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Morgan blasts Kerry for ‘defending from the front’

GAA logoCork 0-9 Kerry 0-14
By Tony Leen
UNFORTUNATELY, the crowd was long gone from Páirc Uí Rinn when the excitement kicked off.

With only a small troop of writers present, Billy Morgan proceeded to attack Kerry with a venom that would have served his players well an hour earlier.

It's not the first time the Cork coach has poked at Kerry's tactic of 'defending from the front' and his accusations should not be disregarded as post-defeat bluster. Morgan's seen too much football for that.

Kerry coach Jack O'Connor wasn't biting though. Too early in the year to be lighting unnecessary bush-fires. It might make for an interesting summer one livelier than Saturday night, hopefully.

Kerry's intentions were evident from the strength of their side, augmented before kick-off by the addition of Colm Cooper for the injured Paul O'Connor. They needed points on the board before heading off today to Portugal's Algarve for a week of warm weather training.

"Cork had a weakened side, but it's the first time they've lost under lights here," said O'Connor. "We didn't want to go into the (three week) break with no points, because fellas might be getting cranky with each other."

Cork started with only six of the players from last year's All-Ireland semi-final, while Kerry, with 10 of the players from that game, still only secured a scrappy victory in the final six minutes.

Morgan explained: "You'd like to qualify for the knockout stages of the league, but that's going to be very difficult now. However, if we get players out of this campaign then it will be worthwhile. They are coming through already Michael Prout did very well again on Mike Frank Russell."

Cork's hand had been weakened by the absence of a least five Nemo Rangers players and the late withdrawals of Anthony Lynch, John Hayes and Brendan Jer O'Sullivan.

However, the most critical absentee was midfielder Nicholas Murphy. Kerry's Darragh Ó Sé and especially Kieran Donaghy were rampant in the aerial exchanges.

Indeed, for a side that only resumed collective training last month, there's a healthy shine off Kerry. After last week's shelling from Mayo, the defence looked compact and in control, though Daniel Goulding gave Tom O'Sullivan plenty of trouble.

Cork's ploy of positioning Noel O'Leary on Tomás Ó Sé didn't deter the former footballer of the year, and Aidan O'Mahony and Marc Ó Sé were thriving in the final quarter.

Up front, Eamon Fitzmaurice did enough to suggest he'll get another outing at centre forward while Declan O'Sullivan has grown into the captaincy and is now playing with the authority of a leader.

He enjoyed a terrific tussle with Graham Canty and did a lot more than his solitary first-half point would suggest.

Perhaps his first 35 minutes was Kerry in microcosm. Plenty of possession and threat, but no final pass.

Off less possession, Cork changed ends leading 0-5 to 0-4 courtesy of two Goulding points, the latter a free. Indeed the Éire Óg man stretched the advantage moments into the second half.

Donaghy claimed a lead point for Kerry (0-7 to 0-8), but with 10 minutes left the visitors were still only 0-11 to 0-9 in front. However Cork's willingness was waning, despite a super score from a 45 by Gould.

It's silly to take anything conclusive from such an inexperienced Cork side, but the lack of scoring potential will concern Morgan. They've managed 1-14 in two league games, the same total Kerry accumulated in defeat against Mayo last week.

Scorers for Kerry: MF Russell (0-5, frees), C Cooper (0-3, 1 free), A O'Mahony, K Donaghy, E Brosnan, Darren O'Sullivan, Declan O'Sullivan and S O'Sullivan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding (0-4, 1 free), S Levis, F Gould ('45'), C McCarthy, K McMahon and K O'Sullivan (0-1 each).

CORK: 1 A Quirke; 17 M Prout, 3 G Canty, 2 K O'Connor; 8 M Shields, 6 G Spillane, 7 S Levis; 12 K McMahon, 9 D Hurley; 10 F Gould, 11 C McCarthy, 5 N O'Leary; 23 D Goulding, 19 R O'Mahony, 15 K O'Sullivan. Subs: A O'Connor (St Colm's) for O'Mahony (49 mins).

KERRY: 1 D Murphy; 6 A O'Mahony, 3 M McCarthy, 4 T O'Sullivan; 5 T Ó Sé, 2 M Ó Sé, 7 M Lyons; 8 D Ó Sé, 9 K Donaghy; 10 Darren O'Sullivan, 11 E Fitzmaurice, 12 E Brosnan; 13 MF Russell, 14 Declan O'Sullivan, 18 C Cooper.

Subs: S O'Sullivan for Darren O'Sullivan (58); Blood sub S O'Sullivan for D Ó Sé (30).

Referee: M Deegan (Laois).

