Kerry 0-8 Wolfe Tones 4-12
Wolfe Tones proved to be far too strong for a Kerry junior side that fielded with no subs to spare. In spite of worthy endeavor for the Kingdom, it was a losing battle almost from the start. The Tones banged in 4 goals in the opening period and had little to worry about for the remainder of the game.
|In spite of a lot of hard work, Kerry were overmatched|
by Wolfe Tones.
Kerry were up against it from the throw in. The Tones first attack ended with the ball fizzing wide, but the second a minute later ended with the ball nestling in the back f the net. Shane Delaney finished a quick passing move that had the Kerry defenders chasing shadows. A Lee Clarke point followed, and then another goal from Cormac Joyce-Power at corner forward had Kerry in damage control mode. Kerry suffered a blow as James Dooley had to leave the field with a shoulder injury, leaving Kerry with 12 men. Joyce-Power proved to be a handful for the Kerry defenders. The
Limerick man netted twice more before the break.
Along with Clarke and Shane Delaney in the half forward line, the Tones looked dangerous on each attack. Kerry managed 2 points at either end of the half. Brian O'Driscoll at center forward being the scorer. The Kingdom managed to threaten the posts on several occasions, and forced a save from Pauric Miskell on the stroke of half time. However, the finishing touch was just not there. At the break it was a formidable 3-4 to 0-1 Tones lead.
The second half continued as the first ended. Joyce-Power, Sean Kelly, Andy Rooney, and Jonathan Carroll found the spot between the posts. Kerry continued to work hard and were rewarded with scores from Ryan Evans and O'Driscoll. Kerry had a chance at a goal after Danny O'Sullivan was held in the box, but Miskell was alert to the shot and parried it for a 45. The Tones continued to pop over the points to see out the game and take their first 2 points of the season.
Kerry: D. O'Connor, P. Murphy, M. Moriarty, M. Godley, R. Foley, J. Dooley, R. Evans, F. O'Sullivan, M. Moriarty Snr., B. O'Driscoll, D. O'Sullivan, K. McCarthy, B. Monagle. Tones: P. Miskell, D. McCarron, M. McNamara, K. Gill, D. McGuire, P. Flynn, J. Carroll, P. Collins, E. Carr, L. Clarke, S. Delaney, C. Joyce-Power, S. Kelly.
By Rory O'Donnell