Monday 20 November 2017

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Martin Clarke (Down)

Pulled the strings for Down in a tactical masterclass. Given licence to float through the middle third, drifting between defence and attack, picking locks with his clever foot-passes.

Turning point

Joe McQuillan's interpretation of an illegal handpass in the build-up to Killian Young's disallowed goal. That would have put Kerry in front by a point; Down responded with four unanswered scores to lead by six at the break.

Talking point

How the numbers caught up on an ageing Kerry team. Without six of last year's side, they were bereft of leaders.

Ref watch

McQuillan was unimpressive.

What they said

James McCartan (Down manager): "We'd be fools if we get carried away with what happened here today because of nostalgia and things that happened a lot of years ago."

Jack O'Connor (Kerry manager):

"We weren't going to battle with our full army. That wasn't a help. They were kicking points for fun at the end."

Match statistics

Wides: Down 10 (4); Kerry 6 (5).

Frees: Down 16 (4); Kerry 24 (8).

Yellow cards: Down 4 (D Rooney 38, D Rafferty 47, K King 56, A Rodgers 64 ); Kerry 5 (Darran O'Sullivan 34, Declan O'Sullivan 35, D Walsh 38 and 46, K Donaghy 53 mins).

Red cards: Down 0; Kerry 1 (Walsh 46).

Attendance: 62,739.

What next?

Down meet Kildare in the semi-final on August 29. Kerry have a barren September for the first time since 2003.

Irish Independent

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