 

Morgan blasts Kerry for ‘defending from the front’

GAA logoCork 0-9 Kerry 0-14
By Tony Leen
UNFORTUNATELY, the crowd was long gone from Páirc Uí Rinn when the excitement kicked off.

With only a small troop of writers present, Billy Morgan proceeded to attack Kerry with a venom that would have served his players well an hour earlier.

It's not the first time the Cork coach has poked at Kerry's tactic of 'defending from the front' and his accusations should not be disregarded as post-defeat bluster. Morgan's seen too much football for that.

Kerry coach Jack O'Connor wasn't biting though. Too early in the year to be lighting unnecessary bush-fires. It might make for an interesting summer one livelier than Saturday night, hopefully.

Kerry's intentions were evident from the strength of their side, augmented before kick-off by the addition of Colm Cooper for the injured Paul O'Connor. They needed points on the board before heading off today to Portugal's Algarve for a week of warm weather training.

"Cork had a weakened side, but it's the first time they've lost under lights here," said O'Connor. "We didn't want to go into the (three week) break with no points, because fellas might be getting cranky with each other."

Cork started with only six of the players from last year's All-Ireland semi-final, while Kerry, with 10 of the players from that game, still only secured a scrappy victory in the final six minutes.

Morgan explained: "You'd like to qualify for the knockout stages of the league, but that's going to be very difficult now. However, if we get players out of this campaign then it will be worthwhile. They are coming through already Michael Prout did very well again on Mike Frank Russell."

Cork's hand had been weakened by the absence of a least five Nemo Rangers players and the late withdrawals of Anthony Lynch, John Hayes and Brendan Jer O'Sullivan.

However, the most critical absentee was midfielder Nicholas Murphy. Kerry's Darragh Ó Sé and especially Kieran Donaghy were rampant in the aerial exchanges.

Indeed, for a side that only resumed collective training last month, there's a healthy shine off Kerry. After last week's shelling from Mayo, the defence looked compact and in control, though Daniel Goulding gave Tom O'Sullivan plenty of trouble.

Cork's ploy of positioning Noel O'Leary on Tomás Ó Sé didn't deter the former footballer of the year, and Aidan O'Mahony and Marc Ó Sé were thriving in the final quarter.

Up front, Eamon Fitzmaurice did enough to suggest he'll get another outing at centre forward while Declan O'Sullivan has grown into the captaincy and is now playing with the authority of a leader.

He enjoyed a terrific tussle with Graham Canty and did a lot more than his solitary first-half point would suggest.

Perhaps his first 35 minutes was Kerry in microcosm. Plenty of possession and threat, but no final pass.

Off less possession, Cork changed ends leading 0-5 to 0-4 courtesy of two Goulding points, the latter a free. Indeed the Éire Óg man stretched the advantage moments into the second half.

Donaghy claimed a lead point for Kerry (0-7 to 0-8), but with 10 minutes left the visitors were still only 0-11 to 0-9 in front. However Cork's willingness was waning, despite a super score from a 45 by Gould.

It's silly to take anything conclusive from such an inexperienced Cork side, but the lack of scoring potential will concern Morgan. They've managed 1-14 in two league games, the same total Kerry accumulated in defeat against Mayo last week.

Scorers for Kerry: MF Russell (0-5, frees), C Cooper (0-3, 1 free), A O'Mahony, K Donaghy, E Brosnan, Darren O'Sullivan, Declan O'Sullivan and S O'Sullivan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding (0-4, 1 free), S Levis, F Gould ('45'), C McCarthy, K McMahon and K O'Sullivan (0-1 each).

CORK: 1 A Quirke; 17 M Prout, 3 G Canty, 2 K O'Connor; 8 M Shields, 6 G Spillane, 7 S Levis; 12 K McMahon, 9 D Hurley; 10 F Gould, 11 C McCarthy, 5 N O'Leary; 23 D Goulding, 19 R O'Mahony, 15 K O'Sullivan. Subs: A O'Connor (St Colm's) for O'Mahony (49 mins).

KERRY: 1 D Murphy; 6 A O'Mahony, 3 M McCarthy, 4 T O'Sullivan; 5 T Ó Sé, 2 M Ó Sé, 7 M Lyons; 8 D Ó Sé, 9 K Donaghy; 10 Darren O'Sullivan, 11 E Fitzmaurice, 12 E Brosnan; 13 MF Russell, 14 Declan O'Sullivan, 18 C Cooper.

Subs: S O'Sullivan for Darren O'Sullivan (58); Blood sub S O'Sullivan for D Ó Sé (30).

Referee: M Deegan (Laois).

