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MTU Kerry fire home four goals in Sigerson Cup win over MTU Cork

Elsewhere tonight NUI Galway defeated Queen’s University Belfast.

Sigerson Cup Round 2A Results

  • MTU Kerry 4-9 MTU Cork 1-10
  • NUI Galway 3-10 Queen’s University Belfast 2-7

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tony-brosnan Kerry footballer Tony Brosnan is part of the MTU Kerry ranks. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

MTU Kerry 4-9

MTU Cork 1-10

Murt Murphy reports from Tralee

DESPITE FIELDING WITHOUT Kerry players Mike Breen and Dara Moynihan, MTU Kerry made light work of their Cork counterparts in this Sigerson Cup second round clash in Tralee tonight.

Three first-half goals were key for the winners, who were defensively strong due to the power of Tomás O’Connor and Fionan Mackessy, along with a superb man marking job by Michael Potts on Cork’s danger man Damian Gore. The Kerry side were never in danger of losing this tie as they built on their win over UCD last week to advance to the quarter-finals on 31 January, while MTU Cork have another chance when they play in Round 3 next week.

MTU Cork led early on with a Chris O’Donoghue point after forty five seconds but MTU Kerry Campus responded with a third minute goal when Tony Brosnan raced through and though his shot was saved by Cork keeper Scully, Mark O’Shea was on hand to send the rebound to the net.

Points followed by Tomás Ó Sé, Jack Savage and Tony Brosnan as Cork struggled to get any change of the Kerry defence in which Greg Horan of Stacks played a key role as sweeper.

greg-horan Austin Stacks player Greg Horan. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

MTU Kerry led 1-3 to 0-1 at the first water break but then when Ryan O’Grady scored a second goal and Brosnan added a point, the writing was on the wall for MTU Cork. Daniel O’Connell did flick a Gore pass to the net in the 21st minute but Kerry struck again in the 29th minute when Brosnan and Potts combined for Daragh Lyne to stroke the ball to the net and when the home side led 3-7 to 1-4 at half time, the second half was purely academic.

It was definitely over when Kerry substitute Cathal Ferriter scored a fourth goal after great approach work by Tony Brosnan, and though Damien Gore and Dylan O’Connor kicked a brace of late points, it mattered little as MTU Kerry advanced to the quarter-finals and few will fancy meeting them.

Scorers for MTU Kerry: Tony Brosnan 0-5 (0-2f), Ryan O’Grady 1-1 (1-0 mark, Mark O’Shea, Darragh Lyne, Cathal Ferriter 1-0 each, Jack Savage 0-2 (0-1f), Tomás Ó Sé 0-1.

Scorers for MTU Cork: Damien Gore 0-5 (0-2f), Daniel O’Connell 1-0, Dylan O’Connor 0-2, David O’Connor, David Buckley, Chris O’Donoghue 0-1 each.

MTU Kerry

(All Kerry unless stated)

Keith O’Leary (Kilcummin)

Mark Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes), Dean Carew (Upperchurch-Drombane, Tipperary), Michael Potts (Dr Crokes)

Tomas O’Connor (Ballymacelligott), Darragh Lyne (Killarney Legion) Evan Looney (Dr Crokes)

Fionán Mackessy (Ardfert), Mark O’Shea (Dr Crokes), 

Ryan O’Grady (Killarney Legion), Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahilly’s), Greg Horan (Austin Stacks)

Paul O’Shea (Kilcummin), Tony Brosnan (Dr Crokes), Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), 

Subs

Cathal Ferriter (Dundalk Young Irelands, Louth) for Fitzgerald (41)

Anthony Darmody (Rathmore) for O’Grady (49)

Jake Foster (Portarlington, Laois) for Ó Sé (51)

Sean Ó Luasa (Ballingeary, Cork) for Mackessy (53)

Luke Chester (Austin Stacks) for O’Connor (56)

MTU Cork

Ryan Scully (St Finbarr’s, Cork)

Paul Ring (Aghabullogue, Cork), Niall Donohue (Firies, Kerry), Adam Murphy (Aghabullogue, Cork)

Rory Maguire (Castlehaven, Cork), John Cooper (Éire Óg, Cork), Brian Hodnett (Carbery Rangers, Cork)

Gavin O’Brien (Kerins O’Rahilly’s, Kerry), Cillian O’Donovan (Macroom, Cork)

Chris O’Donoghue (Glenflesk, Kerry), Daniel O’Connell (Kanturk, Cork), Conall Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials, Tipperary)

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Damien Gore (Kilmacabea, Cork), David Buckley (Newcestown, Cork), David O’Connor (St Vincent’s, Cork)

Subs

Colm O’Shea (Kilshannig, Cork) for Donohoe (27)

Finbarr Murphy (Legion, Kerry) for O’Connor (half-time)

Andrew Whelton (Castlehaven, Cork) for Hodnett (39)

Dylan O’Connor (Castletownroche, Cork) for O’Donovan (40)

Thomas Casey (Kiskeam, Cork) for Ring (46)

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Firies)

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NUI Galway are also through to the quarter-final stage, Maurice Sheridan’s team winning by six points tonight against Queen’s University Belfast, at Whitehall Colmcille GAA Grounds.

Mayo duo Fionn McDonagh and Tommy Conroy both hit the net in the first half as NUI Galway went ahead 2-6 to 1-2 at half-time, Galway captain Sean Kelly striking home their third goal in the second half.

Conor Turbitt fought hard for Queen’s University and picked off 2-4, but NUIG booked a spot in the quarter-finals and Queen’s must get set for Round 3 next week.

BTL 5

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