Kerry join Dublin and Derry in All-Ireland MFC semi-finals

June 10, 2023

Kildare's Liam Kelly with Oisín Healy of Kerry ©INPHO/Ben Brady

Kerry booked their place in the last four of the All-Ireland minor football championship thanks to a 2-13 to 1-11 victory over Kildare at UMPC Nowlan Park.

Paddy Lane (1-7) and Ben Murphy supplied the second-half goals which proved key for the Kingdom, with the latter strike from Murphy coming in injury-time to seal the deal for the Munster side.

After a slow start, Harry Redmond’s 21st minute goal had Kildare up by a point but they’d still go in at the break trailing by 0-7 to 1-3 after points from Lane, Dara Hogan and James Hoare (free).

Joey Cunningham’s point got the Lilywhites level three minutes into the resumption but Kerry responded with a well-taken Lane goal and stretched their lead out to six from there ahead of Murphy smashing in a second for them late on.

The earlier game in Kilkenny saw Paddy Curry’s late goal snatching a 1-18 to 2-12 win for Dublin against Cork.

The Leinster champions trailed by six points early in the second-half in what was a thrilling quarter-final encounter, but they were able to claw it back and win out in dramatic fashion.

A penalty from Seán Coakley (1-5) helped Cork towards a 1-10 to 0-8 half-time lead but the Dubs went on to boss large portions of the second-half and, in the end, it was Curry’s goal in the seventh minute of injury-time that secured their semi-final berth.

In Carrick-on-Shannon, Derry were in dominant form as they saw off Galway by 1-13 to 0-4.

Eamon Young’s superb goal (see it below) on 15 minutes helped pave the path to victory for the Oak Leafers as they proved too strong for their out of sorts Connacht counterparts.

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