Sunday 17 December 2017

Kerry put on show of strength in rout of Deise


DECLAN ROONEY in Killarney

For the second time in six days Kerry had few problems disposing of weaker opposition as they eased their way into the Munster final.

Kieran Donaghy and Declan O'Sullivan goals early in the second half killed off the determined Deise men who had no answer for the patient, driven display of the Kingdom, who now meet the winners of Cork and Clare in the provincial final.

From the outset, Waterford made their intentions clear and moved 13 men behind the ball every time Kerry gained possession. As a consequence, space was hard to come by in the opening exchanges for the Kerry attackers, but the usual outcome when they shook off the cover was a well-taken point.

James O'Donoghue was the first to avail of that space and got the home side off the mark in the second minute and, four minutes later, team captain Colm Cooper doubled that lead with a free – his 250th championship point for Kerry to go with the 19 goals he also has to his name.

With Paul Galvin frequently appearing on the ball, Kerry slowly began to grind down Waterford and three points in a row from O'Donoghue, John Buckley and a trademark Tomas O Se score from wing-back saw them open out a 0-6 to 0-1 advantage by the 17th minute.

It looked plain sailing for the Kingdom at that stage but Waterford dug deep to outscore their hosts three points to two after that as Kerry went in with a 0-8 to 0-4 advantage at half-time.

After their hearty display in the opening half, Waterford would have sought to keep it tight in the early stages of the second half. However, it didn't work out that way as they shipped 1-3 inside the first four minutes.

Tomas O Se got the Kingdom off and running again with a booming point off his left boot. But the telling blow arrived in the 39th minute when Donaghy punched another high ball from Tomas O Se to the net from the edge of the square to end Waterford's hopes and Declan O'Sullivan made sure with Kerry's second goal five minutes later after a flowing move.

Kerry added goals through Bryan Sheehan and Anthony Maher.

Scorers – Kerry: C Cooper (3f), J Buckley (2f) 0-4 each, B Sheehan 1-1 (1-0pen, 1f), K Donaghy, Declan O'Sullivan, A Maher 1-0 each, J O'Donoghue, P Galvin, T O Se 0-2 each, M O Se, F Fitzgerald, P Crowley, D Walsh, Darran O'Sullivan, K O'Leary 0-1 each

Waterford: T Grey 1-1, P Whyte 0-2 (1f), S Aherne 0-1.

Kerry: B Kealy; M O Se, A O'Mahony, F Fitzgerald; T O Se, K Young, P Crowley; A Maher, J Buckley; D Walsh, C Cooper, P Galvin; Declan O'Sullivan, K Donaghy, J O'Donoghue. Subs: Darran O'Sullivan for Walsh (45), E Brosnan for T O Se (50), B Sheehan for Maher (53), S Enwright for M O Se (57), J O'Leary for Donaghy (60),

Waterford: S Enright; T O hUallachain, N Walsh, T O'Gorman; J Hurney, S Briggs, C Phelan; M O'Gorman, T Prendergast; S Aherne, T Grey, A Doyle; P Whyte, G hurney, R Aherne. Subs: C O'Keeffe for Phelan (48), L O Lonain for Doyle (48), P Hurney for Aherne (54), S O'Hare for Prendergast (66).

Referee: M Higgins (Fermanagh)

Irish Independent

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