 

Morgan blasts Kerry for ‘defending from the front’

GAA logoCork 0-9 Kerry 0-14
By Tony Leen
UNFORTUNATELY, the crowd was long gone from Páirc Uí Rinn when the excitement kicked off.

With only a small troop of writers present, Billy Morgan proceeded to attack Kerry with a venom that would have served his players well an hour earlier.

It's not the first time the Cork coach has poked at Kerry's tactic of 'defending from the front' and his accusations should not be disregarded as post-defeat bluster. Morgan's seen too much football for that.

Kerry coach Jack O'Connor wasn't biting though. Too early in the year to be lighting unnecessary bush-fires. It might make for an interesting summer one livelier than Saturday night, hopefully.

Kerry's intentions were evident from the strength of their side, augmented before kick-off by the addition of Colm Cooper for the injured Paul O'Connor. They needed points on the board before heading off today to Portugal's Algarve for a week of warm weather training.

"Cork had a weakened side, but it's the first time they've lost under lights here," said O'Connor. "We didn't want to go into the (three week) break with no points, because fellas might be getting cranky with each other."

Cork started with only six of the players from last year's All-Ireland semi-final, while Kerry, with 10 of the players from that game, still only secured a scrappy victory in the final six minutes.

Morgan explained: "You'd like to qualify for the knockout stages of the league, but that's going to be very difficult now. However, if we get players out of this campaign then it will be worthwhile. They are coming through already Michael Prout did very well again on Mike Frank Russell."

Cork's hand had been weakened by the absence of a least five Nemo Rangers players and the late withdrawals of Anthony Lynch, John Hayes and Brendan Jer O'Sullivan.

However, the most critical absentee was midfielder Nicholas Murphy. Kerry's Darragh Ó Sé and especially Kieran Donaghy were rampant in the aerial exchanges.

Indeed, for a side that only resumed collective training last month, there's a healthy shine off Kerry. After last week's shelling from Mayo, the defence looked compact and in control, though Daniel Goulding gave Tom O'Sullivan plenty of trouble.

Cork's ploy of positioning Noel O'Leary on Tomás Ó Sé didn't deter the former footballer of the year, and Aidan O'Mahony and Marc Ó Sé were thriving in the final quarter.

Up front, Eamon Fitzmaurice did enough to suggest he'll get another outing at centre forward while Declan O'Sullivan has grown into the captaincy and is now playing with the authority of a leader.

He enjoyed a terrific tussle with Graham Canty and did a lot more than his solitary first-half point would suggest.

Perhaps his first 35 minutes was Kerry in microcosm. Plenty of possession and threat, but no final pass.

Off less possession, Cork changed ends leading 0-5 to 0-4 courtesy of two Goulding points, the latter a free. Indeed the Éire Óg man stretched the advantage moments into the second half.

Donaghy claimed a lead point for Kerry (0-7 to 0-8), but with 10 minutes left the visitors were still only 0-11 to 0-9 in front. However Cork's willingness was waning, despite a super score from a 45 by Gould.

It's silly to take anything conclusive from such an inexperienced Cork side, but the lack of scoring potential will concern Morgan. They've managed 1-14 in two league games, the same total Kerry accumulated in defeat against Mayo last week.

Scorers for Kerry: MF Russell (0-5, frees), C Cooper (0-3, 1 free), A O'Mahony, K Donaghy, E Brosnan, Darren O'Sullivan, Declan O'Sullivan and S O'Sullivan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding (0-4, 1 free), S Levis, F Gould ('45'), C McCarthy, K McMahon and K O'Sullivan (0-1 each).

CORK: 1 A Quirke; 17 M Prout, 3 G Canty, 2 K O'Connor; 8 M Shields, 6 G Spillane, 7 S Levis; 12 K McMahon, 9 D Hurley; 10 F Gould, 11 C McCarthy, 5 N O'Leary; 23 D Goulding, 19 R O'Mahony, 15 K O'Sullivan. Subs: A O'Connor (St Colm's) for O'Mahony (49 mins).

KERRY: 1 D Murphy; 6 A O'Mahony, 3 M McCarthy, 4 T O'Sullivan; 5 T Ó Sé, 2 M Ó Sé, 7 M Lyons; 8 D Ó Sé, 9 K Donaghy; 10 Darren O'Sullivan, 11 E Fitzmaurice, 12 E Brosnan; 13 MF Russell, 14 Declan O'Sullivan, 18 C Cooper.

Subs: S O'Sullivan for Darren O'Sullivan (58); Blood sub S O'Sullivan for D Ó Sé (30).

Referee: M Deegan (Laois).