Kerry SFC final replay: Donaghy the destroyer as Stacks end wait

November 02, 2014

Austin Stacks' Kieran Donaghy and Fergal Griffin of Mid Kerry

Austin Stacks 2-13

Mid Kerry 1-7

Kieran Donaghy turned in a man of the match performance as Austin Stacks claimed their first Bishop Moynihan Cup in 20 years with a nine-point victory over Mid Kerry in today's replay at Fitzgerald Stadium.

The veteran Kerry star rounded off a memorable couple of months by scoring 1-2 and also winning the penalty which yielded Stacks' second goal. Donaghy struck the opening goal in the eighth minute as the Tralee side stromed into an early 1-3 to 0-0 lead. Seven minutes later, he was taken down for a penalty by Mid Kerry goalkeeper Michael Moriarty which wing back Pat McCarthy converted to extend the winners' advantage.

Gavan O'Grady responded with a brace of points for the shell-shocked divisional side who retired at the break trailing by 0-3 to 2-7.

Stacks continued to dictate proceedings in a second half which saw free-taker Shane Carroll bring his tally to 0-5. O'Grady, who finished as the game's top-scorer with 1-4, grabbed a late consolation goal for a well beaten Mid Kerry outfit.

The black and ambers, after a trio of county final defeats in 2001, 2010 and 2013 (when Dr Crokes hammered them by 16 points), can now look forward to a Munster club SFC semi-final against first-time Cork champions Ballincollig in two weeks' time.

Austin Stacks - D O'Brien; J Dennis, F McNamara, R Shanahan; P McCarthy (1-1, 1-0pen), B Shanahan, D McElligott; W Guthrie, G Horan; S O'Callaghan (0-1), S Carroll (0-5, 4f), D Bohan; D O'Brien, K Donaghy (1-2), M Collins (0-2). Subs: D Mannix (0-1) for D O'Brien, C Jordan for R Shanahan, F Mangan for D Bohan, W Kirby for G Horan, D Long (0-1) for M Collins, C O'Connell for P McCarthy.

Mid Kerry - M Moriarty; P Kilkenny, F Griffin, G Hartnett; A Cahillane, R Murphy, Danny O'Sullivan; C McGillicuddy, T Ladden; G Sayers, L Carey (0-1), D Walsh; G O'Grady (1-4, 0-3f, 1'45), Darran O'Sullivan, K Courtney. Subs: R O'Connor for Moriarty (BC), M Burke for C McGillicuddy, S O'Sullivan (0-2) for G Sayers, J Hoare for R Murphy, F Hallissey for K Courtney, J Long for M Burke.

Referee - P O'Sullivan.

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