KERRY suffered a second defeat in as many weeks going down to the Shannon Blues on a score line of 0-9 to 0-2 in the Pat O'Brien Cup. Kerry could argue that they played against the wind in both halves – it was that kind of day, brilliant sunshine, but strong gusts of wind on and off.
The Blues settled early in this game kicking five very good points to Kerry's two. Tadgh Ciobhian had Kerry's opening score after 11 minutes. Two minutes later a great move by Donacha Fenton set up Kieran O'connor for a class point, but that would be all for Kerry as they could not raise another flag going in at the half down by three points – 0-5 to 0-2.
In the second half Kerry tried hard to come to terms with the Blues, while failing to score. They were unlucky not to have scored two goals and make a game of it. With the home base deadline of April 30 the Blues had some new faces on hand which proved too much for Kerry.
Man of the match for Kerry was captain Kieran O'connor, while Mike Godley played his heart out at corner back. Ian Somers ( above) and Gene Cummings held their own in the middle and Shane O'leary kept a clean sheet in goals. The Kerry forwards will have to get to know each other a little better as the Championship starts on May 20, when they take on Aiden Mcannespies.
Kerry were without their big center fielder today Paddy Tanny as his father died last night in County Tyrone. We would all like to send our deepest sympathy to Paddy and his family.