Kerry defeated Derry by 1-17 to 0-13 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on February 8th at Celtic Park.
Paul Geaney’s match-winning total of 1-5 from play helped All-Ireland champions Kerry pick up their first victory in this year’s Allianz Football League.
In what was their first-ever match in Celtic Park, Kerry were never behind and led 0-10 to 0-7 at half time. Derry captain Mark Lynch was given a red card after 51 minutes when his side were trailing by four points. Kerry were already in control but took advantage of the extra man to romp to a comfortable win, with Geaney hitting 1-4 of his total in the second period. Bryan Sheehan was unerring from dead balls hitting seven points in all.
Geaney and Stephen O’Brien kicked points inside the first minute to put Kerry ahead and although Derry drew level twice during the opening half, the Kingdom had their noses in front for most of it. Derry wing-back Kevin Johnston scored their first point and a Mark Lynch free drew them level after five minutes.
Kerry opened up a 0-5 to 0-3 lead with Bryan Sheehan in fine form with a 45m point from play, a long-range free off the ground and a ’45′. With little penetration in the full-forward line, Derry were restricted to long-range points and Gerard O’Kane, sweeper Daniel Heavron and Ciaran McFaul all landed sweet points from distance.
Tommy Walsh, starting his first game for Kerry since the 2009 All-Ireland final, started at wing-forward but struggled to get into the game and switched to full-forward before half-time. Kerry had a strong second quarter and Jack Sherwood ran 50 metres straight through the heart of the opposition’s defence to chip the ball over the bar with Stephen O’Brien and Barry John Keane also on target as the visitors coasted to a 0-10 to 0-7 half-time lead.
With no scores from their full-forward line, Derry brought on Eoin Bradley for the start of the second half and he gave them a physical presence up front and kicked four frees. His brace early in the second half brought the Oak Leafers to within a point, but Kerry responded with Geaney stroking over points off either foot.
Derry were trailing 0-13 to 0-9 when Lynch was dismissed for a high elbow tackle on Jonathan Lyne in the 51st minute. Initially Derry rallied, scoring the next two points with frees from Bradley and Ciaran McFaul.
However, Kerry outscored the home side by 1-4 to 0-2 in the closing 14 minutes with the goal coming after a slack pass across goal by Niall Holly. The ball was recycled out to Johnny Buckley who fed Geaney and his low curling left-footed finish in the 61st minute cemented a good away win for the Kingdom.
Scorers for Derry: E Bradley 0-4 (4f), M Lynch 0-2 (2f), C McFaul 0-2 (1f), D Heavron 0-2, G O’Kane 0-1, K Johnston 0-1, B Heron 0-1 (f).
Scorers for Kerry: P Geaney 1-5, B Sheehan 0-7 (5f, 1 ’45′), BJ Keane 0-2 (1f), S O’Brien 0-2, J Sherwood 0-1.
DERRY: T Mallon; O Duffy, N Holly, J O’Kane; K Johnston, G O’Kane, SL McGoldrick; M Lynch, C McAtamney; C McFaul, B Heron, E Lynn; M Craig, T O’Brien, D Heavron. Subs: E Bradley (0-4, 4f) for O’Brien (HT), D Brown for J O’Kane (42), E McGuckin for Craig (44), N McNicholl for McAtamney (53), C Murphy for McFaul (BC, 68), J Kearney for Lynn (70)
KERRY: B Kealy; P Kilkenny, M Griffin, F Fitzgerald; J Lyne, J Sherwood, P Murphy; D Moran, J Buckley; M Geaney, B Sheehan, T Walsh; S O’Brien, P Geaney, BJ Keane. Subs: A Maher for Walsh (42), K Young for Kilkenny (58), D Walsh for M Geaney (59), K O’Leary for Keane (64), P O’Connor for Fitzgerald (BC, 64)
Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)
Report: Orla Bannon for GAA.ie
Sun 08 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 2015 Round 2
Venue: Celtic Park
Derry V Kerry 14:00
Ref: Joe Mc Quillan
Kerry Senior Football Team V Derry
The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Derry in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League in Celtic Park, Derry on Sunday shows one change in personnel from the side that started against Mayo in Round 1 – Tommy Walsh makes his first start in the Kerry colours since the All Ireland Final of 2009 partnering his club colleague David Murphy in midfield. Kieran O’Leary drops to the subs bench with Anthony Maher, Killian Young and Donnchadh Walsh also returning to the panel.
