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Good afternoon and welcome along to The42‘s coverage of this Phase 2 Super 8s clash between Monaghan and Kerry.

Kerry travel to Clones in desperate need of a win after a disappointing performance against Galway last week in their opening game.

Monaghan got the better of Kildare the last day out to get themselves off the mark and they will be eager to add to that winning momentum on home soil.

It all makes for a mouthwatering tie and we’ll be with you every step of the way, bringing you live updates throughout the afternoon.

We’ll have team news and any last minute changes for you in the coming minutes and if you’d like to get involved in the coverage, simply post a comment below or send a tweet to @Shin_Farrell.

Team Line-Ups.

Here’s how Kerry are named to start.


1. Shane Murphy (Dr Crokes) (C)

2. Ronan Shanahan (Austin Stacks)
3. Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore)
4. Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle)

5. Paul Murphy (Rathmore)
6. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)
7. Gavin White (Dr Crokes)

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

10. Kevin McCarthy (Kilcummin)
11. Seán O’Shea (Kenmare)
12. Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare)

13. David Clifford (Fossa)
14. Paul Geaney (Dingle)
15. James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)


16. Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion)
17. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)
18. Brian Ó Beaglaíoch (An Ghaeltacht)
19. Micheál Burns (Dr Crokes)
20. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys)
21. Anthony Maher (Duagh)
22. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)
23. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)
24. Tadhg Morley (Templenoe)
25. Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)
26. Gavin Crowley (Templenoe)

And here’s how Monaghan are named to line out.


1. Rory Beggan (An Bhoth)

2. Kieran Duffy (Leachtain)
3. Drew Wylie (Béal Átha Beithe)
4. Ryan Wylie (Béal Átha Beithe)

5. Dessie Mone (Cluain Tiobraid)
6. Vinny Corey (Cluain Tiobraid)
7. Karl O’Connell (Tigh Thalainn)

8. Niall Kearns (Seán Mac Diarmada)
9. Darren Hughes (An Bhoth)

10. Ryan Mc Anespie (Scairbh na gCaorach)
11. Shane Carey (An Bhoth)
12. Owen Duffy (Leachtain)

13. Conor Mc Carthy (An Bhoth)
14. Fintan Kelly (Cluain Eois)
15. Conor Mc Manus (Cluain Tiobraid)


16. Conor Forde (An Bhoth)
17. Conor Boyle (Cluain Tiobraid)
18. Barry Kerr (Craobh Mhairtín)
19. Colin Walshe Coilín Breatnach Dubhamlacht
20. Neil Mc Adam Niall Mac Adaim Na Cláirsigh
21. Kieran Hughes (An Bhoth)
22. Thomas Kerr (Béal Átha Beithe)
23. Dermot Malone (Fág An Bealach)
24. Paudie Mc Kenna (Gaeil Triúcha)
25. Jack Mc Carron (Curraichín)
26. David Garland (Domhnach Maighean)

Kerry need a result today and speaking earlier this week, five-time All-Ireland winner — and Paddy Power News columnist — says:

“From having been inside that dressing room with all these players, I only retired less than 12 months ago, and knowing the guys inside there and their character that there’s going to be a massive, massive performance out of Kerry next week in Clones. There’s no doubt in my mind about that.

“There’s a lot of pride in those players, things didn’t go right for them last Sunday and they’ll be disappointed. Having the opportunity to come back one week later is massive. You don’t get that kind of opportunity too often.

“They can right a wrong almost right away. To a certain degree there is a gun to their head, they have to win. Going up to Clones will not be easy. It’s going to be a war of attrition. Monaghan have a fantastic record above there and they’ll have their tails up after beating Kildare.”

Looking focused!

Throw-in is at 4pm with live coverage on the Sunday Game.

Conor McManus Source: James Crombie/INPHO

James O'Donoghue arrives Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Kieran Donaghy arrives Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Darran O'Sullivan Source: James Crombie/INPHO

We’re hearing reports that Brian Kelly and Kieran Donaghy could be starting for Kerry with Shane Murphy and James O’Donoghue making way.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

The42′s Fintan O’Toole has created a poll to find out who you think will win today’s Super 8s matches.

Cast your vote here.

Confirmed Changes!

Kerry: Brian Kelly will start in goal and Kieran Donaghy has been brought into the attack. Shane Murphy and James O’Donoghue make way.

Monaghan: Colin Walshe and Dermot Malone come in for Dessie Mone and Owen Duffy.

Mayo’s Tom Parsons says he’s ‘surprised’ to see Donaghy starting on the Sunday Game while Ciarán Whelan says he’s not surprised and reckons he will give Kerry ‘a different dynamic’ in Clones.

