Kerry advances to Munster U-16 final after six-point win at Tipperary
MUNSTER U-16 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, Round 3
Kerry booked their place in the Munster U-16 Championship final after a hard-fought victory against Tipperary played in ideal conditions at Arravale Rovers with the wind in the first half giving neither team any advantage. Tipperary got off to a perfect start with a point from captain Ciara O’Hora. Kerry opened her account in the seventh minute with a free kick from Aideen O’Brien, then took the lead in the twelfth minute with a point from Clara Daly.
The two teams traded points from Aideen O’Brien and Ciara O’Hora to see Kerry stay ahead in what turned out to be a low-scoring affair. The defenses of both teams prevented the attackers from gaining a foothold in the game. The final half-time score coming from Kerry centre-forward Lisa Slattery to see Kingdom enter the break 0-4 at 0-2 ahead.
Kerry took stock at halftime and came out much stronger in the second half. They took the game by the scruff of the neck and scored 1-2 unanswered in the first seven minutes of the second half to open a seven-point lead with the wind now favoring the Kerry forwards. The goal came from Rachel Creedon after her shot that looked like a point attempt saw him trump Tipperary keeper Chloe Shorley and end up in the back of the net. Both points came from forward Aideen O’Brien’s free kicks.
It was all Kerry at this point as Tipperary answered with a free from Ava Wall. Kerry had now made a number of substitutions as the two teams traded points with Aideen O’Brien and Ciara Shelly. County Premier added another point by Ciara Shelly to cut the deficit to five with seven minutes remaining. At this point in the match, the home side had nothing to lose and started throwing everything they had at Kerry’s defence.
The Kingdom withstood everything the Tipperary side threw at them in the remaining minutes of the game as the two sides traded points in the closing stages to see Kerry book a place in the final where they will meet neighbors from Cork on April 30. The match will take place at Mallow with a throw-in at 3 p.m.
TIPPERARY: C Shorley (0-1f), C Redmond, P Quirke, N O’Farrell, S Maher, C Shelly, E Franklin, A McCormack, S O’Carroll, A Reddan, A Wall (0-1f), M Gilmartin , E Dwan, C O’Hora (0-2, 1f), C Shelly (0-2). submarines: L Flannery for M Gilmartin, E Dolan for L Flannery, K O’Connor for A Wall, E Smith for C Redmond
KERRY: K Fitzgerald, S Colleran, L O’Sullivan, E Costello, L O’Connor, É Ní Laighin, S Scanlon, K Enright, H O’Brien, A Curtin, L Slattery (0-1), R Creedon (1) -0), C Daly (0-1), A O’Brien (0-7, 4f), S O’Donovan. submarines: A Murphy for H O’Brien, K Doe for L O’Connor, L O’Connor for A Curtin, S Corkery for L Slattery, M Mulvihill for S Scanlon