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AFL Division 1: Kerry 1-10 Roscommon 0-14 2016-02-07 20:28:00

AFL Division 1
Kerry 1-10 Roscommon 0-14
Roscommon inflicted their first League defeat of Kerry on Kerry soil at Fitzgerald Stadium this afternoon when coming away with a deserved victory over the home side having dominated long periods of the second half against a wasteful Kerry side despite playing against the elements.
Kerry, who lined out as selected, got off to the better start with Johnny Buckley and David Moran dominating the midfield area and they led by 3 points to no score after eight minutes following a fine score by Buckley and two pointed frees from Barry John Keane. Gradually however, Roscommon worked their way into the game and aided by the wind they proceeded to kick the next 8 scores – 6 of those from play- to take an 98 points to 3 lead by the 25th minute. In between, after a great passing move, Donnchadh Walsh somehow managed to hit the post with a goal at the begging and that let off in 16th minute inspired Roscommon no end who broke away to score a fine point from Cathal Cregg.
Kerry were still getting plenty possession around the middle but the ball to the inside line was poor at times and on other occasions the Kerry forward line was well bottled up by a no no-nonsense visiting defence. Kerry did finish the half well however and after points from a Barry John free and a good score from Tommy Walsh, Stephen O’Brien weaved his way through a host of Roscommon defenders to slip the ball to the net in the 31st minute. Johnny Buckley pointed in text book fashion and at the break it was 1-6 to 0-8 for the home side.
Kerry seemed to have got the measure of their rivals and with wind advantage to come the signs looked good for the home side on the resumption. Barry John, whose free taking was erratic, pointed a free and had another from play either side of Enda Smith’s second point from play and when Conor Devenney and Stephen O’Brien swapped points, Kerry were leading by 2 with 13 gone in the half. It should have been more as Kerry kept the visitors in the game with some poor shooting. The Roscommon defence went from strength to strength and Cathal Cregg pointed twice in quick succession to level the game by the 52nd minute – indeed his first point should have been a goal – and as Kerry continued to pass up some gilt edged chances, Roscommon were far more clinical at the other end with Ciaran Murtagh and Cathal McHugh pointing. Kerry finally broke a 29 minute barren spell when Conor Cox pointed a free in the 42nd minute of the half with almost the last action of a game that they hardly deserved anything from.
Kerry now have a three week break before they play Down in Round 3 in Newry on February 28th while Roscommon travel to Cork on the same day.

Kerry: Barry John Keane 0- 5 (4Fr), Stephen O’Brien 1-1, Johnny Buckley 0-2, Tommy Walsh and Conor Cox (Fr) 0-1.
Roscommon: Cathal Cregg 0-4, Enda Smith 0-3, Conor Devenney, Ciaran Murtagh (0-1fr) and Fintan Cregg (Frees) 0-2 each, Liam Connolly 0-1.
Kerry: Brian Kelly, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright, Paul Murphy, Aidan O’Mahony, Killian Young, David Moran, Johnny Buckley, Jonathan Lyne, Darran O’Sullivan, Donnchadh Walsh, Barry John Keane, Tommy Walsh, Stephen O’Brien. Subs: Tom O’Sullivan for Lyne (Injured,12 min) Alan Fitzgerald for D Walsh (49 min), Conor Cox for Keane (57 min), Fionn Fitzgerald for Enright (58 min), Barry O’Sullivan for Buckley (63 min) and Brendan O’Sullivan for T Walsh (68 min)
Roscommon: D O’Malley, S McDermott, N Collins, N McInerney, D Murray, N Daly, R Stack, E Smith, I Kilbride, F Cregg, C Daly, C Devanney, C Murtagh, C Connolly, C Cregg. Subs: C Shine for Kilbride (54 min), S Purcell for C Daly (57 min), R Daly for C Cregg (BC, 58 min) and C McHugh for Connolly (63 min)

Kerry Senior Football Team v Roscommon

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Roscommon in Round 2 of the Allianz League in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday shows three changes in personnel from the side defeated by Dublin in Round 1. 

Brian Kelly takes over from Brendan Kealy in goal, Aidan O’Mahony comes into the side in the half back line in place of Fionn Fitzgerald and up front, Jonathan Lyne replaces Philip O’Connor.

Castlegregory’s Alan Fitzgerald is named in the substitutes list as is Barry O’Sullivan from Dingle who won an All Ireland Minor medal with Kerry in 2014.

The team, captained by Killian Young is as follows:

1. Brian Kelly                          Killarney Legion

2. Brian Ó Beaglaoich             An Ghaeltacht

3. Mark Griffin                       St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Shane Enright                     Tarbert

5. Paul Murphy                       Rathmore

6. Aidan O’Mahony                Rathmore

7. Killian Young   (C)             Renard

8. David Moran                       Kerins O’Rahillys

9. Johnny Buckley                  Dr Crokes

10. Jonathan Lyne                   Killarney Legion

11. Darran O’Sullivan             Glenbeigh-Glencar

12. Donnchadh Walsh            Cromane

13. Barry John Keane             Kerins O’Rahillys

14. Tommy Walsh                   Kerins O’Rahillys

15. Stephen O’Brien               Kenmare

Fir Ionaid:

16. Brendan Kealy                  Kilcummin

17. Fionn Fitzgerald                Dr Crokes

18. Philip O’Connor                Cordal

19. Padraig O’Connor             Killarney Legion

20. Pa Kilkenny                      Glenbeigh/Glencar

21. Alan Fitzgerald                 Castlegregory

22. Brendan O’Sullivan          Valentia

23. Gavin O’Grady                 Glenbeigh-Glencar

24. Conor Cox                        Listowel Emmets

25. Tom O’Sullivan                 Dingle

26. Barry O’Sullivan               Dingle

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge) 

Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks),  Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).


