Posted on January 25, 2015 by John O’Mahony
NOT for the first time this season, Killarney Legion’s Conor Keane was the stand-out player as Kerry booked their place in the Plate final of the Hastings Cup Under 21 invitational football tournament.
The opportunist Keane – easily the most exciting prospect in the game – knocked over six dead-ball points as Darragh Ó Sé’s side registered an emphatic 3-12 to 0-8 victory over Monaghan in the semi-final in Portlaoise on Saturday afternoon.
Keane converted three early scores to give his side the lead and, although Monaghan fought back to level the game at 0-4 each, Glenflesk’s Dara Roche and Michéal Burns of Dr Crokes both pointed before Jack Barry pounced to blast home a goal to put Kerry four clear at the break, 1-5 to 0-4.
Points in the second half from Brian Crowley, Burns, Keane (two) and Roche eased the Kingdom into a 1-10 to 0-6 lead and then they struck for two opportunist goals to seal the tie, with Cillian Fitzgerald and the impressive Dara Roche both finding the target.
Kerry scorers: Conor Keane 0-6; Dara Roche 1-1; Jack Barry and Cillian Fitzgerald 1-0 each; Brian Crowley and Micheál Burns 0-2 each; Kevin McCarthy 0-1.
Kerry: Darragh O’Shea (Ballydonoghue), Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht), Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Sean T Dillon (St Senans), Cathal Murphy (Rathmore), Denis Daly (St Marys), Cathal Ó Luing (An Ghaeltacht), Jack Barry (Na Gaeil), Eanna Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht), Micheál Burns (Dr Crokes), Brian Crowley (Templenoe), Matthew Flaherty (Dingle), Dara Roche (Glenflesk), Cillian Fitzgerald (Churchill), Conor Keane (Legion).
Subs: Killian Spillane (Templenoe), Liam Carey (Beaufort), Donal Maher (Kilcummin), Kevin McCarthy (Kilcummin), David Foran (St Senans), Paul McMahon (St Pats).