Wednesday 21 August 2019

Keane's bravehearts batter Scotland

ALL-IRELAND JFC Semi-final: Kerry: 3-20 Scotland: 0-7

Laois prevailed in their EirGrid U20 Leinster Football Championship semi-final against Meath at O'Moore Park. Stock photo
Laois prevailed in their EirGrid U20 Leinster Football Championship semi-final against Meath at O'Moore Park. Stock photo

Jimmy Keane’s side shook off the rigours of an 18-hour trip to Glasgow when they outclassed Scotland in this one-sided All-Ireland Junior Football semi-final at the Clydebank Community Sports Hub on Saturday.

The journey was more interesting than the game for the All-Ireland Junior champs. Seeking five titles in a row, they now play Mayo or Meath in the final on July 20.

Kerry had to travel by coach to Belfast for an overnight stay on Friday; took the ferry from Larne to Stranraer on Saturday morning; then had a bus trip to Clydebank.

Following a 1pm throw-in, Kerry faced a return trip home of 16 hours. The squad did not arrive home until 4.30am on Sunday, after a journey that Keane described as “crazy and tiring”.

Kerry did not show any ill-effects on the pitch and Stephen O’Sullivan had the ball in the net inside two minutes. Despite Adrian Dawson replying for the home side, Kerry were out of sight by the end of the opening quarter.

Three points from Daniel Daly followed, and points from O’Sullivan, keeper Eoghan O’Brien (free), Philip O’Connor and Brandon Barrett, had Kerry leading 1-7 to 0-1 by the 15th minute. Kerry added another four points before half-time and led 1-11 to 0-3 at the interval.

The second half was a replica of the first, with John Mark Foley and Nathan Breen dominating midfield and goals from O’Sullivan and Daniel Daly.

Kerry ran the bench and had 12 different scorers as they coasted to another final. But a sterner test awaits.

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