Additional Information:

Aidan O’Mahony – Starting his 12th League campaign - Missed out on last year’s League campaign through injury, has played 78 League games for Kerry since he made his League debut against Cork in 2004 and has scored 1-9 in League football

Brian Ó Beaglaioch (An Ghaeltacht) – Made his League debut in Round 1 against Dublin having played in the McGrath Cup earlier in the month. Brian won an All Ireland Minor medal with Kerry in 2014 in the full back position and has 2 Hogan Cup (2014 & 2015) and 3 Munster Colleges Corn Uí Mhuirí medals being joint Captain with Mark O’Connor for Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne last year.

Tommy Walsh (Kerins O’Rahillys) – Made his League debut V Limerick in 2007, having been a Minor in 2005 and 06, played U21 for 3 years 2007 to 2009. He has made 18 League appearances scoring 3-10. Tommy made his Champ debut V Clare in 2008 and scored 4-23 in 18 senior Champ appearances. Holder of All Ireland medals following victories over Cork in 2007 and 2009 a game in which he kicked 4 points from distance from play, 2 with right and two with the left!  Went on to play Australian Rules with St Kilda and Sydney Swans before returning to Gaelic last year

Darran O’Sullivan – Plays his 59th League game for Kerry on Sunday and has scored 4-48 to date in the League

A Run thru the Subs:

·         Philip O’Connor (Cordal) – A farmer from Cordal near Castleisland, he made his full League debut against Dublin in Round 1 having been introduced as a sub for a number of League games last year.  When he came on as a sub against Mayo in Round 1 of the AFL last year he was the first Cordal man to play senior for Kerry since the great Tim “Tiger” Lyons who won 2 All Irelands with Kerry in 1959 and 1962. Philip won an All Ireland Junior Medal with Kerry in 2015.

·         Padraig O’Connor made his League debut as far back as 2010 when he came on as a sub against Dublin.

·         Pa Kilkenny made his League debut V Dublin in 2014 and was a regular starter on the League sides of 2014 and 2015.

·         Brendan OSullivan was a very influential player in the 2015 County Championship with South Kerry and won an All Ireland Junior medal with Kerry last year.

·         Conor Cox made his League debut in 2013 and is the holder of an All Ireland Junior medal from 2012.

·         Tom O’Sullivan from Dingle won an All Ireland Minor Medal with Kerry in 2014 at corner back and is the holder of 2 Hogan Cup medals as well as 4 Munster Colleges Corn Uí Mhuirí medals with Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne  and has the distinction of playing in every game of those 4 Munster campaigns!

·         Barry O’Sullivan is another Dingle player who won a Minor All Ireland Medal with Kerry in 2014 and captained Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne to Hogan Cup title in the same year. Holder of 3 Munster Colleges Corn Uí Mhuirí medals.

Injury Update

Colm Cooper and Marc Ó Sé have both resumed training while Kieran Donaghy, on basketball duty for the past few weeks, will return next week. Kieran O’Leary, the Geaneys, Anthony Maher, Jack Sherwood and Peter Crowley are not due back until March while James O’Donoghue is expected to return in late April.

Kerry take on Roscommon in Round 2 of the Allianz League

It may be only the second game in the competition but already Kerry’s Allianz Football League encounter with Roscommon in Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday is being labelled as a must win game for the home-side.

This situation in the League is nothing new to Kerry in recent years however, and invariably, the unavailability of some of their regular players has been the major cause for poor starts to the League campaigns. Sunday is no different. The likelihood is that Aidan O’Mahony, an absentee last weekend due to an eye injury, will be the only addition to the match day squad named for the first two League games. Colm Cooper and Marc Ó Sé have both resumed training while Kieran Donaghy, on basketball duty for the past few weeks, will return next week. Kieran O’Leary, the Geaneys, Anthony Maher, Jack Sherwood and Peter Crowley are not due back until March while James O’Donoghue is expected to return in late April.

It’s all of thirteen years since Kerry and Roscommon have crossed swords in League action and Sunday’s encounter in the Stadium has a unique feeling about it. Like Kerry, Roscommon are also seeking a first win but there was a distinct difference in the manner of their defeats. Roscommon were regarded as unlucky to go down to Monaghan courtesy of a late goal while Kerry’s fate against Dublin had been sealed much earlier in the game. As already stated, it’s a must win game – for both sides - and for that reason alone there is bound to be a bit of bite to it. Expect a far hungrier Kerry side to take the field on Sunday. Throw-in is at 2pm with Fergal Kelly of Longford the referee.

After Sunday’s game there is a three week break before the League resumes on February 28th when Kerry are away to Down.