Saturday 21 October 2017

O'Sullivan and Clifford lead onslaught as Kerry trounce Clare

Kerry 2-21 Clare 0-3 Munster MFC final

Kerry captain David Clifford and his team-mates celebrate with the cup after the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Final match between Kerry and Clare at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photo: Sportsfile
Kerry captain David Clifford and his team-mates celebrate with the cup after the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Final match between Kerry and Clare at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photo: Sportsfile

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Munster and All-Ireland champions Kerry recorded their 25th unbeaten minor championship game since 2013 with a rout of hapless Clare at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.

In one of the most lopsided finals in recent history, Kilgarvan's Donal O'Sullivan accounted for 2-8, while David Clifford finished with 0-6, all from play.

Clare did get the opening score of the game from midfielder Diarmuid Ryan, but then only managed a single score for the rest of the half - a Dermot Coughlan free in the 26th minute.

Kerry tacked on four rapid points in the opening six minutes, two each from Clifford and O'Sullivan, but then kicked a succession of wides.

Clifford ended a 15-minute barren spell with a beauty in the 21st minute, then added three more to give the Kingdom an eight-point advantage at the break.

Things got worse for Clare after the restart as Kerry continued to score from all angles and distances. They could even afford to substitute marquee forward Clifford midway through the second-half.

O'Sullivan added a brace of goals before the finish as vanquished Clare now head for the quarter-finals, along with a powerful looking Kingdom outfit.

"It worked out alright," said Kerry boss Peter Keane. "We started slowly but got into it well in the second-half and kicked on."

Clare boss Seamus Clancy was magnanimous in defeat, saying: "One thing I am proud about with our lads, we believed we were going to win it in the dressing-room beforehand. We came down here earlier this year and were beaten by 13 points. It was difficult to rise from that. The lads came back, though, and this is our fifth championship game and we have three wins under our belt."

Scorers - Kerry: Donal O'Sullivan (2-8, 0-3 frees), D Clifford 0-6, F Clifford and Donnchadh O'Sullivan (0-2 each) , B Friel, B O'Mahony J Griffin 0-1 each. Clare: D Coughlan (0-2, 1 free), D Ryan 0-1.

Kerry - D Uosis; S O'Leary, C O'Donoghue, C Gammell; M Potts, E Horan, N Donohue; B O'Mahony, D O'Connor; A Donoghue, D Clifford, D O'Sullivan; F Clifford, D O Sullivan, B Friel. Subs: J Griffin for B Friel ( 43), M O'Leary for C Gammell ( 45), P Warren for D Clifford ( 48), C O'Reilly for Donnacha O'Sullivan ( 52), R O'Neill for N Donohue ( 53), D Casey for S O'Leary ( 55)

Clare - M Lillis; J Sheedy, J O'Sullivan, J Miniter; S Rouine, F Donnellan, C McNeilis; D Ryan, K White; R Phelan, D Coughlan, R O'Doherty; G Cahill, G Cooney, R Considine .Subs: C O'Donnoghue for R Considine (h/t), C Dillon for G Cahill (43), D Griffin for K White (43), C McMahon for R Phelan (45) S Casey for S Rouine (55)

Ref - D Murnane (Cork)

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