Aidan McAnespies 5-12 Kerry 2-15
Five goals saw McAnespies past a battling Kerry side that could not contain the talented McAnespies forward line. Kerry posted a respectable score, one that would win many games, but with Caolan McGuirk at center back feeding a forward line containing Liam Boland, Mattie Campion, and Coalan O'Boyle, McAnespies always looked dangerous going forward. Kerry briefly took the lead in the second half as the game became interesting, but McAnespies quickly regained the initiative to push home for the win.
|Aidan McAnespies Collie Donnelly has a shot.|
Before the game was 5 minutes old McAnespies had billowed the net twice. First it was Daniel McKinless with a low shot to the far corner, and then it was a well fielded ball by Liam Boland as the Kerry backs dithered, and the
Tipperary man finished from 14 yards. Following the set back Kerry started to get
into the game. Ian Whelan won some clean
ball in the middle of the field, while Robbie Croft got the Kingdom off the
mark with a free. Another from play and
a Joe Fitzpatrick point and Kerry were back in the game.
McAnespies continued to be dangerous going forward, and at times the Kerry back line were at sixes and sevens. Center back Caolan McGuirk was central to many of McAnespies forays forward as the Lavey man mopped up a lot of ball. Mattie Campion added a brace, and a third goal from Jonathan McGourty appeared to have undone all of Kerry's good work. Graham Glenn popped up with a goal just before half time to keep Kerry in the hunt. At the break it was 3-6 to 1-9 in favour of McAnespies.
It was touch and go throughout the second half. After Kerry closed the gap to two points, the Kingdom took a one point lead after Glenn netted following a Joey Fitzpatrick pass. McAnespies quickly turned things back in their favour. O'Boyle leveled matters, and Boland restored the lead. With everything still very much to play for, McAnespies netted a fourth goal. This time it was Boland who finished from a Steven McAleer pass.
Kerry answered with three points to bring to back to a single point in the difference. Once again, when the goal was needed McAnespies made it happen. A breakaway was finished by O'Boyle and with only a minute or two left and 5 points in it, Kerry's hopes
were shot down. McAnespies in the hunt with the leading pack, and Kerry slipping following a good start to the championship.
Macs: P. Coakley, M. Bogue, C. McPartland, N. Gallen, C. McGuirk, P. Meade, C. Donnelly, J. McGourty, S. McAleer, M. Campion, D. McKinless, L. Boland, C. O'Boyle. Kerry: L. Steacy, M. Godley, A. Whealan, P. Devane, A. Fitzgerald, M. Condron,
I. Whelan, D. Foley, R. Croft, G. Glenn, J. Fitzpatrick,
N. Sheehy, E. McGreevy.
By Rory O'Donnell