Tipp top Premier have too much

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT - CONOR McKENNA

Tip­per­ary 4-20 Kerry 1-14

THE re­sult went along ex­pected lines and was of an ex­pected mar­gin. Tip­per­ary are where Tip­per­ary are and Kerry are where Kerry are. Some­times it’s that sim­ple. There’s no shame in that, things are as they are.

That, of course, is not to say the ex­er­cise wasn’t worth some­thing to the King­dom.

Nor is it to say that Fin­tan O’Con­nor’s men didn’t equip them­selves well. Against the might of the Premier, Kerry coped about as well if not a lit­tle bet­ter than ex­pected.

Kerry com­peted rea­son­ably well in the open­ing stages, with plenty of pos­i­tives on show, but three goals in the later stages of the open­ing half ef­fec­tively killed off the game as a con­test.

Tip­per­ary had built up a 3-14 to 0-7 lead when the half time-whis­tle sounded and it was only pride Kerry were play­ing for in the se­cond half.

Jack Gould­ing op­er­ated as a third mid­fielder for Kerry, which was a good plan set up to aid the Kerry de­fence and it meant that one of the mid­field­ers could drop back as an ex­tra de­fender.

Kerry gave it their all and were not bad at all through­out, but Tip­per­ary op­er­ate on a dif­fer­ent level to most teams and Kerry were al­ways go­ing to strug­gle when fac­ing Tip­per­ary away from home.

Tip­per­ary led by 0-9 to 0-6 af­ter 24 min­utes, but Ja­son Forde found the net for his side’s first goal when he pun­ished some lax Kerry de­fend­ing of Noel Mc­Grath’s long range free and Forde made no mis­take with the fin­ish.

Kerry were blitzed from that point up to half time and Mark Ke­hoe added his sides se­cond goal af­ter the cor­ner-for­ward got past James O’Con­nor be­fore fin­ish­ing to the net.

The third goal was su­perb and was worth the ad­mis­sion fee alone, as Noel Mc­Grath volleyed to the net, af­ter a cross-field side-line cut from Ja­son Forde. Forde hit a high drop­ping cross­field cut and Forde hit an ice­cool vol­ley to stretch his sides lead to four­teen points.

Pa­trick Bon­ner Ma­her added his side’s fourth goal, which was only al­lowed af­ter the ref­eree con­sulted with his um­pires, as the goal­keeper had saved Ma­her’s ini­tial ef­fort.

Michael O’Leary was Kerry’s best player on the day and O’Leary added some su­perb points in the se­cond half, but there was a mas­sive gulf be­tween the sides through­out which was ev­i­dent for all to see.

Shane Conway found the net for Kerry late on, but it was too lit­tle too late and Fin­tan O’Con­nor’s side will now turn their at­ten­tion to the up­com­ing Al­lianz League cam­paign.

Kerry’s Eric Leen is tack­led by Pa­trick Ma­her of Tip­per­ary dur­ing the Co-Op Su­per­stores Mun­ster Hurl­ing League 2019 match be­tween Tip­per­ary and Kerry at MacDon­agh Park in Ne­nagh Photo by Sports­file

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