O'Sullivan stars as Kerry rout the Rossies to set up Dublin decider
Kerry 3-15 Roscommon 0-14
Published 10/04/2016 | 18:19
A deadly first half Kerry blitz paved the way for a return to an Allianz Division One league final for the first time in seven years.
Darran O'Sullivan led the charge, scoring a goal and making a contribution to the other two as the Kingdom stormed into a 3-8 interval to 0-5 lead.
Colm Cooper got the opening goal on 13 minutes after fine approach work from David Moran, O'Sullivan and Stephen O'Brien who delivered the last pass.
That gave Kerry a 1-3 to 0-2 lead which they doubled in the 28th minute when Donnchadh Walsh fielded above Seanie McDermott and eventually wriggled free, taking a generous amount of steps and turns in the process, to beat Geoffrey Claffey for a 2-6 to 0-4 advantage.
McDermott misjudged another delivery for the third goal, this time O'Sullivan getting in behind to beat Claffey who was fortunate to avoid a black card as he attempted to pull down the Kerry attacker deep into injury-time.
At one stage early in the second half Kerry were 14 points clear but Roscommon did gain a firm foothold around midfield, especially after Moran's departure, and were able to stem the tide.
It was a highly impressive Kerry performance which yielded a sixth successive league win.
For Roscommon it was a slight setback after so much progress as they met the full physical force of a Kerry team intent on healing the wounds inflicted by last year's All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin.
O'Sulivan finished with 1-4 but the movement and athleticism of their attack overall was a real feature.
Scorers - Kerry: C Cooper 1-5 (0-5fs), D O'Sullivan 1-4, D Walsh 1-0, P Murphy 0-2, J Buckley, M O Se, B O'Sullivan, BJ Keane all 0-1 each.
Roscommon: C Murtagh (3fs), D Murtagh (3fs) 0-4 each, N Collins 0-2, S McDermott, C Devaney, G Claffey (45), D Shine (45) all 0-1 each.
Kerry: B Kelly; M Ó Sé, M Griffin, S Enright; A O’Mahony, P Crowley, F Fitzgerald; K Donaghy, D Moran; D Walsh, P Murphy, J Buckley; D O’Sullivan, C Cooper, S O’Brien.
Subs: B Sheehan for J Buckley (inj 19); K Young for F Fitzgerald (46); A Fitzgerald for S O’Brien (48); BJ Keane for D Walsh (54); B O’Sullivan for D Moran (57); P O’Connor for P Crowley (62).
Roscommon: G Claffey; S McDermott, N Collins, N McInerney; S, Mullooly, S Purcell, D Murray; N Daly, C Shine; F Cregg, C Murtagh, C Devaney; D Murtagh, S Kilbride, C Cregg.
Subs: R Stack for S Purcell (h-t), D Shine for C Shine (h-t); D Keenan for S Mullolly (47); R Daly for C Devaney (55), N Kilroy for C Cregg (55); J McDermott for N Daly (66).
Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)