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Brosnan and Savage inspire MTU Kerry to opening Sigerson Cup win over UCD
Five points separate the teams in Tralee.

MTU Kerry 1-13

UCD 0-11

Murt Murphy reports from Tralee

MTU KERRY PRODUCED a superb performance both defensively and with their scoring ability to surprise favourites UCD in a hard-fought Sigerson Cup clash played at the MTU Campus in Tralee this afternoon. 

tony-brosnan Laszlo Geczo / INPHO Kerry's Tony Brosnan. Laszlo Geczo / INPHO / INPHO

It was a game where MTU Kerry, managed by Kerry great Aidan O’Mahony, were the dominant and more disciplined side for three-quarters of the contest and were able to stave off a late UCD rally.

MTU Kerry powered by Kerry seniors Mike Breen, Dara Moynihan, Tony Brosnan and Jack Savage led 0-5 to 0-1 at the first water break thanks to three Tony Brosnan points and one each from Jack Savage and Mark O’Shea. UCD managed to amass five wides in that period and scored just one point from a Dáire Cregg free.

MTU with Mike Breen, Tomás O’Connor and Fionan Mackessy outstanding at the back continued to dominate the second quarter and by half-time, despite losing Tony Brosnan to a head injury, added three more points from two Savage frees and a fine Paul O’Shea score. UCD only managed three points with the outstanding Ray Connellan looking the only threat as MTU Kerry led 0-8 to 0-4 at the interval.

jack-savage Laszlo Geczo / INPHO Kerry footballer Jack Savage. Laszlo Geczo / INPHO / INPHO

The home side lost Dara Moynihan with a quad injury at half-time but Tony Brosnan returned and MTU Kerry still led 0-11 to 0-7 at the water break. UCD now thundered into the contest with Dublin goalkeeper Evan Comerford impressing with his kick-outs. Two points from Connellan and another from substitute Ciaran O’Reilly had closed the gap to just a goal the 55th minute.

But MTU Kerry then struck for the killer score in 56th minute when Paul O’Shea and Ryan O’Grady combined to send Tony Brosnan through and he blasted the ball past Comerford for a brilliant goal, clinching victory for MTU Kerry. On the day UCD had 18 wides, conceded 42 frees and 24 turnovers and will be disappointed with their performance.

Scorers: MTU Kerry: Tony Brosnan (1-4, 2f), Jack Savage (0-6, 5 frees), Paul O’Shea (0-2), Mark O’Shea (0-1).

Scorers for UCD: Daire Cregg (0-4. 3fs), Ray Connellan (0-4), Ciaran O’Reilly (0-2), M O’Connor (0-1).

MTU Kerry

(All Kerry unless stated)

Keith O’Leary (Kilcummin)

Mark Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes), Tomás O’Connor (Ballymacelligott), Dean Carew (Upperchurch-Drombane, Tipperary)

Evan Looney (Dr Crokes), Mike Breen (Beaufort), Fionán Mackessy (Ardfert)

Mark O’Shea (Dr Crokes), Darragh Lyne (Killarney Legion)

Paul O’Shea (Kilcummin), Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Dara Moynihan ( Spa)

Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), Tony Brosnan (Dr Crokes), Anthony Darmody (Rathmore).


Jake Foster (Portarlington, Laois) for Brosnan (inj) (27 to 31 mins)

Gary Vaughan (Spa) for Moynihan (inj) (half-time)

Cathal Ferriter (Dundalk Young Irelands, Louth) for Darmody (46 mins)

Ryan O’Grady (Legion) for Ó Sé (52 mins)

Sean Ó Luasa (Ballingeary, Cork) for Lyne (59 mins)

Foster for Savage (60 mins).


Evan Comerford (Dublin)

Eoin Harkin (Meath), Malachy Stone (Wicklow), Martin O’Connor (Wexford)

Kieran Kennedy (Dublin), Ryan O’Toole ( Monaghan), Fergal Lennon (Roscommon)

Peadar Ó’Cofaigh-Byrne (Dublin), Aaron McClements (Down)

Ruairi McCormack (Down), Ray Connellan (Westmeath), Darragh Kennedy (Cavan)

Daire Cregg (Roscommon), Fiachra Clifford (Kerry), Conor Crowley ( Carlow).


Johnny Lynam (Westmeath) for D Kennedy (half-time)

Ciaran O’Reilly (Dublin) for Crowley (half-time)

Ethan Devine (Meath) for Clements (46 mins)

Adam Loughran (Antrim) for Clifford (52 mins)

Niall Hannigan (Donegal) for McCormack (60 mins).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Firies).

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