Here’s what the managers think ahead of throw-in.

The teams are lining up for the National Anthem.

Clones looks pretty full for this game.


And we’re off in Clones!


Monaghan 1-1 Kerry 0-0

Well what a start for Monaghan. Ryan Wylie won a free after a great run up the sideline which ended up in the hands of Conor McManusl. He turned his man to create a one-on-one situation and smoothly slipped the ball into the net.

He followed that up with a point from play to give the home side a great start.


Monaghan 1-1 Kerry 0-1

Seán O’Shea responds with a free for Kerry to settle the visiting side.


Monaghan 1-1 Kerry 0-1

Both sides hitting some bad wides in the early stages as Karl O’Connell takes a heavy fall after a fine fetch from a kick-out.


Monaghan 1-1 Kerry 0-2

A second Seán O’Shea free brings Kerry to within two of Monaghan.


Monaghan 1-2 Kerry 0-2

Rory Beggan steps up to take a long-range free and he glides it over the bar. He’s brilliant from those kind of dead ball situations.

That pushes Monaghan back out to a three-point lead.


Monaghan 1-2 Kerry 0-3

Seán O’Shea hits his third score of the afternoon and his first from play. He’s Kerry’s only scorer so far.


Monaghan 1-3 Kerry 0-3

Karl O’Connell makes some excellent ground to get up to a scoring position. He wins a free and McManus taps it over.


Monaghan 1-4 Kerry 0-3

Niall Kearns with the latest point for Monaghan.

Paul Geaney had a bad miss before that. O’Shea did well to feed the ball into him and after losing his man, Geaney had done the hard work. He takes a shot at the posts but the execution is poor and that’s another wide for Kerry.


Monaghan 1-5 Kerry 0-4

O’Shea kicks his fourth of the day to keep Kerry in touch. But Monaghan reply almost straight away through Darren Hughes.


Monaghan 1-6 Kerry 0-5

Kerry not going away quietly and they tagging on the points. Tom O’Sullivan finds the target.

McManus replies with a free to bring his tally to 1-3 so far.


Monaghan 1-6 Kerry 0-6

It looked like David Clifford had kicked a beauty but it sails wide. The ball comes back in shortly after and Kieran Donaghy wins a free which O’Shea calmly slots over.

He’s on 5 points at this stage.


Monaghan 1-7 Kerry 0-6

Monaghan starting to slow the game down a bit. They’re dominating proceedings so far. Fintan Kelly and McManus then link up to inject some pace back into the attack and McManus slots it over.



Kerry corner-back Tom O’Sullivan tries to palm the ball into the net but Begann parries it away for a ’45.


Monaghan 1-7 Kerry 0-8

Super effort from O’Shea to convert that ’45. Clifford follows that up to split the posts from play. They cut the deficit to two points.


Monaghan 1-8 Kerry 0-8

O’Connell pops the ball off to Shane Carey and he drives his shot over the bar to restore that three-point lead.


Monaghan 1-8 Kerry 0-9

O’Shea is flawless from the frees today. O’Sullivan and Clifford the other two scorers for the Kingdom so far.


Monaghan 1-9 Kerry 0-9

But as soon as Kerry look like they’re making progress Monaghan strike back. They get a long-distance free and Beggan nails it.


Monaghan 1-10 Kerry 0-9

McManus takes his account up to 1-5 before half-time with another point from play.

Three minutes of added time to be played.

Drew Wylie and Paul Geaney Source: James Crombie/INPHO


Monaghan 1-10 Kerry 0-9

Darren Hughes earns a free in Rory Beggan range. The goalie has already scored a free from a similar area.

Clifford and Kieran Duffy both get yellow cards as Beggan’s shot sails over.


Monaghan 1-11 Kerry 0-10

Clifford responds with his second point of the day and Kerry needed that before Monaghan put too much distance between the sides.


Well that was a breath-taking first half. Brilliant attacking play and score-taking. Both sides in solid form from the frees but there was some wayward shooting in the early stages.

Monaghan look to be in better shape at the break with that Conor McManus goal in the opening minute sending them on their way. They lead by four while Kerry need to find more scoring outlets.

Seán O’Shea’s frees have been really important for them while David Clifford and corner-back Tom O’Sullivan have kept them in touch.


That Conor McManus goal!


Some highlights from the first half!

Conor Mc Manus celebrates scoring a goal Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Vinny Corey and Jack Barry Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Kieran Donaghy and Rory Beggan Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Dermot Malone with Mark Griffin Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Drew Wylie and David Clifford Source: James Crombie/INPHO


The second half is underway!


