O’Hare and Carew were prominent on the scoreboard and in open play to help Cavan move into a strong lead. Cavan were now in complete control and ran out 11 point winners.
Best for Cavan were Gavin Joyce in goal, and though the full back line was not overworked, Lamb, Kennedy and Munnelly were excellent in front of them while also supporting the attack. Ryan O’Hare, Eric Bradley and Eoin Carew were the most dangerous upfront.
Armagh had strong performances from Raymie Kane, Seamus McDaid, Richie Morgan and Colm O’Hanlon.
Cavan: 1 Gavin Joyce, 2 Ciaran Martin, 3 Michael Higgins, 4 Ronan McGinley, 5 Paul Lamb, 6 Mike Kennedy (0-1), 7 Sean Kelly, 8 Paddy McCullough (0-1), 9 Rory O’Connor, 10 Frankie Berry, 11 Eric Bradley (2-1), 12 Eoin Carew (0-2), 13 JC Connelly (0-1), 14 Graham Guilfoyle (0-3), 15 Ryan O’Hare (2-4). Subs: Sean Munnelly, Alan Carolan, Barry McGinn, Eoin Ward.
Armagh: 1 Alan Hearty, 2 Collie Fearon, 3 Patsy Martin, 4 Raymie Kane, 5 Ryan Stokes, 6 Aidan Morton, 7 Seamus McDaid, 8 Kevin McGeeney, 9 Brian Patton (0-1), 10 Kenny Cox (0-1), 11 Caolan Short, 12 Ronan Crilly, 13 Colm O’Hanlon (1-1), 14 Seamus Toner (0-2), 15 Richie Morgan (0-6). Subs: Gary Nugent, Liam Collins, Matthew Cartmill, Nick Reael, Shane Quinn, Chris Morton.
Man of the match: Eoghan Carew (Cavan).
Clifford the Man for Kingdom
Dublin 2-8 Kerry 1-14
SHANE Clifford was in inspired form for Kerry with a series of brilliant saves to keep his side in contention and then in front to get the victory on a busy day. He was given a lot to do by a rejuvenated Dublin side but was outstanding for the Kingdom.
Both sides decided to warm up on the same end of the Gaelic Park field which was reminiscent of Armagh and Tyrone in Ireland some years ago. Thankfully it was far quieter on this occasion.
Both teams gifted each other a free to start it a point a piece, with Dublin’s Andy Gray and Kerry’s Alan Fitzgerald splitting the honors.
The match grew as Kerry managed a soft goal when a shot by Thomas Lee dropped just shy of the bar and over the keeper’s head to put them in front, but the position was not secure as Dublin kept closing on goal.
If it weren’t for Clifford in the net it would have been a runaway for Dublin. He was called upon three times before finally halfway through the half.
The sides traded a pair before Kerry took to the races and scored six before the half to go in with a healthy 1-10 to 1-5. Fitzgerald had two while four different scorers had the others.
The second half was a much quieter affair, with a combination of strong defense and mistimed passes cutting back on the scoring.
Alan Fitzgerald tallied another, with help from Dermie Foley, Kevin Walsh and Eoin Hogan all putting points over.
Dublin countered with another onslaught on net, which only succeeded once when Declan Reilly was denied but quickly recovered his own rebound and finished on the second shot.
Dublin continued to attack with points from Marc Connolly and Nick McKeown, but it was not to be as the last three attacks were all broken up by a defiant Kerry fullback line and strong defensive work by the Kerry half forwards who found them winning loose balls in their own half.
Kerry was just about able to stay ahead and finished in front.
Best for Dublin were Andy Gray, Ciaran McHugh, Declan Reilly and Mark Connolly, while Kerry must hand it to their keeper Shane Clifford who was outstanding. John Curran, Padraig King, Thomas Lee and corner forward Alan Fitzgerald also had excellent outings.
Dublin: 1 Eoin Loughnane, 2 Colin Larkin, 3 Adam Keaney, 4 Aidan Roche, 5 Ger Grehan, 6 Philip Kennedy, 7 Ciaran McHugh (1-0), 8 Niall Coughlin, 9 Andy Gray (0-3), 10 Marc Connolly (0-1), 11 Peter Keaney, 12 Philip Kelly, 13 Mark McAllister (0-1), 14 Declan Reilly (1-1), 15 Nick McKeown (0-2).
Kerry: 1 Shane Clifford, 2 Paul Kelly, 3 Darren Courtney, 4 James Huvane, 5 Kieran Scannell, 6 Mike Nestor, 7 John Curran (0-2), 8 Robbie Moran (0-1), 9 Padraig King, 10 Eoin Hogan, 11 Tom Lee (1-0), 12 Ross Donovan (0-1), 13 Dermie Foley (0-3), 14 Kevin Walsh (0-2), 15 Alan Fitzgerald (0-5). Subs: CJ Molloy, Sean Purcell, Daniel Kennedy, Paul McGill.
Man of the match: Shane Clifford (Kerry).
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