KERRY bagged a magnificent seven goals and knocked over points in double digits as they well and truly outclassed Tipperary in the first round of the Munster Minor Football Championship.
The spotlight fell on Siofra O’Shea of Southern Gales as the former Munster Young Player of the Year and Irish basketball international illuminated the John Mitchels GAA complex in Tralee on Sunday with an incredible personal haul of 2-6.
It led to a facile 24-points win for Rory Kilgallon’s finely tuned side with the final score reading Kerry 7-10 Tipperary 1-4.
O’Shea, her Southern Gaels’ clubmate Rachel O’Dwyer, and Paris McCarthy all notched two goals each with the seventh coming from the impressive Ella Teahan.
The game was all but over at the end of the opening quarter with Kerry 3-5 to 1-2 clear but, far from sitting back on their lead, they turned the screw and kept on tormenting the Tipp defence.
The nature of the victory gave Rory Kilgallon an opportunity to run his bench which afforded some experience to a number of squad players as Kerry now prepare for a clash with Cork in round two with a win guaranteeing them a place in the final.
The Munster Minor Championship consists of three teams that play at A level with Kerry and Tipperary joined by Cork in a round robin format. The team that finishes top of their group will automatically make the final but there is another bite at the cherry for the second and third placed teams as they will meet in a semi-final.
The bulk of his successful under 16 squad remain involved and star defender Ava Doherty, Danielle O’Leary, Ella Teahan and Ciara Butler have lined out with the Kerry senior squad this year.
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