Tuesday 20 February 2018

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Peter Acheson (Tipperary)

Kerry's Darran O'Sullivan was an early contender, and several Tipp defenders, particularly Brian Fox and Paddy Codd, were strong, but centre-forward Acheson impressed throughout.

Turning point

Kerry's timely substitutions. After Tipp cut the deficit to a point, the arrival of four subs in six minutes, particularly Kieran Donaghy and James O'Donoghue, helped Kerry score four unanswered points in 12 minutes to pull five clear again.

Talking point

How bad Kerry looked. It's still early doors, but many of their marquee players were beaten to the ball by relative unknowns who looked far hungrier and sharper. They lacked leadership and direction at times.

Magic moment

Darran O'Sullivan's phenomenal solo point after 23 minutes. He caught the kick-out at half-way, put the head down and slalomed through to score from close range.

Ref watch

Marty Duffy is always very firm about technical and off-the-ball fouls, but Tipp boss Peter Creedon felt they didn't get their share of the breaks.

What they said

Jack O'Connor (Kerry manager):

"Tipperary have done great work and they put it right up to us. We were a bit rusty, with our last game six weeks ago, and we've a bit of work to do before the Cork game."

Peter Creedon (Tipperary manager):

"We had three forwards starting who hadn't played a senior championship match before . On one or two occasions I thought guys could have shot a little bit earlier, but Kerry have good defenders so there's going to be pressure on the ball."

Match statistics

Wides: Kerry 8 (5 first half); Tipperary 10 (4).

Frees: Kerry 19 (7); Tipperary 18 (9).

Yellow cards: Kerry 3 (Brosnan 38, Maher 53, Donaghy 59); Tipperary 6 (Quinlivan 36, Codd 38, Hannigan 50, Leahy 51, Egan 54, McDonald 58).

Red cards: 0.

Attendance: 22,068.

What next?

Kerry play Cork in the Munster semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on June 10; Tipperary go into Round 1 of the Qualifiers on June 30.

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport