Thursday 29 June 2017

Kingdom reeling after minors slip to Tipp loss

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.

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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