Kerry 1-19
Roscommon 1-13

Declan Rooney reports from Dr Hyde Park

JAMES O’DONOGHUE KICKED three points from play in the second-half and Paul Geaney finished with 1-6 as Kerry dominated Roscommon to claim the vital two Division 1 points at Dr Hyde Park.

1-6 for Paul Geaney at Dr Hyde Park today.

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

A late Roscommon comeback sent Kerry hearts beating a little faster after Ciaran Murtagh’s penalty hit the net three minutes from time to put just three points between the sides.

But  Geaney struck in added-time with his goal sealing a second league win for Eamonn Ftzmaurice’s side.

Kerry led by 0-11 to 0-7 at the interval and seemed to be cruising to a straight forward win as O’Donoghue and Barry John Keane tagged on a few points, but after Ciaran and Diarmuid Murtagh points, the Roscommon captain rattled the net with his penalty to lift home hopes.

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue and Roscommon’s Tadhg O’Rourke after the game.

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

But it wasn’t to be for the Rossies, who are still looking for their first point after four games.

Facing Kerry’s dangerous full-forward line of Keane, Paul Geaney and O’Donoghue, the Roscommon defence got off to a shaky start as Geaney got Kerry off the mark after 15 seconds, while he doubled his side’s advantage from a placed ball after three minutes when he was fouled off the ball himself.

It has been a very tough league campaign for Roscommon so far this year, but Kevin 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 as their respective midfields went toe to toe, and three points in a row from Kerry – two from Geaney and a third from Keane – saw them into a decent lead.

But once Tadhg O’Rourke and Enda Smith edged the midfield zone and their full-back line settled, Roscommon roared back.

Roscommon’s Paddy Brogan and Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien.

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Donie Smith added two close range frees, before Connolly made it 0-5 each with a great score on the turn for the home side.

But between the 19th and 30th minutes Kerry upped their intensity a notch. With Jack Savage increasingly involved in attack they constructed good moves and six of the next seven scores fell to the Kerry men.

The only Roscommon score in that period arrived from goalkeeper Darren O’Malley from a long range free, and incident that also saw Donnchadh Walsh black carded for Kerry following a collision with Enda Smith.

Ciaran 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, patient score.

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.

For a short time it appeared as if Kerry would slip up when Murtagh goaled, but their challenge was quickly quenched by Kerry.

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

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


1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2. Shane Enright (Tarbert)
3. Killian Young (Renard)
4. Ronan Shanahan (Austin Stacks)

6. Tadhg Morley (Templenoe)
5. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)
7. Paul Murphy (Rathmore)

8. David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys)
9. Jack Barry (Na Gaeil)

10. Kevin McCarthy (Kilcummin)
11. Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahillys)
12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys)
14. Paul Geaney (Dingle)
15. James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)

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20. Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare) for Walsh (26 BC)
19. Anthony Maher (Duagh) for Barry (31)
18. Mark Griffin (St Michael’s-Foilmore) for Crowley (42)
21. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh-Glencar) for Savage (52)
17. Jonathan Lyne (Legion) for Young (56)
22. Micheal Geaney (Dingle) for Keane (69)


1.Darren O’Malley

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2. David Murray
3. Sean Mullooly
4. Niall McInerney

7. Conor Devaney
6. Sean McDermott
5. John McManus

8. Enda Smith
9. Tadhg O’Rourke

10. Fintan Cregg
11. Ronan Stack
12. Shane O’Rourke

13. Donie Smith
14. Ciaran Murtagh (c)
15. Cian Connolly


18. Ciaran Cafferkey for McDermott (32),
24. Diarmuid Murtagh for Connolly (h-t)
21. Niall Kilroy for D Smith (44)
23. Brian Murtagh for Cregg (58)
17. Paddy Brogan for Murray (65)

Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)

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