Wednesday 28 September 2016

Kerry end barren spell

Kerry 0-11 Tipperary 1-7 EirGrid U21 FC

Published 10/03/2016 | 02:30

Tom O'Sullivan celebrates his side's victory (SPORTSFILE)
Tom O'Sullivan celebrates his side's victory (SPORTSFILE)
Tom O'Sullivan in action against Jack Kennedy (SPORTSFILE)
Colm O'Shaughnessy in action against Greg Horan, left, and Matthew O'Sullivan (SPORTSFILE)
Andrew Barry in action against Josh Keane (SPORTSFILE)
Kerry captain Jack Savage urges on his side after kicking a free (SPORTSFILE)

Fourteen-man Kerry chiselled out their first win at U-21 level since March 2012 after they battled to a one-point win against a defensive Tipperary side in their quarter-final at Austin Stack Park.

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Kerry looked to be in big trouble at half-time as they were down to 14 men after Matthew O'Sullivan was sent off and had to face a stiff wind in the second half but somehow they fashioned out a win thanks to an outstanding defence.

However, it was the introduction of Barry O'Sullivan to midfield for the second half that changed the course of the game in Kerry's favour as his high fielding and all-round strong play had Tipperary on the back foot for most of the second half.

The sides were level at half-time on 0-6 to 1-3 with Jack Savage kicking four points for Kerry and Tipperary staying in touch thanks to Liam Casey's 14th-minute goal.

With the sides deadlocked in the 50th minute Kerry moved three clear thanks to Barry O'Sullivan, Savage and Burns and despite two late points from Tipperary, Kerry held out.

Scorers - Kerry: J Savage 0-7 (0-6 frees); M Burns 0-2, T Brosnan and B O'Sullivan 0-1 each. Tipperary: L Casey 1-1, J Kennedy 0-2, J Keane 0-2 frees, R Mulcahy and S Quirke 0-1 each.

Kerry: E O'Brien; B O Beaglaoich, C O Luing, T O'Sullivan; B Sugrue, A Barry, G White; M O'Sullivan, G Horan; B Barrett, M Burns, B O Seanachain; T Brosnan, E O Conchuir, J Savage. Subs: B O'Sullivan for G Horan (H/T), C Spillane for E O Conchuir ( H/T), D Roche for T Brosnan (40), D Foran for B Barrett (42), D O 'Donoghue for B Sugrue (58).

Tipperary: J McDonald; C O'Shaughnessy, J Feehan, D Owens; R Mulcahy, K Fahy, S O'Connell; P Shanahan, L Casey; E Moloney, J Kennedy, J Keane: P Maher, S Quirke, T Nolan. Subs: L Boland for P Shanahan (53), B Martin for T Nolan (57).

Referee: K Murphy ( Cork) .

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