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Dublin: 13 °C Saturday 26 May, 2018


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Here’s how the teams will start. There’s one late change on the Galway team:


1. Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion)

2. Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)
3. Mark Griffin (St Michaels-Foilmore)
4. Shane Enright (Tarbert)

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

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

10. Michael Geaney (Dingle)
11. Johnny Buckley (c) (Dr Crokes)
12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13. Paul Geaney (Dingle)
14. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)
15. James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)


1. Bernard Power (Corofin)

2. Eoghan Kerin (Annaghdown)
3. Declan Kyne (Clonbur)
22. David Walsh (Kilannin)

5. Gary O’Donnell (Tuam Stars)
6. Gareth Bradshaw (Moycullen)
7. Liam Silke (Corofin)

8. Paul Conroy (St James’)
9. Johnny Heaney (Killannin)

10. Tom Flynn (Athenry)
11. Micheal Daly (Mountbellew/Moylough)
12. Ian Burke (Corofin)

14. Damien Comer (Annaghdown)
13. Shane Walsh (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)
15. Sean Armstrong (Salthill/Knocknacarra)

We’re underway!

Kerry 0-1 Galway 0-0

Paul Murphy gives Kerry the lead.

Kerry 0-1 Galway 0-1

Big chance for Ian Burke but Brian Kelly saves the shot and pushes it over the bar. Great ball inside for Burke, should have been a goal.

Kerry are leaving their three inside forwards up with the half forwards working back very deep.


Kerry 0-3 Galway 0-1

Paul Murphy feeds Buckley who side steps Kyne and slots over. Moments later Geaney sells a neat dummy and doubles Kerry’s lead.


Kerry 0-3 Galway 0-2

Good ball inside to Armstrong who scores off the left.


Kerry 0-4 Galway 0-2

Wonderful effort from Paul Geaney under the Cusack stand.


Kerry 1-4 Galway 0-3

Cool, calm finish by Donaghy there off the left foot. Great ball inside by Moran Ian Burke replies with a score for Galway.


Kerry 1-5 Galway 0-3

Brilliant weighted ball from Crowley and Donaghy fists over.


Kerry 1-5 Galway 0-4

Shane Walsh slots over a free for Galway.


Kerry 1-5 Galway 0-5

Hawk-Eye awards a point for Michael Daly after a very stylish run.


Kerry 1-5 Galway 0-5

Liam Silke and Johnn Heaney are alternating as the Galway sweeper. Paul Murphy is doing a good job of picking up either one when they join the attack. Geaney misses a free and O’Donoghue hits a bad wide. Kerry have been sloppy in the last few minutes.


Kerry 1-6 Galway 0-5

In his 30th championship game for Kerry, O’Donoghue opens his account with a free after Donaghy was fouled.


Kerry 1-6 Galway 0-5

Armstrong misses an easy free from in front of the goals. Shocking miss.


Kerry 1-7 Galway 0-5

Enright plays a long ball inside and Geaney slots over his third from play.


Kerry 1-8 Galway 0-5

Moran lands over a massive effort from the 45. Galway are rueing those wides.


Kerry 1-9 Galway 0-5

Kerry are starting to roll now. Buckley sends over his second after a good Kerry move switches from the left to the right.


Kerry 1-9 Galway 0-6

Armstrong kicks a good score for Galway but Enright took out Daly with the same play. He is yellow-carded.


Kerry 1-9 Galway 0-7

CHANCE! Comer fields a kick-out and his shot after a run is saved on the line from Fionn Fitzgerald. Burke slots the rebound over. 


Kerry 1-9 Galway 0-8

35+2 mins – Burke scores his fourth after Galway won the Kerry kick-out.


Kerry 1-10 Galway 0-8

Donnchadh Walsh moves Kerry five in front.


Kerry 1-10 Galway 0-8 – HT

Galway are left to rue their two goal chances in the first half. Can they get back into this game?


The second half is underway.


Cathal Sweeney is in for David Walsh. Kyne has moved onto Donaghy.


Kerry 1-10 Galway 0-9

Daly is fouled by Crowley just outside the area and Armstrong slots over the free.


SAVE! Bradshaw feeds Armstrong but Kelly saves well. That’s Galway’s fourth goal chance after Comer’s one just after half-time.


Kerry 1-10 Galway 0-9

Armstrong misses the 45. Walsh is replaced by Eamonn Brannigan. He looks to be holding his left shoulder as he comes off.


Kerry 1-11 Galway 0-10

Great run results in Murphy scoring his second. Brannigan opens his account moments later.


Kerry 1-12 Galway 0-10

Moran handpasses over but there was a goal on there.


Jack Savage has replaced James O’Donoghue.


Kerry 1-12 Galway 0-11

Brilliant point off the left by Armstrong. Michael Farragher is on for Bradshaw.


Kerry 1-13 Galway 0-11

Savage provides a point for the Kingdom. Anthony Maher replaces Jack Barry.


Kerry 1-14 Galway 0-11

Crowley races in from the end-line and O’Brien hand-passes over.


Kerry 1-15 Galway 0-11

Geaney converts a free from in front of the posts.


Kerry 1-15 Galway 0-12

Burke slots over the free after Comer plucked a free from the sky.


Kerry 1-16 Galway 0-12

68 mins – O’Brien strikes over the bar for his second score since being introduced. He’s really pushing for a starting role now.


Kerry 1-17 Galway 0-12

Moran finds Barry John Keane who handpasses over for his first score. Galway have lost belief a long time ago. We’ll have six minutes of added time.


Kerry 1-18 Galway 0-12

Another point from Keane, this one off the left.


Kerry 1-18 Galway 0-13

Heaney scores his first point of the day. That’s his first significant impact of the day.


Kerry 1-18 Galway 0-13 – FT


That’s all from the first game of today. Thanks for joining us.

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