Saturday 26 May 2018

David Clifford dominates as Kerry become first minor side to qualify for four consecutive All-Ireland finals

David Clifford of Kerry during the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Final match between Kerry and Clare at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
David Clifford of Kerry during the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Final match between Kerry and Clare at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Kerry centre-half-forward David Clifford scored 1-10 of the Kingdom's 2-22 as Peter Keane's side roared to a fourth consecutive All-Ireland minor final with a comprehensive 12-point win over Cavan at Croke Park.

Clifford was sensational for Kerry and was hailed by former Kingdom great Pat Spillane as 'the next Maurice Fitzgerald', a player many consider to be the greatest Gaelic Football player of all time.

Clifford, Michael Potts, Diarmuid O'Connor and Brian Friel all returned from last year's All-Ireland winning side with O'Connor and Friel chipping in with five points between to them to supplement the attacking threat of Clifford.

Cavan, who lost to Derry in last month's Ulster minor final, were no match for Kerry despite overcoming last year's finalists Galway in the quarter-final in Carrick-on-Shannon earlier this month.

The Breffni County managed to stay level with Kerry throughout the early stages of the contest, but a run of six unanswered points from Kerry between the 16th and 26th minutes ultimately killed off any realistic chance the Ulster side had of mounting a comeback.

Kerry: D Uosis; N Donohue, C O'Donoghue, S O'Leary; P Warren, M Potts, C Gammell; B Mahony (0-01), D O'Connor (0-01); A Donoghue, B Friel (0-04), F Clifford (0-02); D Clifford (1-10, 0-02 45, 0-01f), Donnchadh O'Sullivan (0-01), Donal O'Sullivan (0-01, 0-01f).

Subs: J Griffin (1-01) for Donnchadh O'Sullivan 43, E Horan (0-01) for Warren 47, C Ferriter for Donal O'Sullivan 51, C O'Reilly for F Clifford 58, M O'Leary for Mahony 61, R O'Neill for Gammell 68.

Cavan: G O'Rourke; J Cooke, E Fortune, C Timoney; R Coyle, P Nulty, D Cusack; R Patterson (0-01), O Kiernan; R Curran, C Madden (0-01), P Rogers (0-01); J Smith (1-02), O Pierson (1-05, 0-02f), P Lynch.

Subs: S Keogan for Kiernan h/t, K Brady for Coyle 37, N McCabe for Lynch 45, T Reilly for Curran 51, P Meade for Patterson 60, R Madden for Timoney 68.

Referee: L Devenney (Mayo).

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