. Alan O’Donoghue, an energetic tornado all through, cut across the end-line and hand-passed across to Thomas Hickey, but Gearoid Slattery denied him with a great save. Jeff O’Donoghue picked off Kerry’s third point and then hit an exquisite pass to Thomas Hickey, who confidently rattled the Tipperary net. 1-3 to 0-1, and Kerry in control.
Ger Hally almost had a Tipperary goal at the other end, but Jack McGuire did well to smother his close-range attempt. Tipperary did pick off two points, frees by Kevin Fox and Dean Lonergan, before the game was interrupted by a bad clash of heads between Tadhg Morley and Alan O’Riordan, neither of whom could resume play.
When play restarted, attacking wingback Ger Hally won a Tipperary free converted by Dean McEnroe, with Alan O’Donogue retaliating at the other end. Before the close of a long injury time, Philip O’Connor made a great block to deny McEnroe a goal, with Dean Lonergan sweeping over the resultant ’45.
Half-time Kerry 1-4 Tipperary 0-5
Tipperary made a good start to the second half, with Tommy Sweeney denied by a great block from Eamon Kiely but Kerry helpless to avert a great goal by Dean McEnroe. That put Tipperary in front, but it also stung Kerry into a swift and overwhelming response. Alan O’Donoghue picked off a great point and more followed in quick succession from Jeff O’Donoghue, Thomas Hickey, Conor Cox, and James Walsh. Aldo Matassa interrupted the scoring spree but his point was answered by a great Kerry move that ended up with Dan O’Donoghue rattling the net to put Kerry six points clear. A great pass by Alan O’Donoghue saw namesake Jeff fire over. Kevin Fox pointed a free but again retaliation was swift, with Alan O’Donoghue, Thomas Hickey, and Liam Carey making Kerry’s lead unassailable. A goal chance by Kevin Fox summed up Tipperary’s day when it went over instead of under the bar, but Kerry’s second half display had put the game to bed long before then.

Kerry: Shane Murphy, Dan O’Donoghue (1-0), Jack McGuire, Gavin Crowley, Greg Gibson, Brendan O’Sullivan, Tadhg Morley, James Walsh (0-1), Liam Kearney, Philip O’Connor, Jeff O’Donoghue (0-4), Denis Daly, Alan O’Donoghue (0-3), Conor Cox (0-2), Thomas Hickey (1-2, 2f).
Subs Eamon Kiely (for Tadhg Morley, 28 mins), Michael Brennan (for Greg Gibson, 36 mins), Liam Carey 0-1 (for Denis Daly, 45 mins), Adam Barry (for Conor Cox, 48 mins), Gary O’Sullivan (for Jeff O’Donoghue, 56 mins), David Griffin (for Brendan O’Sullivan, 58 mins)
Tipperary: Gearoid Slattery, Jimmy Feehan, Daragh Kearney, Donal Lynch, Kevin Fahey, Luke Boland, Ger Hally, Aldo Matassa (0-1), Martin Dunne (0-1), Shane Leahy, Alan O’Riordan, Donagh Leahy, Dean McEnroe (1-1, 1f), Dean Lonergan (0-2, 1f, 1’45), Kevin Fox (0-3, 2f).
Subs Tommy Sweeney (for Alan O’Riordan, 28 mins), Gerry Cronin (for Martin Dunne, 46 mins), Niall Gleeson (for Shane Leahy, 49 mins), Mark Russell (for Aldo Matassa, 55 mins), Dominic Walsh (for Donagh Leahy, 59 mins)
Referee: Michael Collins (Cork).