Fuerty boss slams ‘second class citizens’ treatment

Fuerty (Roscommon) 0-10 Keel (Kerry) 0-9

Fuerty boss slams ‘second class citizens’ treatment

Though the Roscommon men claimed victory there was no gloating from manager Malachy Gately who lashed out at how both teams were treated by GAA chiefs.

He blasted: “If Croke Park are interested in carrying on with this championship, there should be more respect shown to spectators and to players.

“We should not be here. It’s too dangerous. Everyone wants to get to Croke Park, but put the game back a week, two weeks. Whatever it takes, but we should not be here.

“We are being treated as second class citizens, you would not find a senior or an intermediate club game here. I feel sorry for Keel, as that was not a fair way to decide it. It was a lottery.”

Dejected Keel boss PJ Reidy concurred: “The better team won, they adapted to the conditions better, they took their scores, we missed some easy scores in the second half.

“When you get to an All-Ireland semi-final you expect certain standards to be met. We might as well have played the game above in the Curragh. Both sets of subs were standing out in rain yet for the Munster final, we got a list of conditions (to be adhered to) and I was afraid I would be jailed if I breached any. Yet for an All-Ireland Junior semi-final, sure anything will do. Clubs like Fuerty and Keel make the GAA and they should look outside the box and show the small clubs respect. I don’t think Crokes or Crossmaglen would be asked to play in this.”

Keel won the toss and opted to play against the gale and spent the opening half on the backfoot. Fuerty, inspired by midfielder Fran Hanlon, and the work rate of Eamon Bannon, Robbie Fallon and Niall Kilroy, decamped in the Kerry side’s half. Scores from Gearoid Ennis and Kilroy had Fuerty 0-7 to 0-1 ahead at half time with Gary Sayers kicking Keel’s solitary score.

The second half saw Keel take the game to Fuerty, with Thomas Ladden a colossus at midfield, but they were over reliant on Sayers and Liam Sheehan as they trailed 0-9 to 0-8 with four minutes remaining. Keel missed vital frees before Fuerty added another score (0-10 to 0-8).

A late Sheehan point from a free left one score in it, but Fuerty were not to be denied.

Scorers for Fuerty: G Ennis 0-6 frees, N Kilroy 0-2 (0-1free), R Fallon and E Bannon 0-1 each

Scorers for Keel: G Sayers 0-4 (0-1 free), L Sheehan 0-3 (0-1 free), T O Sullivan and M Burke 0-1 each

FUERTY: J Fallon, D Flaherty, P Kelehan, A Moore, P Neilan, T Bannon, S Melia, E Bannon, F Hanlon, R Fallon, N Kilroy, N Keenan, G Ennis, G Fallon, P Leahy. Subs: M Keaveney for P Leahy (h/t), D Delaney for S Melia (37), C Kelly for E Bannon (B/C 40), N Connolly for D Flaherty (55)

KEEL: S Cahillane, E Ashe, G Nagle, B Murphy, G Evans, E O Connor, J Nagle, T Ladden, M Burke, G Sayers, L Sheehan, E O Neill, L O Shea, T O Sullivan, A Cahillane. Subs: K Foley for L O Shea (42), M O Connor for T O Sullivan (48)

Referee: N Mooney (Cavan)

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