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Darran O'Sullivan on fire as Mid Kerry reach the Kerry SFC final

Mid Kerry will now face Austin Stacks in the Kerry SFC final.

Darran O'Sullivan.
Darran O'Sullivan.
Image: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

Mid Kerry 1-12

Shannon Rangers 0-7

MID KERRY, AS expected, won their place in the Kerry county final with victory over Shannon Rangers but they could have hardly have expected it to be quite this easy.

If the curtain-raiser in Tralee was a fairly one-sided contest, the ‘main event’ was dull and non-competitive beyond belief.

The first quarter can be summed up in two words: nothing happened. A couple of wides to either team was about as much as happened in a turgid opening 15 minutes before Darran O’Sullivan kicked the game’s first score to ironic cheers.

Donnchadh Walsh Donnchadh Walsh in action for Kerry, now has a county final to look forward to. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Gavan O’Grady doubled Mid Kerry’s lead before Darran O’Sullivan drew a great save from Darragh O’Shea in the Rangers goal.

James Long wasted a great goal chance moments later but the Mid Kerry goal soon arrived when Darran O’Sullivan played a neat one-two with Long before finishing soccer-style past O’Shea.

That put Mid Kerry 1-3 to no score ahead and points from Fergal Griffin and Colin McGillicuddy left them 1-5 to 0-0 ahead at the break.

The second half continued in similarly pedestrian fashion, with the sides exchanging occasional scores to no real drama or tempo.

Paul Kennelly converted a couple of early frees to give the Rangers supporters something to cheer but points from Sean O’Sullivan, O’Grady and Liam Carey kept Mid Kerry comfortably ahead at the three-quarter mark, 1-8 to 0-2.

The final quarter saw another handful of scores exchanged as the crowd headed for the exits, with Mid Kerry easy eight-point winners in the end.

Scorers for Mid Kerry: Darran O’Sullivan 1-1; Gavan O’Grady 0-4 (0-2f 0-1 ‘45); Sean O’Sullivan 0-2; Donnchadh Walsh,Colin McGillicuddy, Gary Sayers, Fergal Griffin, Liam Carey 0-1 each.
 Scorers for Shannon Rangers: Paul Kennelly 0-3 (0-3f); Danny Wrenn, Barry O’Grady, David Culhane, Patsy O’Connell 0-1 each.

Mid Kerry

1.  Michael Moriarty

2. Aaron Cahillane

3. Ger Hartnett

4. Michael John O’Connor

5. Ronan Murphy

6. Fergal Griffin

7. Pa Kilkenny

8. Colin McGillycuddy

9. Tomas Ladden

10. James Long

11. Darran O’Sullivan

12. Donnchadh Walsh

13. Gavan O’Grady

14. Gary Sayers

25. Danny O’Suillivan

Subs: 22. Liam Carey for J Long (HT), 29. Sean O’Sullivan for Danny O’Sullivan (39), 18. Jeremiah Hoare for A Cahillane (53), 15. Kieran Courtney for Darran O’Sullivan (53), 17. Bernard Murphy for D Walsh (56), 24. Martin Burke for G Sayers (58)

Shannon Rangers

1. Darragh O’Shea

2. Mike McEllistrim

3. Danny Wrenn

4. Jeremy King

5. Ambrose Lannigan

6. Shane Enright

18. Paud Costello

8. Martin O’Mahoney

9. David Culhane

10. Barry O’Grady

11. Ger O’Gorman

12. Kieran Mulvihill

21. Mikey Boyle

14. Paul Kennelly

15. Gerard O’Sullivan

Subs: 22. Patsy O’Connell for G O’Sullivan (22), 7. Kevin Enright for M O’Mahoney (23), 24. Pat Joe Connolly for K Mulvihill (26), 17. Tommy Kennelly for M Boyle (38), 20. Paul Collins for P Costello

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Firies)

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