Monday 20 January 2020

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Donnacha Walsh (Kerry)

Kieran Donaghy and Mike McCarthy had excellent second halves, but Walsh was consistent and efficient over the 70 minutes and, noticeably, the one man on which Tipp switched markers.

Turning point

Kerry's first goal after 46 minutes. Unlike their second, which was a thing of beauty, It was decidedly flukey and psychologically that seemed to be the blow from which Tipp never recovered.

Talking point

The latest variation on the handpass rule which is causing such disruption. It left Jack O'Connor frustrated and John Evans calling those who introduced it "intelligent fools!"

Ref watch

Kerry had an argument for a penalty early on the restart and Tipp's second goal also looked like a square ball, so David Coldrick, who otherwise did well, was lucky neither affected the result.

what they said

Jack O'Connor (Kerry manager):

"I know we finished strong, but there were periods there where I thought we didn't keep the pedal to the metal, which we should have."

John Evans (Tipperary Manager):

"Kerry are a wonderful team and we went toe-to-toe with them for as long as we could. With such a young team I was certainly delighted. You must remember some of the scores they got were absolutely fantastic."

Match statistics

Wides: Kerry 6 (5); Tipperary 7 (3).

Frees: Kerry 22 (14); Tipperary 25 (10).

Yellow cards: Kerry 3 (Quirke 37, Young 58, Griffin 62); Tipperary 7 (Costigan 23, Hannigan 35, Curran 44, McGrath 46, Mulryan 52, Grogan 62, 69)

Red cards: Kerry 0; Tipperary 1 (Grogan).

Attendance: 4,965.

What next?

Kerry play Cork in in Fitzgerald Stadium on June 6. Tipperary go into the first round of the Qualifiers on June 26.

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