By Mike Fitzpatrick
Kerry 3-7, Stamford 0-9
Who is to stop this Kerry side? Stamford, for so long the dark horses of senior football, came up against this rampant team from the Kingdom as a side on a mission. Tipped by some to give the top teams a run for their money this year, the boys from Connecticut met their match and then some when they faced this highly fancied Kerry formation Sunday at Gaelic Park.
Despite doing much of the attacking throughout the first half, the boys from Connecticut could not find a way past the Kerry backline, let alone discover the direct route to goal. Kerry however, are a different story. It seems that even when they play badly, they’re good. Paddy Kearney’s men missed chances aplenty in the first half, and as the interval passed, they got more into a stride. Shooting three goals past the outstretched arms of James McAleer, Kearney’s men remain atop the first division and on course for a second consecutive title.
Having now won their first four games in succession, it seems obvious that Kerry will make the playoffs. The question is, who will stop them? Tyrone are looking good on current form, and are obviously the team everyone fancies to give the Kingdom boys a run for their money, but who’s to know?
Kerry: Finbarr Flood, Ken Leen, Paul Gallivan (1-0), Paul Dillon, Paddy O’Connor, Adrian Riney, Peter Riney, Willie O’Donnell (0-1), Dave McSweeney, Mark Fitzgerald (0-1), Johnny Driscoll (0-1), Paul McCarthy (2-0), Dave McCarthy (0-1), Bingo Driscoll (0-2), Paudie Mulvihill (0-1). Subs: Louis Holland, Hughie Murphy.
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Stamford: James McAleer, Pat Coyne, Phil Wickham, Tony Power, Ronan O’Connor, Richie Purcell, Mark Comerford, Paul Galvin (0-1), Keith Hennessy (0-1), Terry Mannion, Adrian Kearney (0-4), Justin O’Halloran (0-1), Mike Martin (0-2), Dave Phelan, Jason Williams. Sub: David Williams.