Clare 1-4 Kerry 2-10(2009 ESB Munster Minor Championship)

Date: 13 May 2009
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Austin Stack Park Tralee
Kerry Minors Qualify for ESB Munster Minor Final

A rather fortuitous goal just after the restart helped Kerry on their way to victory over a spirited Clare side at Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening.

Kerry, aided by the wind, were slow to settle and led by just a point, 2 to 1, at the end of the first quarter with Shane Brennan missing a great chance of a goal for the visitors in the 7th minute. Points by Eanna O'Connor, Niall O'Shea and Jack Sherwood, to two in reply from Cathal McInerney, saw Kerry lead by 5 Points to 3 at the break.

A point by Darragh Sexton on the resumption reduced the Kerry lead to the minimum but then wing back Michael Finnegan saw his punched effort from the hands drop short and into the net but the referee and umpires decided that the ball had been deflected by a defender and the goal stood. Eanna O'Connor, Donal O'Sullivan and Michael Brennan stretched Kerry's lead to 7 points before Conor Ryan finished to the Kerry net following a great save by Paul O'Sullivan at the three quarter stage.

Kerry, with their full back trio in fine form, survived tremendous Clare pressure and finished strongly with a goal from Eanna O'Connor sandwiched between points from Shane Carroll and Mark Reen.

Kerry's Scorers: Eanna O'Connor 1-2, Michael Finnegan 1-0, Shane Carroll and Donal O'Sullivan 0-2 each, Michael Brennan, Jack Sherwood, Niall O'Shea and Mark Reen 0-1 each.

Kerry now meet Tipperary in the final. Tipp were 0-13 to 0-10 extra time winners over Cork in Pairc Uí Chaoimh having led by 6 to 2 at half time.

Kerry: P O'Sullivan (Churchill); M Galvin (Ballymacelligott), P Galvin (Ballymacelligott), N Fitzgerald (Waterville); M Finnegan (Spa), J Hoare (Glenbeigh/Glencar), D Wrenn (Tarbert); S Carroll (Austin Stacks), D Doody (Na Gaeil); I Galvin (Derrynane), J Sherwood (Firies), M Brennan (Churchill); N O'Shea (c) (Dromid Pearses), E O'Connor (St Michael's/Foilmore), D O'Sullivan (Rathmore). Subs: P McCarthy (Rathmore), P O'Connor (Gneeveguilla), M Griffin (St Michael's/Foilmore), K Hurley (St Pat's), M Thiemann (St Michael's/Foilmore), J O'Sullivan (Kilcummin), M Reen (Rathmore), K Doona (Laune Rangers), D Culhane (Ballylongford).

Clare: W Deloughrey (Cratloe); M O'Connor (Kilmaley), Sean Brennan (Wolfe Tones), G Johnson (Kilmurry-Ibrickane); S Collins (Doora-Barefield), E Malone (Corofin), S Malone (Miltown Malbay); K O'Connor (Kildysart), Shane Brennan (Clondegad); D Sexton (Kilmurry-Ibrickane), C Ryan (Cratloe), S Tierney (St Breckan's); C McInerney (Cratloe), E Finnucane (Lissycasey), C Nolan (Doora-Barefield).