The team, captained by David Moran is as follows:
1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
2. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
5. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
6. Jack Sherwood Firies
7. Paul Murphy Rathmore
8. David Moran (C) Kerins O’Rahillys
9. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys
10. Michael Geaney Dingle
11. Bryan Sheehan St Marys
12. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
13. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
14. Paul Geaney Dingle
15. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
16. Shane Murphy Kilcummin
17. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes
18. Philip O’Connor Cordal
19. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory
20. Jack McGuire Listowel Emmets
21. Shane Enright Tarbert
22. Anthony Maher Duagh
23. Killian Young Renard
24. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
25. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
26. Thomas Hickey Desmonds
27. DaithI Casey Dr Crokes
Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Traenálaí: Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare)
Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks).
Made his League debut V Limerick in 2007, having been a Minor in 2005 and 06, played U21 for 3 years 2007 to 2009. Made his Champ debut V Clare in 2008 and scored 4-23 in 16 senior Champ appearances. Holder of an All Ireland medal following victory over Cork in 2009 a game in which in kicked 4 points from distance from play, 2 with right and two with the left! Has been in Australia playing AFL since then.
Made League Debut V Donegal in 2013 and Champ debut in semi final V Dublin same year
A Run thru the subs:
Shane Murphy – Current U 21 Goalkeeper – U21 Keeper since 2013
Padraig “Podge” O’Connor – Made AFL debut V Dublin in 2010, Played Minor in 2009 and U21 in 2009 and 2010.
Thomas Hickey – Kerry Minor 2010 and 2011, Kerry U21 in 2014
Philip O’Connor – Played Kerry Junior in 2013 – When he came on as a sub against Mayo in Round 1 he was the first Cordal man to play senior for Kerry since the great Tim “Tiger” Lyons who won 2 All Irelands with Kerry in 1959 and 1962.
Alan Fitzgerald – Member of last year’s extended panel but injury hampered his progress last year, has played U21 and Junior for Kerry and came on as a sub in last year’s AFL against Dublin.
Daithí Casey – Made his League debut against Mayo as far back as 2011, Holder of 4 Co Champ medals with Dr Crokes
The Derry team to play Kerry on Sunday at Celtic Park (2pm) is as follows:
1. Thomas Mallon / T Ó Maoileoin (An Lúb)
2. Oisín Duffy / O Ó Dubhthaigh (Forghleann)
3. Niall Holly / N Holly / (Eoghan Rua)
4. John O’Kane / S Ó Catháin (Gleann an Iolair)
5. Kevin Johnston / C Johnston (Dún Geimhin)
6. Gerard O’Kane / G Ó Catháin (Gleann an Iolair)
7. Sean Leo McGoldrick / S L Mac Ualghairg (Eoghan Rua)
8. Mark Lynch (C) / M Ó Loingsigh (Beannchar)
9. Conor McAtamney / C Mac an Tiompanaigh (Suaitreach)
10. Ciarán McFaul / C MacPhail (Gleann)
11. Benny Heron / B O’hEarain (Baile na Scrine)
12. Enda Lynn / E Loinn (Grainloch)
13. Mark Craig / M de Creag (Dún Geimhin)
14. Terence O’Brien / T Ó Briain (An Lúb)
15. Daniel Heavron / D Heavron (Machaire Fíolta)
16. Eoin McNicholl / E Mac Niocaill (Gleann an Iolair)
17. Declan Brown / D de Brun (Baile Eachaidh)
18. Liam McGoldrick / L Mac Ualghairg (Eoghan Rua)
19. Conor Murphy / C Ó Murchadh (Dún Geimhin)
20. Néill McNicholl / N Mac Niocaill (Gleann an Iolair)
21. Barry McGoldrick / B Mac Ualghairg (Eoghan Rua)
22. Eoin Bradley / E O’Brolachán (Gleann an Iolair)
23. James Kearney / S Ó Brollacháin (Suaitreach)
24. Daniel McKinless / D Mag Aonglais (Baile an Doire)
25. Emmett McGuckin / E Mag Eocháin (Machaire Fíolta)
26. Seán Brady / S Ó Brádaigh (Baile Mhic Guaigín
27. Brian Óg McAlary / B Óg Ó Cleirigh (Cill Ria)