Kerry 0-9 Aidan McAnespies 1-16
It was a much anticipated encounter between Kerry who put in some excellent performances so far this year, and Aidan McAnespies, a perennial challenger. McAnespies added Cathal Shine to the middle of the field, and the Roscommon man added some serious beef to the middle of the field. After a close first half, McAnespies pulled away in the second to win with ease in the end.
|Jamie Doolan tries to avoid being the meat in the sandwich.|
McAnespies led by a point at the end of the first half. After Kerry had waited for their opponents to take the field, the game started right away as the Kingdom had already lined out. Kerry had some early chances at goal, one that hit the post from Darragh O'Brien, but McAnespies weathered the early storm and eventually took control of the game. Kerry's cause was not helped by a hamstring injury to David Clifford, and the capable wing back had to leave the field of play. There followed 4 unanswered points as McAnespies dominated the middle of the field with Shine and Stephen Sherry. Jamie Doolan was on form in the corner and accounted for 3 of the 7 first half points for his side. Luke Kelly, Cian Tobin, and Conor Daly accounted for the balance between them. Kerry drew close towards the end of the half with a handful of Darragh O'Brien points, and one fine score from substitute Colin Campion . At the break McAnespies led by a score of 0-7 to 0-6.
|Niall Sheehy and Stephen Sherry|
jump for the kickout.
Macs took a firm grip of the game early in the second half. Stephen Sherry came into his own in the middle of the field, and traffic was mostly in the direction of the Kerry goal. A mixture of power and guile led to an opening 15 minutes where McAnespies tallied a goal and 7 points to Kerry's 2 points. The goal came from a pass by Burke to substitute Darryl Brolly, and Brolly propelled his side into a 7 point lead. Kerry made wholesale substitutions but pulling the game back was beyond their capabilities at that point. Collie Donnelly made his comeback from an injury sustained early in the year and chipped in with a point. McAnespies looking like they will have to be taken very seriously for the rest of this season.
Kerry: P. Bailey, S. Driscoll, D. Larkin, E. Mullan, S. Cunningham, D. Clifford,
Whelan, A. Hickey, D. Clabby, S. O'Callaghan, J. Fitzpatrick, N. Sheehy (0-1),
D. O'Brien. Sub: C. Campion (0-1). Macs: P.
Coakley, E. Delmar, E. Rigney, C. Daly (0-1), C. McClean, N. Gallen, C. Shine,
S. Sherry, L. Kelly (0-3), D. Lally (0-1), C. Tobin (0-1), J. Doolan (0-3), F.
Burke (0-1). Subs: D. Brolly (1-1), C. O'Neill (0-1), C.
By Rory O'Donnell