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Kingdom reeling after minors slip to Tipp loss

Published 19/05/2011 | 05:00

Ahead of Sunday's Munster SFC opener against Tipperary in Killarney, Kerry football suffered another major reverse last night when their minors were stunned by the Premier County.

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The shock one-point defeat comes hot on the heels of the Kerry U-21s' humiliating 22-point defeat to Cork in last month's Munster final, and places another major question mark over the direction football in the Kingdom is heading.

The Kerry minors were red-hot favourites heading to Thurles as Tipp hadn't beaten Kerry in the grade since 2002, but the hosts produced an amazing second-half comeback to set up a final date with Cork on July 3.

The Kingdom led by 3-6 to 0-5 at the break but Tipp outscored their opponents by 2-7 to 0-2 in the second half, Liam McGrath kicking the winner in the sixth minute of injury-time.

Elsewhere, Eoin Brosnan has been named at centre-back on the Kerry senior team to face Tipp. Brosnan was lured out of retirement earlier this year and is flanked by Tomas O Se and Aidan O'Mahony in the half-back line.

Bryan Sheehan partners Anthony Maher in midfield and Dr Crokes attacker Kieran O'Leary gets his chance at corner forward. Paul Galvin has to make do with a place on the bench.

Irish Independent

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