Oscar Traynor Cup report – Kerry spot on and now have home semi final

Sun, Jan 29, 2012

Archive Reports, KDL News

Oscar Traynor Cup – quarter-final

By Padraig Harnett

Kerry spot on in penalty shoot out to reach semis

Leinster Senior League 2     Kerry District League:  2

( Kerry win 5-3 on penalties after extra time)

Picture the scene – the game is entering the dying seconds of extra time. Kerry are 2-1 down, the crowd is heading for the exits and it looks like its game over with a long journey back to the Kingdom to look forward to.

But never write off a sports person in a Kerry jersey. Kerry forces a corner and all 22 players crowd the LSL box. Pa McCarthy takes it short to Gary Keane and there are ooah’s from the bench as they want the ball put into the box. But Gary knows better and puts a pin point cross onto the head of Bryan Murphy (what a way to celebrate his 20th birthday) low to the near post and he puts it into the net, with Peter McCarthy and David Hennessy waiting behind him, just in case. 2-2 and Kerry have got out of jail.

But in fairness to the players it’s nothing more that they deserve.  Having gone 2-1 down in the 97th minute they bossed the rest of the game and were great value for the draw.

The game was played at a very fast pace throughout and it Kerry that opened the brightest and went into the lead in the 12th minute. A long throw from Stephen Hayes was flicked on by Con Barrett and fell to Peter McCarthy who volley looked goal-bound until Gavin Kenny threw his body in front of the ball. But the rebound came back to McCarthy who coolly found the bottom corner of the net.

The LSL were causing Kerry problems with fast breaks and from one of these Aaron Coleman found Stephen Kinch. He squeezed the ball home despite the best efforts of David Hennessy and Con Barrett.

The setback didn’t faze Kerry and they kept playing a lovely brand of football and when their rear guard was attacked Brian Spillane and David Hayes were immense.

Both sides created chances to win the game but it remained 1-1 and so into extra time.

Kerry made a change when Shane Fitzgerald came on for Stephen Hayes but his introduction when he was caught high on the shin (albeit accidently by Brennan) and had to come off with Kerry player manager Timmy Lynch coming on, leaving the line duties to his assistant Tommy Naughton.

The LSL got what looked to be the vital breakthrough in the 97th minute. This came less than a minute after a sublime Murphy header from a Gary Keane cross can back of the woodwork.

Coleman finished the ball to the net after Fitzgerald had disposed the Kerry midfield.

The LSL made two changes in a bit to stem the Kerry tied of attack that followed this goal and looked to have done so before Murphy’s intervention.

And so the dreaded penalties but for Kerry with Hennessy in goal they always have a chance if they score their own. And they did – Peter McCarthy, Brian Spillane, David Hayes, Brian O’Reilly and Gary Keane. Hennessy got a hand on the LSL’s first two spot kicks and made the decisive save from Thomas O’Hanlon’s low effort.

This was a game that drew praise for both sides from all present as did the refereeing of the excellent Derek Jameson, ably assisted by Mark Kennedy and Frank Crossdale.

But overall Kerry’s belief, heart and never say die attitude, combined with sublime ball playing skills throughout the team just about saw them deserving to move into the last four and a huge Oscar Traynor semi final in Mounthawk Park.

Well done to Timmy Lynch and all the lads.

Kerry: David Hennessy, Con Barrett, Brian O’Reilly, Brian Spillane, David Hayes, Brendan Smith, Stephen Hayes, Gary Keane, Pa McCarthy, Bryan Murphy, Peter McCarthy.

Subs; Shane Fitzgerald, Timmy Lynch, Tommy Moriarty.

LSL: Philip Murphy, T O’Hanlon, G Kenny, A Brennan, S Scully, J Philips, C Fitzgerald, Hugo King Hall, Paul Farrell, A Coleman, S Kinch. Subs: D Byrne, I Byrne, M Leen.

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