Sunday 25 February 2018

Geaney shows the way as Kerry retain minor crown

Kerry 2-14 Tipperary 1-11 Munster MFC Final

Brendan Martin, Tipperary, is dispossessed by Darren Brosnan, Kerry
Brendan Martin, Tipperary, is dispossessed by Darren Brosnan, Kerry
Ronan Buckley, Kerry, in action against Mark Kehoe, Tipperary
Conor Geaney, Kerry, in action against Gavin Whelan, Tipperary
Brian Kavanagh, Longford, in action against Kevin Harnett, Clare
Enda Coughlan, Clare, in action against Liam Connerton, Longford Newsdesk Newsdesk

Kerry posted back-to-back Munster Minor championship wins when they easily accounted for 2011 champions Tipperary at the Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney yesterday, in a game they always dominated.

It was a game decided by the two first-half goals scored by the Kingdom and with Conor Geaney emerging as the star, Tipperary had no answers and never looked like troubling the Kingdom.

With Marc O'Connor and Andrew Barry winning primary possession in midfield, and despite Tipperary funnelling numbers back to defend, the Kerry attack were punishing their opponents with regularity.

Kerry's inside line, led by Geaney, fired over three early points, from Michael Foley, Sean O'Shea and Geaney as Brendan Martin responded with a solitary Tipperary point. Then Kerry struck for the first of two opening-half goals, when Foley and Stephen O'Sullivan worked the ball to Geaney who billowed the Tipperary net.


Skipper Danny Owens scored a fine point for Tipp but they were unable to penetrate a hard-working Kerry defence.

Then after Aidan Buckley kicked another Tipperary point, Kerry struck for the killer goal in the 14th minute. Barry turned provider as Geaney skinned his marker and shot low to the net and things looked ominous for Tipperary as Kerry led 2-5 to 0-3 by the 16th minute.

Tipp enjoyed their best spell in the final six minutes of the half, and though they added two points from Jack Kennedy and Alan Tynan, they also kicked three wides.

Kerry resumed where they left off in the second half with O'Connor and Barry reigning supreme, and it was O'Connor who set up Gavin White for a superb point, and another from Ronan Buckley left Kerry nine points in front.

For the rest of the game Kerry controlled matters, but it was Man of the Match Geaney who kicked three points from play in the final moments, that saw Kerry cruise to victory. A goal from Aidan Butler, and a point from Owens for Tipp, was too little too late, but their summer is still not over.

Scorers - Kerry: C Geaney 1-5 ( 0-1 free), C Linnane 1-1, S O Shea 0-2 ( 0-1 free), M Foley 0-2, J Morgan, G White, S O Sullivan, B Sweeney 0-1 each. Tipperary: A Buckley 1-2, A Tynan 0-3 (0-2 frees), J Kennedy 0-2 (0-1 free), B Martin 0-2, D Owens, M Kehoe 0-1 each .

Kerry - B Courtney; D Brosnan, J Foley, J Morgan; G White, M Breen, D O'Brien; M O'Connor, A Barry; B Ó Seanacháin, C Linnane, S O'Shea; S O'Sullivan, M Foley, and C Geaney. Subs: B Sweeney for C Linnane (30), R Buckley for B Ó Seanacháin (42), D O Shea for M Breen (50), B Barrett for S O Shea (55), J Goulding for S O'Sullivan (56), T l O'Sullivan for J Morgan ( 58)

Tipperary - C Manton; T Fitzgerald, M Irwin, T Lowry; L Fahy, D Owens, J Skehan; J Kennedy, T Nolan; A Buckley, B McGrath, E Moloney; S Power, A Power, A Tynan, B Martin. Subs: G Whelan for T Lowry ( 18), J Bergin for E Moloney ( 24), M Kehoe for L Fahy ( h/t), R Peters for S Power (46), J Moloney for J Skehan (54), J Delahunt for M Irwin (60).

Ref - K Murphy (Cork).


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