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Monday 15 September 2014

It's Mayo next for Kerry

Published 06/08/2014 | 05:36

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Kerry fan Jayden Foley, age 5, from Farranfore, Co. Kerry, shows his support outside Croke Park ahead of the game

KERRY maintained their excellent record at the quarter-final stage of the All Ireland championship with a fully merited 1-20 to 2-10 victory over a gallant, but wasteful Galway side at Croke Park on Sunday last.

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James O'Donoghue's first half goal set Kerry up nicely for the second half and though Galway tested Kerry's mettle fully during the third quarter, the Kingdom finished strongly to set up a winner takes all semi-final with Mayo on Sunday, August.

The Connacht side got a good test of their credentials from a resurgent Cork outfit in the quarter final on Sunday and Kerry have their work cut out for them against a side who have been maturing steadily under James Horan. An early injury sustained by Bryan Sheehan means the St Marys man will be in a race against time to be fit for the semi-final.

Minors

AFTER a game that will hardly live long in the memory, Kerry qualified for the All Ireland Minor Football Championship semi final and a meeting with Mayo (presumably on August 24) when disposing of an outclassed Kildare side before an attendance of 2,527 at Semple Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday.

Kerry held all the aces in this contest with the likes of Briain Ó Beaglaóich, Barry O'Sullivan, Michéal Burns (until dismissed on a black card in the 37th minute), and Tomás Ó Sé in fine form and indeed the elusive Ó Sé was easily the most accomplished player on view.

Jordan Kiely's goal helped Kerry to a 1-7 to 0-4 interval lead and though Kildare did reduce the deficit to four points with a goal at the three quarter stage, Kerry, and Ó Sé in particular finished strongly with Ó Sé's goal the highlight of the match.

Juniors

THE Kerry Juniors play Sligo in the All Ireland Junior Championship semi-final in Ennis on this Saturday at 3pm.

Cusack Park will be familiar territory to Kerry as they defeated Clare there in the Munster semi-final (2-12 to 0-7) before disposing of the Cork challenge in the Munster Final in Tralee on a score of 3-14 to 0-13.

A number of players are carrying injuries and manager Stephen Wallace will be hoping that these will have cleared up in time for Saturday's game. Cavan play the UK winners in the other semi-final. The final is fixed for August 23.

Cúl Camps

NEXT week is week 7 of the annual Kellogs GAA Cúl Camps at the following venues: Fitzgerald Stadium, Castlegregory, Lispole, Gneeveguilla, Tarbert, St Senans, Foilmore, Ballyduff and Tralee Parnells in Caherslee.

Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Camps are open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age from Monday to Friday, 10am to 2.30pm daily. Children can register at each venue on the first day of a camp.

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