Kerry 2-18 Meath 1-13
Kerry stepped on the gas in the second half of the Super 8’s meeting with Meath as they ran out easy 8 point winners. It was a personal tally of 1-08 from young Sean O’Shea that ultimately was the difference in Navan in a crowd of over 9,000. The result of 2-18 to 1-13 means Kerry finish top of Group 1 and will play the losers of Tyrone or Dublin who meet on Sunday. No matter what way to look at more improvement will be needed to get the win there too.
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Kerry settled very well into the game as inspirational midfielder David Moran and Sean O’Shea pointing two scores each. Kerry ahead by 0-04 to 0-01 after 7 minutes. Andy McEntee’s men though were superb for the next 5 minutes or so as they drew level 0-05 each. Shane Walsh, Darragh Campion and Thomas O’Reilly all pointing. Brian O’Beaglaoich restored Kerry’s lead as he got the first goal of the game after been set up by Paul Geaney. Meath though again showed resilience and hit back with a Bryan McMahon point, before Darragh Campion raised a green flag after getting around goalkeeper Shane Ryan. It was 1-06 to 1-05 after 24 minutes. O’Shea and Geaney pointed to put Kerry back in front but Shane Walsh was really putting in a good performance at full-forward for Meath and he could have had a goal but his effort flew over the bar. Tom O’Sullivan, Stephen O’Brien and Spillane all raising white flags it was 1-10 to 1-07 now. Meath had the last say of the half though as Ethan Devine and Shane Walsh fired over, it was 1-10 to 1-09 at the break.
The second half was stop-start and plenty of fouls occurred which meant Fergal Kelly had to brandish some cards. The Longford referee gave out three black cards in the second half. Meath got the first score of the half with Shane Walsh pointing. Kerry though had their tails up and Sean O’Shea had a second green flag on the board before Walsh pointed another free. Meath failed to score in 15 minutes from there on though and it was Kerry who took advantage of this with Geaney and Moran firing points. In that period Gavin White and Stephen O’Brien were given black cards. Bryan McMahon kicked the Royals first score in 15 minutes with 59 minutes on the clock. O’Shea kicked four frees, Spillane and O’Beaglaoich all closed out the game with scores for Kerry as they now await the losers of Tyrone or Dublin who play on Sunday.
Kerry: Shane Ryan; Jason Foley, Tadhg Morley, Tom O’Sullivan (0-1); Paul Murphy, Gavin Crowley, Brian O Beaglaoich (1-1); David Moran (0-2), Adrian Spillane; Gavin White, Sean O’Shea (1-8 four frees, one ’45), Stephen O’Brien (0-1); Micheal Burns, Paul Geaney (0-2), Killian Spillane (0-3).
Subs: Dara Moynihan for Burns 31m, Tommy Walsh for Crowley 39m, Shane Enright for White (bc) 45m, Jack Sherwood for A Spillane 46m, Jonathan Lyne for O’Brien (bc) 52m, Jack Barry for K Spillane 68m.
Meath: Marcus Brennan; Seamus Lavin, Conor McGill, Shane Gallagher; Donal Keogan, Padraic Harnan, Gavin McCoy; Bryan Menton (0-1), Shane McEntee; Ethan Devine (0-1), Bryan McMahon (0-3), Darragh Campion (1-1); Cillian O’Sullivan, Shane Walsh (0-6 three frees), Thomas O’Reilly (0-1).
Subs: Thomas McGovern for McEntee 23 mins, Ross Ryan for McCoy 45m, James Conlon for O’Reilly 50m, Niall Kane for McGovern (bc) 54m, Mickey Burke for Devine 64m, Sean Tobin for McMahon 66m.
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