Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 1-19 Roscommon 1-13

Kerry defeated Roscommon by 1-19 to 1-13 in Round 4 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday March 5th at Dr. Hyde Park.

Allianz FL D1: Kerry finish strongly

Allianz Football League Division 1


Report By Declan Rooney for

Paul Geaney fired an added-time goal to end Roscommon hopes of a first win of the Division 1 campaign as Kerry earned a deserved win at Dr Hyde Park.

Ciarain Murtagh’s 67th minute penalty had cut Kerry’s lead to just a point, but Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s side finished out the game in style with James O’Donoghue and Stephen O’Brien points either side of Geaney’s goal.

Kerry were the better side throughout and deserved their second win of the spring, and a bright second-half from O’Donoghue will please the Kingdom’s management.

But it was Paul Geaney that set them on the road to victory with six first-half points, while Roscommon finished the game with 14 men after John McManus’ red card 12 minutes from the end.

It was a brave comeback from Roscommon as Diarmuid Murtagh made a big impact after his half-time introduction, while Tadhg O’Rourke also impressed at midfield for Kevin McStay’s side. But ultimately they lacked a small bit of composure in the first-half especially when they conceded six points in an 11-minute spell with just one in return.

After a difficult start to their league campaign the last thing Roscommon ended was an in-form Jame O’Donoghue to show up in Hyde Park, but it was his full-forward line partner Paul Geaney who got his side off to a bright start with two points in the opening three minutes.

Despite the slow start, McStay would have been delighted to see his side level by the sixth minute after Fintan Cregg’s point off his left and Cian Connolly’s fisted effort.

Both sides experienced decent periods of dominance and three points in a row from Kerry in two minutes – two from Geaney and a third from Keane – saw them into a decent lead.

This was a spirited display from Roscommon and after Donie Smith added two close range frees, Connolly made it 0-5 each with a great score on the turn.

But between the 19th and 30th minutes Kerry upped reeled off a series of good points. With Jack Savage getting off the mark, Geaney, Paul Murphy and David Moran also found the target.

The only Roscommon score in that spell came from Darren O’Malley from a long range free, which was earned after a clash between Donnchadh Walsh and Enda Smith, and the Kerry man was black carded in the incident.

Ciarain Murtagh cut Kerry’s lead to four two minutes from the interval, but Kerry took a 0-12 to 0-7 lead into half-time when skipper Peter Crowley crept in for a good point.

Savage added his second point shortly after the restart to stretch Kerry’s advantage and on a few occasions they led by six points in the second-half. O’Donoghue reeled off three points in a row midway though the half, and despite McManus’ red card Roscommon rallied.

Diarmuid Murtagh pointed two frees after his brother Ciarain also found the target, and when Tadhg Morley was deemed to have fouled Enda Smith, the captain’s penalty put just a point between the sides.

But in the end Geaney was cool under pressure and his goal brought the comeback to an abrupt end.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 1-6 (4fs), James O’Donoghue 0-4 (1f), Jack Savage 0-2, Barry John Keane 0-2, Shane Enright 0-1, Peter Crowley 0-1, Paul Murphy 0-1, David Moran 0-1, Stephen O’Brien 0-1.

Scorers for Roscommon: Ciaran Murtagh 1-2 (1-0pen), Diarmuid Murtagh 0-3 (2fs), Donie Smith 0-3 (3fs), Fintan Cregg 0-2, Cian Connolly 0-2, Darren O’Malley 0-1 (1f)

KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Shane Enright, Killian Young, Ronan Shanahan; Tadhg Morley, Peter Crowley (c), Paul Murphy; David Moran, Jack Barry; Kevin McCarthy, Jack Savage, Donnchadh Walsh; Barry John Keane, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Stephen O’Brien for Walsh (26 BC), Anthony Maher for Barry (31), Mark Griffin for Crowley (42), Darran O’Sullivan for Savage (52), Jonathan Lyne for Young (56), Micheal Geaney for Keane (69).

ROSCOMMON: Darren O’Malley; David Murray, Sean Mullooly, Niall McInerney; Conor Devaney, Sean McDermott, John McManus; Enda Smith, Tadhg O’Rourke; Fintan Cregg, Ronan Stack, Shane O’Rourke; Donie Smith, Ciaran Murtagh (c), Cian Connolly
Subs: Ciaran Cafferkey for McDermott (32), Diarmuid Murtagh for Connolly (h-t), Niall Kilroy for D Smith (44), Brian Murtagh for Cregg (58), Paddy Brogan for Murray (65).

REFEREE: Barry Cassidy (Derry).

Kerry forced to dig deep to overcome Roscommon

Roscommon 1-13 Kerry 1-19

Report by Brendan O’Brien from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry were made to dig deep to secure a league win that eases relegation fears back home in the Kingdom and one that leaves Roscommon looking anxiously at the growing prospect of Division Two football next spring
Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s side led by five points with just over ten minutes of normal time to play on Sunday afternoon against an opponent that had just lost a man to a sending-off but the deficit was reduced to the bare minimum before the visitors pulled away again.

A lack of rainfall, a manageable wind and the new surface laid at the Hyde over the off-season laid the foundations for a decent afternoon’s entertainment and the two sides obliged with a lack of sweepers and a frequent commitment to play the long ball from the keepers.

Kerry played the first period with that wind at their backs and it was probably worth a handful of points on the day. As it was, the visitors led by five at the interval with full-forward Paul Geaney accounting for half of their dozen white flags.

Two of his came from play in tn opening period when Kerry lost Donnchadh Walsh to a black card after 25 minutes due to an apparent body check on the onrushing Enda Smith. It may have been an obstruction borne of earlier events.

Roscommon came within a sniff of goal at least three times in the first-half, all on the back of penetrative runs at the heart of the visiting defence, with Brendan Kealy having to deflect away a Cian Connolly effort as early as the sixth minute.

Yet it was Kerry with the more reliable supply chain and that was down to no-one more than David Moran who made a number of marks in the midfield and generally provided the sort of base on which those around him could launch forward. He was superb all day.

Up by five at the break. Kerry continued to lean on Moran and Geaney with the latter turning from poacher to supplier for points from Jack Savage and James O’Donoghue and, by the turn into the third quarter, Roscommon had made no inroads into the half-time deficit.

The likelihood of the hosts turning the tables down the home straight lengthened with over a dozen minutes still to play when defender John McManus was shown red for a light slap across James O’Donoghue’s face after the award of a free to the Connacht side.

Instead, Roscommon pushed harder against a Kerry outfit that has made a habit of fading out of games in the last quarter and a goal from a Diarmuid Murtagh penalty with two minutes of normal time to go squeezed the gap to just one point.

The chance was earned thanks to a foul on Enda Smith that may or may not have been inside the area but Paul Geaney struck for an injury-time goal to make certain of the win and ensure that the post-match talk wouldn’t be defined by one refereeing decision.

Scorers for Roscommon: C Murtagh (1-2, 1-0 penalty); D Smith (0-3 frees); D Murtagh (0-3, 2 frees); F Cregg (0-2); C Connolly (0-2); D O’Malley (0-1 free).

Scorers for Kerry: P Geaney (1-6, 0-4 frees): J O’Donoghue (0-4, 2 frees):J Savage (0-3); BJ Keane (0-2); S Enright, P Crowley, D Moran, S O’Brien (all 0-1).

Roscommon: D O’Malley; D Murray, S Mullooly, N McInerney; J McManus, S McDermott, C Devaney; E Smith, T O’Rourke; F Cregg, R Stack, S Killoran; D Smith, C Murtagh, C Connolly.
Subs: C Cafferkey for McDermott (32); D Murtagh for Conolly (HT); N Kilroy for Smith (44); B Murtagh for Cregg (56); P Brogan for Murray (65);

Kerry: B Kealy; S Enright, K Young, R Shanahan; P Crowley, P Murphy, T Morley; D Moran, J Barry; K McCarthy, J Savage, D Walsh; BJ Keane, P Geaney, J O’Donoghue.
Subs: S O’Brien for Walsh (black card, 25); A Maher for Barry (31); M Griffin for Crowley (52); D O’Sullivan for Savage (52); J Lyne for Young (56); M Geaney for Keane (69);

Referee: B Cassidy (Derry)

Team News

KERRY SFL v Roscommon: B Kealy; S Enright, K Young, R Shanahan; P Murphy, T Morley, P Crowley; D Moran, J Barry; K McCarthy, J Savage, D. Walsh; BJ Keane, P Geaney, J.O’Donoghue.