Monday 20 January 2020

Galway end Kerry hopes

Tomo Culhane of Galway. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Tomo Culhane of Galway. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Galway caused an upset at Croke Park, where they inflicted a first defeat on Kerry minors since 2013 and halted the Kingdom's drive for a sixth successive All-Ireland MFC title.

The courage of the Tribesmen, inspired by the drive of midfielder Damien O'Flaherty and the finishing power of Tomo Culhane, squeezed home by 0-14 to 0-13 in a thriller.

Kerry's attack failed to fire in the opening half and it was Galway who held a two-point advantage at the end of the opening quarter, with Dylan Brady, Warren Seoige and Culhane hitting eye-catching scores.

The defending champions' kicking game saw them carve out scores for Emmet O'Shea and Dylan Geaney.

Galway reached the break with a 0-7 to 0-5 lead, but a Kerry blitz saw them hit four points in the opening two minutes of the second half.

But the westerners dug deep and Kerry trailed by a single point after Darragh Kennedy and Geaney swapped points, but couldn't find that vital score in an unbearably tense closing spell.

Galway will face Cork in the final after the Leesiders' 4-12 to 1-13 win over Mayo. Cork are just one game away from capturing both underage All-Ireland titles.

Skipper Conor Corbett led the way with 2-3, all from play, while Patrick Campbell also tormented the Mayo defence, hitting 1-2.

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