Munster Minor Football Championship - Rd 1

All-Ireland Champs Tipp overpower Kerry in one sided contest.
Tipperary 2-9 Kerry 0-8 
By Murt Murphy for
Reigning All-Ireland Champions Tipperary had little difficulty in dismissing the challenge of a young Kerry side, despite having to play the last fifteen minutes of the game with fourteen men, in this Munster Minor Football Championship opener at Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday evening. New Kerry minor boss Mickey Ned O'Sullivan was naturally disappointed but not deflated "We stayed in touch in the first half through poor kicking on Tipp's behalf. They were far more impressive in the physical stakes and they had four or five leaders who led. Our leaders did not lead on the night, but having said that we did not come out of the traps at all and I know that this Kerry team is much better than we showed tonight. We had only one survivor from last year and they had something like ten that played in the All-Ireland so I would suggest that we are a work in progress and Tipperary is near enough the finished article. There were fourteen of our lads playing competitive football at this level for the first time and it's only in games like this, do you find out if these lads have the temperament for the big occasion. There are a lot more lads on the bench tonight, who will get their chance in the games ahead.

On the plus side, we have two more games, away to Waterford and hopefully a semi final and we will be planning to get back on course again and get into a Munster Final. We learned a lot from tonight.We are not too despondent because we will ultimately prove to be much better than we showed tonight"

O'Sullivan maintains that Tipperary's apparent ease at winning possession in most sectors of the pitch, in the main is down to experience "That is down to winning All-Irelands and the preparation they put in for winning that All-Ireland probably started two years before that again in the physical conditioning of these players. We were not strong enough to win any fifty-fifty balls and that is the reality of it and that is the reality that we have to address."

O'Sullivan reckons that it was obvious that Tipperary is much further down the road than Kerry "We are only starting this work in progress because it is a long journey. We were under no illusions in terms of strength and conditioning that we are three or four years behind counties like Tipperary. I think that we will have the football but we will not have the physique and it makes a big difference underage. As you get older, it levels off but at underage it shows up when your opponents are faster and stronger"

As for the Waterford test that comes up quickly on this Tuesday night "It is a matter of getting heads right now. I think that both as management and as players we have learned a lot from tonight. The players will have learned a lot from tonight and we have learned a lot ourselves. We will need players who will work hard for us on the pitch. We will come back from this and as Joe Keohane once said "Judge us in the heat of battle on Munster Final day."

Tipp manager David Power was delighted with the win "The win was paramount but I think the performance could have been a lot better. The first half we created thirteen scoring chances and only scored two so we did not have to say too much in the dressing room at half time because the players knew where they were going wrong.
The lads upped their performance in the second half and the two goals killed off the game. We have a couple of things now to improve on because we know how difficult Cork will be"

Tipperary with over half of last years team, dominated in all sectors but particularly at midfield where Philip Quirke and Stephen O'Brien ruled the roost and wing back Bill Maher was inspirational with two points when he joined the attack.
Tipperary had a penalty saved by Kerry keeper Stephen Cahalane in the opening half when his opposite number Evan Comerford was denied, but Kerry's 0-4 to 0-2 half time lead was never going to be enough, considering they would be facing the wind in the second half.
In Cahalane was one of the few Kerry players to do themselves justice as he also pulled off a blinding save in the 28th minute when Jason Lonergan as through one on one only for Cahalane to make a stunning save.
Tipp took over in the second period and despite having Kevin Fahey sent off in the 45th minute, and shooting seven wides in this period, they were complete masters of a one sided contest, with two goals from comer forward Colman Kennedy enough to sink a listless Kerry side.
Tipperary now advance to play Cork in the Munster semi final, while Kerry travels to Waterford on this Tuesday night in the losers round.

C Kennedy 2-2 (0-2 frees), T J Ryan 0-2 (0-1 free), B Maher 0-2, J Lonergan, I Fahey and P Quirke 0-1 each

N Sheehy 0-2 frees, D Ó Sé  0-2 (0-1 free), K Murphy 0-1 '45, A Barry, S Moloney and E O'Conchuir 0-1 each


Stephen Cahalane ( Keel) , C O'Luing ( An Ghaeltacht), , Gavin Crowley ( Templenoe) , Shane O'Connor ( John Mitchels) , Brian Crowley ( Templenoe) , Ronan Murphy ( Beaufort) , Greg Horan ( Austin Stacks) , Evan Doyle ( Ballyduff) , Gary O'Sullivan ( Listry) , Sean Moloney ( John Mitchels) , Dara O'Se ( An Ghaeltacht) Capt, Eanna O'Conchuir ( An Ghaeltacht) , Niall Sheehy ( John Mitchels) , Denis Daly ( St Marys) , Conor Keane ( Legion)
Subs: Killian Murphy ( Kilcummin) for G O'Sullivan (18), Cillian Fitzgerald ( Churchill) for D Daly (30), Adrian Spillane ( Templenoe) for E Doyle (41), Adam Barry ( Brosna) for N Sheehy (47), Jack Savage ( Kerins O'Rahillys) for D O'Se (58)

E Comerford, T O'Donoghue, J Feehan, L Egan, K Fahey, D Fitzell, B Maher, S O'Brien, J McGrath, J Lonergan, I Fahey, G Henry, J Shelly, P Quirke, C Kennedy
Subs: D Cass for T O'Donoghue (36) J Maher for G Henry (50), T Kirwan for J McGrath (56). T J Ryan for J Shelly (58) #

Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)