Kerry overcame the concession of an early goal to qualify for the decider on August 5th by beating Leitrim 1-16 to 1-9. The Final will see them go up against Meath, who beat Kilkenny 2-19 to 2-8.
After Conor Cox had pointed the Kingdom in front Leitrim had their first score, a goal, in the third minute. The next score was a 7th minute Kerry goal courtesy of Tomas O’Se. That was followed by 7 unanswered Kingdom points before Leitrim got their first point of the day in the 23rd minute. That closed the first half scoring, with Kerry ahead 1-8 to 1-1 at the short whistle.
Kerry had just one point in the opening 12 minutes of the second period, after which the score stood at 1-9 to 1-3. The Kingdom then hit 4 in a row as they increased the gap to 10 by the 49th minute. Kerry’s next point did not arrive until the 60th minute while Leitrim had 5 in a row in that duration.
The Kingdom prevailed by 7 in the end and are now one step away from the 3 in a row.
Seamus Quinn, Leitrim Manager