Clifford fires Kingdom into final Galway march on
Kerry 2-17 Kildare 1-14
Kerry had to work hard to reach their fifth successive Junior All-Ireland final on Saturday in Páirc Tailteann as a resurgent Kildare side kept supporters guessing.
Kerry held a 1-6 to 0-1 lead by the 16th minute through Paudie Clifford's goal. Midfielders Kieran Murphy and Ronan Murphy were Kerry's driving force.
Increasing their margin to nine points by the 22nd minute, the result looked secure until Kildare scored six consecutive points.
Relying on Declan Campbell and Barry Noone frees, points from Brian Travers and David Malone meant Kildare trailed 1-9 to 0-9 at half-time.
Barry Noone reduced the margin to two points at the beginning of the second half. Niall Ó'Sé, Pádraig O'Connor, Denis Daly, Paudie O'Connor and Thomas Hickey points gave Kerry a 1-14 to 0-10 lead with 12 minutes remaining.
Leading 1-17 to 0-12 with six minutes left, Kerry's thoughts ventured to their impending All-Ireland final with Galway, allowing Kildare to close the margin.
When Campbell and Eoghan Lawless points left six in the difference, Lawless's 63rd-minute penalty meant three separated the sides, until Cillian Fitzgerald palmed Kerry's 66th-minute goal.
SCORERS - Kerry: P Clifford 1-3 (1 '45); N Ó Sé 0-4 (2f; C Fitzgerald 1-0;T Hickey (2f); R Murphy 0-3 each; P O'Sullivan, D Daly, K Murphy, P O'Connor 0-1 each. Kildare: E Lawless 1-2 (pen, 1f); B Noone (2f), D Campbell (3f, 1 '45) 0-4 each; M Nolan 0-2; B Travers, D Malone 0-1 each.
KERRY - D Ó Sé; T Wallace, D Donoghue, P O'Sullivan; C Ó Sé, D Daly, P O'Connor; K Murphy, R Murphy; E Cronin, P Clifford, R Buckley; T Hickey, L Donoghue, N Ó Sé. Subs: C Fitzgerald for Buckley (38), C Farley for L Donohue (42), G O'Leary for Cronin (55), S Dillion for Wallace (58), G Horan for C Ó'Sé (59), J Brosnan for O'Sullivan (60).
KILDARE - D Campbell; K Corrigan, M Grace, T Dore; G Waters, E McMonagle, N Sherry; L Power, B Travers; D Malone, M Nolan, E Lawless; C Murray, M Sherry, B Noone. Subs: D Flaherty for Sherry (38), S O'Leary for Murray (44), T Barron for McMonagle (44), S Maughan for Noone (49), C Divilly for Dore (55), J Jennings for Nolan (59).
REF - L Devenney (Mayo).
Galway march on
Galway 2-22 Kilkenny 2-8
Kilkenny were hit for three points within two minutes before John Walsh ended a lovely move by punching the ball into the net.
It wasn't long before the divide was up to 2-12 to 1-3, though, although Michael Jones did net in the 51st minute for Kilkenny. The Galway goals came from Johnny Ryan and Matthew Reddington.
SCORERS - Galway: J Ryan 1-4 (0-2f); P Cunningham 0-7; G Kelly 0-6 (2fs); M Reddington 1-1; M Day 0-2; A Ó Laoi, S Gaffney 0-1 each. Kilkenny: J Walsh 1-2; M Jones 1-0; I Duggan 0-2 (f); M Malone, S Stapleton, C O'Carroll , M Kenny 0-1 (f) each.
Galway - M Breathnach; E O'Sullivan, S Cunniffe, C Reilly; A Ward, S Ó Currin, D O'Reilly; A Molloy, M Day; PE Ó Curraoin, A Ó Laoi, T Gleeson; J Ryan, P Cunningham, G Kelly. Subs: M Reddington for T Gleeson (BC 14), A Ó hIarnáin for Ó Curraoin (38), D Hennessy for Molloy (44), O Canney for Ó Currin (52), S Gaffney for Cunningham (54), T Rabbitte for Kelly (60).
Kilkenny - JJ O'Sullivan; A Duggan, R O'Hara, P Kelly; M Gaffney, P McConigley, S Kelly; S Dowd, M Malone; M Kenny, J Culleton, S Stapleton; E Moylan, I Duggan, J Walsh. Subs: J Fennelly for P Kelly (19), L Hickey for McConigley (40), M Jones for O'Hara (45), C Joyce for M Kenny (45), J Power for Dowd (BC 48), C O'Carroll for Moylan (53).
Ref - S Lonergan (Tipperary).