Kerry had little ideas to try and battle back. The long ball worked for a period, but too often they kicked or hand passed the ball to the opposition.
Shane Clifford, Kevin Walsh and CJ Molloy were the few who kept battling. Dermot Lyng could not be criticized; he went straight from hurling to football.
Kerry: 1 Shane Clifford, 2 Darren Courtney, 3 Anthony Glacken, 4 Niall Corbett, 5 Eoghan O’Mahoney, 6 Kieran Quirke, 7 Jonathon Lynne, 8 Mike Jim Fitzgerald, 9 Ambrose O’Donavan, 10 Kevin Walsh (1-1), 11 Dermot Lyng, 12 Ross Donavan, 13 Alan O’Donaghue, 14 CJ Molloy (0-1), 15 Barry John Walsh (0-6).
Armagh: 1 Alan Hearty, 2 Stewart Stokes, 3 Patsy Martin, 4 Brian Rodgers, 5 Caolan Short (0-1), 6 Eddie Greenan, 7 Karl McAvery, 8 James Donnelly (0-1), 9 Steve Sheridan (0-2), 10 Kevin McGeeney (0-1), 11 Kevin Rodgers (0-2), 12 Alan McAvery (0-2), 13 Ciaran Conlon (2-4), 14 Brian Murphy, 15 Kyle Carragher (0-3). Subs Collie Fearan.
Man of the match: Ciaran Conlon (Armagh).
Referee: Paddy Gormley.
Astoria Wins Battle of Gaels
Astoria Gaels 3-10
Brooklyn/Long Island 1-11
Astoria Gaels used an excellent second half when they outscored their opponents 2-6 to 1-6 and extended a halftime lead to get the win in this intermediate football encounter.
With Pakie Downey, the former Down player, in top form, he set up two goals and scored a couple of points, and Astoria was able to stay ahead of a game B/LI side.
B/LI had the first score of the game, a point from the boot of Sean Murtagh. They also had a clear-cut goal chance, but Declan McAleer shot wide from 14 yards out.
Astoria had the next two scores but they was somewhat against the run of play. Downey had a point from a distance, a gem which was followed by a Shane Sweeney goal. Sam Yore did the spade work but the finish was clinical.
It was all B/LI in the next 10 minutes. They had four points from four different players and were moving the ball extremely well across the field. But for a good defensive stop by James O’Brien, it could have been more.
Astoria did settle down as the half came to a close, and they were able to regain the lead with a trifecta of points. Sweeney had the first, a screamer that he certainly would have enjoyed if it stayed low.
As it was Astoria had a 1-4 to 0-5 interval advantage.
Astoria added to their total with a quick two point burst in the opening minutes of the second half. Brooklyn had a point in reply before Pa Ryan had a good save on Paudie Poland.
Astoria took the reprieve and moved the ball to the other end of the field where they rattled the net when Downey set up Seamus Kelly.
The sides split four points as the game entered the last quarter when Poland made it very interesting. He was picked out by Ryan Jones with a long pass after Sean Murtagh did good work; Poland blasted the ball to the roof of the net.
Darren Moore added a point from play and the scoreline was now Astoria 2-8 Brooklyn 1-9.
The winners reacted in the best way possible. They moved the ball up the field with Kelly and Downey involved before Liam Farrell found the net.
Robbie Mora had two points from frees when Downey was fouled, and the side was able to withstand two points at the pother end to cruise to the victory.
For Astoria, Pa Ryan made some very vital stops and is in excellent form at the moment. Joe Skully, Sean McQueeney and Sean Kelly all had good moments in the back.
Robbie Moran had a very good second half, with Brian Gerathey gathering a lot of ball after his early introduction. Shane Sweeney, Sean Munnelly, who played as an extra defender, and the brilliant Downey were others to perform.
B/LI will look at the displays of Tom Boyle, John McGrory, Sean Murtagh and Darren Moore as their best.
Astoria Gaels: 1 Pa Ryan, 2 Des White, 3 Fergal Murphy, 4 Joe Scully, 5 Sean McQueeney, 6 Sean Kelly, 7 James O’Brien, 8 Robbie Moran (0-5), 9 Sam Yore, 10 Derek McKenna (0-1), 11 Shane Sweeney (1-1), 12 Sean Munnelly, 13 Nester Allen, 14 Pakie Downey (0-2), 15 Mark Dobbins. Subs: Liam Farrell (1-0), Seamus Kelly (1-1), Brian Geraghty.
Brooklyn/Long Island: 1 Gavin Dwyer, 2 Tom Boyle, 3 Paudie O’Rourke, 4 Donal McKeown, 5 Bobby McGee, 6 John McGrory, 7 Caoimhin O’Callaghan (0-1), 8 Eamonn Toner, 9 Ryan Jones (0-2), 10 James Connolly, 11 Sean Murtagh (0-3), 12 Declan McAleer, 13 Paudie Poland (1-1), 14 Gary Moore, 15 Darren Moore (0-4).
Man of the match: Pakie Downey (Astoria Gaels).
Referee: Tommy Fahey.