Goal rush sees the Kingdom take title
Kerry take 20th All-Ireland Junior title with win over Galway
Kerry 3-14 Galway 0-13
Three goals in the second-half paved the way for Kerry’s junior footballers to win their fifth All-Ireland title in a row as they finally shook off the challenge of Galway at O’Moore Park.
With Garry Kelly in terrific form for the Tribesmen, the Connacht champions had pulled level two minutes after the interval, but an unfortunate own goal from corner-back Thomas Rabbitte in the 34th minute gave Kerry a lead they would never relinquish.
Further goals from the excellent Stephen O’Sullivan - who finished with 1-4 - and substitute James Crean eased Kerry nerves as the Kingdom’s impressive record at the grade continues with their 20th win.
Kelly was in devastating form for Galway and despite the loss of Enda Tierney to a sixth minute black card, his accuracy had them 0-5 to 0-4 clear by the 13th minute.
But two of those points came from decent goal chances, while Kerry goalkeeper Eoghan O’Brien also denied Colm Brennan as Galway didn’t make the most of their opportunities and trailed by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.
Kelly and Seán Ó Currin soon had Galway level though, but when Barry O’Dwyer’s attempt at a fisted point dropped short, Rabbitte’s momentum meant he couldn’t avoid the own goal, and Kerry never looked back from there.
Kerry: E O’Brien (0-2, 0-1f, 0-1’45); C Ó Murchú, P O’Connor, PJ O’Sullivan; J Brosnan (0-1), M Breen (0-1), M Foley (0-1); JM Foley, N Breen; B Barrett, C Farley, P O’Connor (0-1) (c); S O’Sullivan (1-4), D Daly (0-2, 0-1f), B O’Dwyer. Subs: C Teahan (0-1) for Farley (37), J Crean (1-0) for O’Dwyer (46), T Lynch (0-1) for Barrett (57), G O’Sullivan Ó Murchú (59), F Clifford for Daly (59), J Spillane for Brosnan (60).
Galway: C Haslam; E O’Sullivan (c), D Ó Ruairc, T Rabbitte (1-0, own goal); M Geraghty, C Costello, P O’Donnell (0-1); A Molloy, E Tierney; T Gleeson, J Ryan, S Denvir (0-1); PE Ó Curraoin, C Brennan, G Kelly (0-8, 0-4f). Subs: S Ó Currin (0-1) for Tierney (7, BC), L Molloy (0-2) for Gleeson (37), E Concannon for Ó Ruairc (46), C Brady for Ó Curraoin (57), A Ó hIarnáin for Ó Currin (59), M Day for Ryan (64).
Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan).