Full time score: Tipperary 2-12 Kerry 3-8
Tipperary came from 11 points down to beat stun Kerry and reach the Munster minor final. Tipperary winning 2-12 to Kerry’s 3-8
Tippeary will clash will Kerry at Semple Stadium this Wednesday night in the Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final(Kick off 7.00pm) with a place in the final against Cork or Clare awaiting the winners.
Kerry who last won the Munster Minor title in 2009 come into this game in much the better from. Led by captain Gary O’Leary Kerry who last year defeated Tippearey and Limrick before loosing the final to Cork have had another fine campaign.
They opened their season with a convincing defeat of Waterford by 4-16 to 0-06 in Tralee. That day Kerry displayed a potent mixture of high intensity football and fierce defending. One of the players who stood out that day was Thomas Hickey who scored 1-5 that day with four of his points coming from frees.
Another player who had a huge game that day and who will be vital if Kerry are to defeat Tipp was Padraig Boyle. Boyle scored two goals against Waterford and will be looking to increase that number against Tipp. Along with Boyle and Hickey Jeff O’Donoghue will once again have to produce a high class effort if the Kingdom are to win.
The challenge that Tipperary face is a huge one. But one that they will take on. Tipp began their season with a narrow and hard fought win against Limerick by a score line of 1-13 to -0-09. That performance was a marked improvement on last season when they were beaten by Kerry in the first round of the competition.
Tipp did recover from that defeat against Kerry and a victory over Clare set up a huge semi-final with Cork where they were defeated 2-12 to 2-09. Their record in winning Munster Minor Championship is not impressive having landed their last title in 1995.
But with players like Liam McGrath, Phillip Quirke and Dean Longeran they will have every chance of beating Kerry however each player will have to be right on top of their game if they are to prevail.
Their last meeting in the Championship went the way of Kerry who narrowly shaded the game 1-12 to 2-07. The game in Semple Stadium promises to be another cracker with Kerry getting the vote to book a place in the final.
Kerry (Munster MFC v Tipperary): S Murphy (Kilcummin); P O Se (An Ghaeltacht), T Morley (Templenoe), C Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes); M O’Connor (Derrynane), R Murphy (Beaufort), K Murphy (Kilcummin); G O’Leary (Kilcummin), S Keane (Legion); I McCarthy (Na Gaeil), P Boyle (Ballyduff), J O’Donoghue (Glenflesk); J Moriarty (John Mitchel’s), C Keating (Skellig Rangers), K McCarthy (Kilcummin). Subs: G Curran (Dingle), J Devane (Kilcummin), S McCarthy (Currow), D Behan (Ballydonoghue), T Kavanagh (Lios Poil), N Sheehy (John Mitchel’s), P Wrenn (Milltown/Castlemaine), D O’Leary (Kilcummin), G O’Sullivan (Listry).
Tipperary – Gearoid Slattery (Cashel King Cormacs), Niall O’Sullivan (Moycarkey/Borris), Conor O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers), Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Adrian McGuire (Kilsheelan/Kilcash), Dylan Fitzell (Cashel King Cormacs), Bill Maher (Kilsheelan/Kilcash), Steven O’Brien (Ballina), Darragh Butler (Loughmore/Castliney), Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Greg Henry (Killeneule), Dean Lonergan (Cahir), Liam McGrath (Loughmore/Castliney) Captain, Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), TJ Ryan (Rockwell Rovers).