Wednesday 22 January 2020

Late Ó Sé goal seals another title for Kerry

Kerry 2-13 Galway 2-11

Dan O'Donoghue of Kerry celebrates at the final whistle after the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final match between Kerry and Galway at Cusack Park in Ennis, Co. Clare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Dan O'Donoghue of Kerry celebrates at the final whistle after the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final match between Kerry and Galway at Cusack Park in Ennis, Co. Clare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Kerry manager Jimmy Keane praised the character of his players as they fought back late on, with a Niall Ó Sé goal helping them to a fourth straight All-Ireland JFC title. The small crowd of 725 was treated to a thrilling encounter throughout, but Galway should have won this game and their massive wides tally of 15 was a significant figure.

Kerry were 1-7 to 1-6 in front at half-time. David Clifford's older brother, Paudie, scored Kerry's goal and Padraic Cunningham found the net for Galway. But when Jonathan Ryan scored their second goal late on Galway looked to be on their way to victory - Ó Sé's penalty came in the 57th minute.

Pádraic Cunningham of Galway in action against Dan O'Donoghue of Kerry during the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final match between Kerry and Galway at Cusack Park in Ennis, Co. Clare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Pádraic Cunningham of Galway in action against Dan O'Donoghue of Kerry during the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final match between Kerry and Galway at Cusack Park in Ennis, Co. Clare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

"It was some way to win it. We had to show that character early in the year too against Cork. We referred back to last year when we went down nine points against Cork. You have dig deep on certain occasions and we knew today again would be no different. Thankfully we were able to," said Keane.

Kerry began well and Clifford's goal arrived after a mistake from Maughnus Breathnach. The Galway defence was opened up and the Fossa clubman raced through to finish low to the net in the seventh minute. That gave Kerry a 1-2 to 0-1 lead before Cunningham barged through to do likewise for Galway nine minutes before the interval.

Kerry started the second half well, scoring the first three points, but as Galway got back into the game they racked up too many wides. Matthew Reddington passed to Ryan for his goal in the 47th minute but Clifford was hauled down and Ó Sé slotted the resultant penalty to win.

SCORERS - Kerry: N Ó Sé 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), T Hickey 0-4 (0-2f), P Clifford 1-0, E Cronin and L O'Donoghue 0-2 each, D Daly 0-1. Galway: J Ryan 1-2 (0-1f), P Cunningham 1-1, S Gaffney 0-4 (0-4f), M Coady, A Ó Laoí, A Molloy and M Day 0-1 each.

Damien O'Reilly of Galway in action against Cillian Fitzgerald of Kerry during the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final match between Kerry and Galway at Cusack Park in Ennis, Co. Clare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Damien O'Reilly of Galway in action against Cillian Fitzgerald of Kerry during the GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final match between Kerry and Galway at Cusack Park in Ennis, Co. Clare. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

KERRY: D O'Shea; T Wallace, D O'Donoghue, P O'Sullivan; P O'Connor, A Barry, S Moloney; K Murphy, R Murphy; E Cronin, P Clifford, D Daly; T Hickey, L O'Donoghue, N Ó Sé. Subs: C Fitzgerald for R Murphy (52), R Buckley for L O'Donoghue (54), C O'Shea for O'Connor (57).

GALWAY: M Breathnach; E O'Sullivan, S Cunniffe, C Reilly; A Ward, S Ó Currin, D O'Reilly; A Molloy, M Day; P Éoin Ó Curraoin, A Ó Laoí, T Gleeson; J Ryan, P Cunningham, M Coady. Subs: D Hennessy for Day (11-13, blood), M Reddington for Gleeson (half-time), T Rabbitte for Ward (40), S Gaffney for Coady (43), D Hennessy for Ó Curraoin (50), C Farley for Ryan (58), J Kirrane for O'Reilly (63).

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