Armagh caused a shock in round two of the Allianz National Football League when they upset the home side, Kerry,in Tralee on Saturday night. The hosts had been hot favorites to make it two from two, having seen off Dublin on the opening day of the season.
The Northern side hit the ground running and led by 1-03 to 0-00 after only a quarter of an hour. Brian Mallon scored the goal that saw his side establish a commanding lead. Kerry struggled to get a grip on the game and failed to pick up any breaking ball. Bryan Sheehan was again their chief scorer and his scores from placed balls just about kept his team in touch. Armagh led 1-04 to 0-3 at the interval.
The game was as good as over minutes after the restart when John Kingham scored Armagh’s second goal of the night. Kerry tried hard and Declan O’Sullivan was introduced as a substitute. However, they continued to rely on Sheehan for their scores and never really looked like closing the deficit. Three points was as close as they could get, as the Ulster side held their lead and claimed the points. Both sides finished with fourteen men as Tomas O’Se and Finnian Moriarty saw red late on.
The result has really opened up this season’s competition once again,as Kerry had been 6/4 favourites for the title after last weekend’s success.
Kerry: B Kealy, S Enright, M O’Se, B McGuire, T O’Se, K Young, A O’Mahony, A Maher, B Sheehan (0-06 ,0-05 frees) , P Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, S O’Sullivan( 0-01 , J O’Donoghue,( 0-02, 0-01 free) K Donaghy, B J Keane
Subs: Declan O’Sullivan 0-1 for S O’Sullivan (35), D Bohan for S Enright (45), P Crowley for A O’Mahony (58), P Curtin for B J Keane (60), S Scanlon for A Maher (68)
Armagh: P McEvoy , A Mallon, B Donaghy, D McKenna, K Dyas, C McKeever, F Moriarty, C Vernon, M Machin 0-02 , A Forker 0-04 ( 0-02 frees) , B Mallon 1-00 , A Duffy 0-01, C Rafferty, J Kingham 1-00, E McVerry
Subs: B J Padden for C Rafferty (44), C Watters (0-01) for B Mallon (54), J Lavery for K Dyas (65), G McPartland for A Forker (68), D Lavery for A Duffy (70)
Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford)