Cup wins for Kerry and Dublin

Sat, Jan 26, 2013, 00:00

Kerry 1-12 Tipperary 1-05:Kerry were comfortable winners in the McGrath Cup final against Tipperary on Sunday at Seán Treacy Park in Tipperary Town.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice's side led from start to finish, and had seven points to spare at the end. It is the fourth time in their history they have won the competition, and is their third title in the last four years.

They led 1-3 to 0-1 midway through the first half. Their goal came from the lively Darran O'Sullivan, who had a fine game from his centre-half-forward berth, and who ended up with 1-3 for the day.

The Kingdom were in total control at half-time, leading 1-7 to 0-2, and the second half was a fairly stale affair as a result.

Barry Grogan was Tipperary's best player, and he pulled them closer to Kerry with a goal in the second half which came directly from a 45'. However, it made little impact on the result and Kerry cruised to the finish to give Fitzmaurice his first piece of silverware as boss.

And Kildare have claimed the O’Byrne Cup with an extra-time 1-16 to 0-17 win over Dublin at Parnell Park this evening. Seanie Johston missed the opportunity to win the match in normal time after the Lilywhites pegged Dublin, who had led for long periods, back.

Dublin looked the likelier winners in extra-time but Tomas O’Connor turned the tide with a goal after the interval before adding a brace of points to put the result beyond doubt.

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