Classy Kerry rout Rossies

Electric Ireland All-Ireland MFC quarter-final:
Kerry 3-18 Roscommon 2-3

After a very encouraging Connacht campaign, there were valid grounds for believing that Roscommon minors had legitimate hopes of travelling to Ennis last Saturday and upsetting the odds by beating Kerry in the All-Ireland quarter-final. However, such hopes were dashed early into this match as ‘the Kingdom’ brushed Roscommon aside with ease. In the end, they had 18 points to spare in a very one-sided game, the outcome of which was not in doubt from long before even the half-time whistle.

Roscommon started with a pointed free from Dean Casey in the second minute, but Kerry set about settling the issue as fast as possible with some devastating football in that first half. Ben Murphy and Killian Dennehy were totally dominant in the middle of the park, driving their team on relentlessly.

The scores began to mount up and by the end of the first quarter the Munster champions led by 0-6 to 0-1. It didn’t get any better for Roscommon after that as brilliant Kerry full-forward Ronan Carroll ran riot with four points on the trot.

In the 29th minute Joe McCarthy’s effort for a point dipped in under Patrick Gaynor’s crossbar for a goal, a score that helped Kerry to a 1-11 to 0-1 half-time lead. In truth, the game was over as a contest at that stage.

Roscommon were living on crumbs of possession. When they did get a chance to score, they were off target from play and from frees. Their cause was not helped when Eoin Collins received a black card five minutes into the second half.

By then, Kerry were already home and dry, and they weren’t exactly easing up. Roscommon, to their credit, kept battling away, putting in a huge effort in that second half, albeit to no avail in terms of the final outcome.

At least there were two consolation goals for the young Rossies, both netted by Collins after the break. For their part, Kerry ran up another two goals and seven points, both goals coming from impressive substitute Ryan O’Driscoll.

It was a day to forget for Roscommon, who were out of their depth against what looks an exceptional Kerry team. A measure of how one-sided this was is the fact that Roscommon only scored one point from play (apart from the goals).

Liam Finneran, Eoin Collins and Shay McGuinness were prominent for James Duignan’s side on the day, but it was a disappointing end to the team’s All-Ireland campaign after what was a good provincial campaign by Roscommon.