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Kerry 1-15 Galway 2-11
For the second week running the Kingdom got out of jail late on. Paul Geaney’s goal levelled the contest as the game ticked into injury time. An even later David Clifford effort hit the post and substitute Killian Spillane reacted quickest to pop over the rebound to give Kerry the win by a single point.
For the second week running the time-keeping was a major talking point. The Galway management fumed on the sidelines as Cillian McDaid had spent 12 minutes in the sin-bin. Kerry’s winning point came while Galway should have been returned to the full compliment.
David Clifford got the scoring underway with an early point. James O’Donoghue doubled the home sides lead before Damien Comer hit Galway’s first point. Kerry settled into the game quicker and further points from Michael Burns and a Clifford free stretched the home sides lead to 0-4 v 0-1.
Paul Geaney and Clifford added to Kerry’s tally and Walsh picked off another point for the Tribesmen. John Heaney’s goal after 18 minutes brought Padraic Joyce’s side back to within a point.
James O’Donoughe responded with a point for Kerry, but points from Damien Comer and Michael Daly brought Galway level at 0-8 v 1-5. Further points from Stephen O’Brien and Geaney sent Peter Keane’s men into the interval with a two-point lead.
Michael Burns and Eamon Brannigan swapped points on resumption. The sides again traded scores with points from two Walsh’s – Shane and Tommy – before David Clifford extended the home sides lead back out to three points at 0-13 v 1-07.
Shane Walsh and Brannigan fired over to reduce the gap and then Walsh blasted past Shane Ryan in the Kerry net just before the hour mark. This saw Galway hit the front for the first time in the match. Walsh added another point to his tally as Galway went three ahead as the game ticked final ten minutes.
Cillian McDaid’s black card handed the Kingdom a numerical advantage for the closing stages in Tralee. Geaney’s late goal and Spillane’s even later point snatched the win for a scarcely deserving Kerry side.
Both sides head north next weekend as Galway travel to Ballybofey to face Donegal and Kerry have a trip to Omagh to meet Tyrone.
- Shane Ryan (Rathmore)
- Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue)
- Graham O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses)
- Shane Enright (Tarbert)
- Paul Murphy (Rathmore)
- Gavin Crowley (Templenoe)
- Gavin White (Dr. Crokes)
- Liam Kearney (Spa)
- Jack Barry (Na Gaeil)
- Gavin O’Brien (Kerin O’Rahillys)
- Michael Burns (Dr. Crokes)
- Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare Shamrocks)
- James O’Donoughue (Killarney Legion)
- David Clifford (Fossa)
- Paul Geaney (Dingle)
Subs: 22. Diarmuid O’Connor (Na Gaeil) for Gavin O’Brien, 21. Tommy Walsh (Kerins O’Rahillys) for James O’Donoghue, 23. Darragh Moynihan (Spa) for Michael Burns, 18. Killian Spillane (Templenoe) for Liam Kearney.
- Connor Gleeson (Dunmore)
- Johny Duane (St.James)
- Seán Mulkerrin (Oileáin Árann)
- Johnny Heaney (Killanin)
- Gary O’Donnell (Tuam Stars)
- John Daly (Mountbellew/Moylough)
- Cillian McDaid (Monevia/Abbey)
- Ronan Steed (Corofin)
- Céin D’Arcy (Carlistrane)
- Eamon Brannigan
- Damien Comer (Annaghdown)
- Finian Ó Laoí (An Spidéal)
- Michael Daly (Mountbellew/Moylough)
- Shane Walsh (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)
- Robert Finnerty (Salthill/Knocknacarra)
Subs: 18. Sean Kelly (Moycullen) for Johnny Duane, 24. Matthew Tierney (Oughterard) for Robert Finnerty, 19. Tom Flynn (Athenry) for Ronan Steed, 22. Liam Costello (Milltown) for Finian Ó Laoí, Adrian Varley (Cortoon Shamrocks) for Michael Daly.