Saturday 17 November 2018

Geaney caps rout as Kerry cruise into final

Munster U-21 FC semi-final
Kerry 1-18
Waterford 0-3

Kerry cruised into another final after disposing of a weak Waterford outfit in this one-sided semi-final at Dungarvan on Saturday.

The game never rose above mediocrity as Kerry only converted six of 17 first-half scoring opportunities, created by the midfield dominance of rising star Johnny Buckley and up-field forays of attacking defenders Peter Crowley and Padraig O'Connor.

Paul Geaney kicked three points from play to steer Kerry into a 0-6 to 0-2 half-time lead, but the writing was on the wall for Waterford, who had only Adam Brophy's two frees to show for 30 minutes with the wind to their backs.

The second half was embarrassing at times as Kerry went up through the gears.

Their attack cut loose with a succession of points from Barry John Walsh, Barry John Keane and man-of-the-match Geaney, who put the icing on the cake in the 50th minute, when he latched on to an Edmund Walsh through-ball before slipping his marker and blasting the ball into the roof of the net.

Waterford did not manage a single score from play in the entire hour.

Kerry now play Tipperary in the Munster final on the evening of Wednesday, March 31 in Tralee.

Scorers -- Kerry: P Geaney 1-5, BJ Walsh 0-4 (0-4f), B J Keane 0-3 (0-1f), J Lyne, J Buckley, J O'Donoghue, D Casey, E Walsh and P Curtin 0-1 each. Waterford: A Brophy 0-3 (0-3f).

Kerry -- T Mac an tSaoir; P Crowley, K O'Connor, B McGuire; P O'Connor, B Shanahan, J Lyne; J Buckley, C Moriarty; J O'Donoghue, B J Keane, M Geaney; D Casey, B J Walsh, P Geaney. Subs: E Walsh for C Moriarty ( 35), P Galvin for B McGuire (40), P Curtin for P Geaney (52), P O'Donoghue for M Geaney( 53), I Somers for B McGuire ( 58).

Waterford -- S Enright; P Kiely, C Burke, E Lonergan; N Walsh, J McGrath, T Prendergast; C Guiry, T Houlihan; R Cathal, R Fenton, D Phelan; A Brophy, D Grey, K Williams. Subs: M Wise for J McGrath (18), J O'Mahony for D Phelan (h/t), S Lawlor for R Cathal (h/t), I Power for C Burke (56), A Seward for D Grey (56).

Ref --Micheal Meade (Limerick)

Irish Independent

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