Wolfe Tones 3-11 Kerry 2-10
Wolfe Tones and Kerry battled it out for fifth and sixth place in the final game of the day on Sunday. With the game tied mid-way through the second half the Tones stepped up the pace to pull away and secure the points. The result means that the Tones meet the Connemara Gaels next week's quarter final, while Kerry will meet Donegal.
|Luke Flynn was a big asset to the Tones Sunday.|
It was an evenly contested first half at the end of which the Tones held a 2 point lead. A Lee Carr goal early in the half set the Tones up. Kerry responded with two Niall Sheehy points. The Tones' Luke Flynn in the middle of the field caused all sorts of problems Kerry. Speed was also a key as Darragh McVeety and Mike O'Brien opened up space at times, and points were converted by Marty Farrell.
In the second half it was Kerry who netted early. Robbie Croft put the ball into the net on the third attempt after the first two were blocked. The score leveled the game. Glenn had pointed for Kerry and Glen O'Connell and McVeety for the Tones. The game was finely balanced at that point with neither side looking like they had a clear advantage.
Eventually the Tones made the breakthrough with a goal from Marty Farrell. With McVeety opening up the space, the ball went to Farrell who was all alone in front of goal and blasted into the roof of the net. With Kerry now very much on the back foot a third goal was converted by Gary Brilly. Again, the Kerry defence was opened up and Brilly finished well from an angle. A cleverly taken Croft penalty ended the game for Kerry. Next week sees the kingdom face a tough opponent in Donegal, and the Tones will meet the Gaels in the quarter finals.
Tones: C. Hynes, K. Clarke, D. McConnon, M. O'Brien, C. Cleere, G. O'Connell, L. Flynn, S. Higgins, D. McVeety, G. Brilly, L. Carr, D. McCabe, M. Farrell. Kerry: L. Stacey, M. Godley, A. Fitzgerald, J. O'Shea, S. Briggs, C. O'Muircheartaigh, D. Foley, M. Condron, O. McGreevy, N. Sheehy, S. Lucey, R. Croft, G. Glenn.
By Rory O'Donnell