Monaghan 1-11 Kerry 0-10

Kerry make a half-time change


Monaghan 1-11 Kerry 0-10

Referee blows his whistle for a Kieran Donaghy challenge while in possession of the ball.


Monaghan 1-11 Kerry 0-10

He gets a yellow after swinging his arm back at Karl O’Connell who was trying to tackle him.


Monaghan 1-11 Kerry 0-11

Kerry full-back Mark Griffin earns a free in front of a goal for a tackle by Drew Wylie and O’Shea pops it over comfortably.

Back to a three-point game.


Monaghan 1-11 Kerry 0-11

Micheál Burns hits a bad wide which could have been a vital point. Monaghan win the resultant kick-out.

Beggan jogs up to take it but it’s the first one he fails to convert as Kerry bring the ball back out.


Monaghan 1-11 Kerry 0-12

Tom O’Sullivan with a brilliant individual score to bring his tally to two points but Monaghan have another long-range free for Beggan to take.


Monaghan 1-11 Kerry 0-12

Kerry get a reprieve as Beggan’s effort goes wide. The momentum seems to be swinging Kerry’s way now.

Meanwhile, Monaghan’s Kieran Hughes comes on for Conor McCarthy


Monaghan 1-11 Kerry 0-13

David Moran keeps the recovery going with a beautiful point from play. It’s a one-point game now.

What a response from Kerry after looking like they were drifting out of the tie


Monaghan 1-12 Kerry 0-13

McManus hits Monaghan’s first point of the second half in the 44th minute. He’s on 1-6 now and it gives his side a bit of a breather.


Monaghan 1-12 Kerry 0-13

O’Shea misses a long-range free as James O’Donoghue comes on to replace Paul Geaney.


Monaghan 1-13 Kerry 0-13

McManus wins a free and converts it to push them into a three-point lead.


Monaghan 1-13 Kerry 0-13

Brian Ó Beaglaíoch is on for Mark Griffin.


Monaghan 1-14 Kerry 0-13

Rory Beggan finds his range again and that’s his fourth point of the game. That’s three points on the bounce for Monaghan.

Darran O’Sullivan has been introduced for Kerry with Seán O’Shea coming off.


Monaghan 1-14 Kerry 0-14

Gavin White comes off after an accidental collision. Donaghy wins the resultant throw-up and Paul Murphy powers through the Monaghan defence to kick a point.


Monaghan 1-15 Kerry 0-14

McManus now on 1-8 after that free. Every time Kerry seem to eating into the deficit, Monaghan find a response.

The final 10 minutes of normal time are looming.


Monaghan 1-16 Kerry 0-15

Karl O’Connell has been exceptional so far and his performance deserves a point. McManus popped the ball out to the defender and O’Connell kept his composure to split the posts.

Clifford replies with a monstrous point.


Monaghan 1-16 Kerry 0-15

Monaghan bring on Owen Duff in place of Shane Carey.


Monaghan 1-16 Kerry 0-15

Anthony Maher replaces Jack Barry on the Kerry team.


Monaghan 1-16 Kerry 0-16

Stephen O’Brien now on the frees for Kerry and he scores to make it a three-point game again heading into the last five minutes of normal time.


Monaghan 1-17 Kerry 0-16

Ronan Shanahan commits a foul on McManus and it’s just target practice for the Monaghan man.

There’s four points between the sides again.

Meanwhile, Fintan Kelly is off and is replaced by Dessie Mone.


Monaghan 1-17 Kerry 0-16

Beggan steps over a free but fails to find the target. Five additional minutes to be played.


Monaghan 1-17 Kerry 0-17

Anthony Maher scores shortly after his introduction. There’s just one score between them.


We’re into injury time now and Kerry need a goal to level this game.


Monaghan 1-17 Kerry 0-17

Paul Geaney is back on for defender Tom O’Sullivan.

Monaghan 1-17 Kerry 1-17

Oh my word!! What a goal from David Clifford. James O’Donoghue launches a long ball into the box. Kieran Donaghy breaks it out to Clifford and he scores from the narrowest of angles.


FT: Monaghan 1-17 Kerry 1-17


What a finish!

Kerry show immense character to ground out a draw when they looked to be gone. Donaghy had been a bit quiet today but he got under a high ball from James O’Donoghue and set up a goal to level the tie.

Monaghan will be kicking themselves for failing to get the win that they deserved for the most part. But they were guilty of hitting some bad wides.

It’s all to play for in the final phase of the Super 8s now as Monaghan travel down to Salthill to face Galway and Kerry welcome Kildare to Killarney.

Here’s that goal from David Clifford

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