It’s a cruise for Kerry in easy triumph over Cavan
Cavan 0-9 Kerry 0-15: Kerry booked their place in the last four of the All-Ireland race with the minimum of fuss when they saw off an out-classed Cavan by 0-15 to 0-9 in Croke Park.
The Kingdom led by 0-11 to 0-2 at the break and although Cavan, with the wind, made a game of it, they never looked remotely close to recording an upset.
The first half was a procession, Kerry totally dominating from the off.
Cavan showed no composure on their rare breaks forward, allowing the Kingdom to run up a 0-11 to 0-2 interval advantage.
Cavan opened the scoring with a sweet left-footed point from Martin Dunne but Kerry seized control.
A Donnchadh Walsh point in the sixth minute tied matters before Johnny Buckley added two frees and a 45 to make it 0-3 to 0-1.
Eamon Fitzmaurice's men were cutting through for goal chances at will. A Colm Cooper free made it 0-5 to 0-1 and a lovely score on the overlap by Walsh extended the advantage.
A Declan O'Sullivan point, via the upright, and one from Donaghy, after comical Cavan defending, extended Kerry's lead to seven and when ‘the Gooch’ knocked over a free just before the break, a rout appeared likely.
In fairness to Cavan, they showed some guts in response; a great run from Cian Mackey was rewarded with a nice point from David Givney, but it made little difference at this stage.
Cavan were devoid of ideas going forward and although they replaced defender Ronan Flanagan with a forward, Niall McDermott, it made little difference as Kerry went in 0-11 to 0-2 ahead at the break.
The sub made a quick impact, winning a free and converting it himself to cut the gap to eight two minutes into the second half but Kerry were far from rattled, even though David Givney did fire over a point shortly afterwards.
Kerry just found it so much easier to notch scores — here Cavan seemed to have to work and work, the Kingdom were able to stroll up and fire one over at their ease.
A 45 from Martin Reilly cut the gap to seven, 0-12 to 0-5, with 26 minutes remaining but the Ulster men needed goals and never looked likely.
McDermott slotted over a good point but points from David Moran and Donnchadh Walsh extended Kerry's lead.
Eugene Keating added two long-range frees for Cavan who, with the wind, seemed to lack the belief to really go at Kerry.
A great point from Mackey was cancelled out by a handy score from ‘the Gooch’ as Kerry ran out comfortable winners.
Cavan: Alan O'Mara, Tomás Corr, Rory Dunne, Killian Clarke, Jason McLoughlin, Alan Clarke, Ronan Flanagan, Damien O'Reilly, David Givney (0-1), Cian Mackey (0-1), Dara McVeety, Feargal Flanagan, Martin Reilly (0-1, 45), Martin Dunne (0-1), Eugene Keating (0-2f). Subs: Niall McDermott (0-3, 2f) for R Flanagan (35 mins), Michael Argue for Corr (43), Jack Brady for M Dunne (49), James McEnroe for Givney (58), Kevin Tierney for Keating (68)
Kerry: Brendan Kealy, Fionn Fitzgerald, Marc Ó Sé, Shane Enright, Tomás Ó Sé, Killian Young, Peter Crowley, David Moran (0-1), Johnny Buckley (0-3, 1f, 2 45), Paul Galvin, Colm Cooper (0-6, 5f), Donnchadh Walsh (0-3), Declan O'Sullivan (0-1), Kieran Donaghy (0-1), Darran O'Sullivan. Subs: Paul Geaney for Donaghy (49 mins), Kieran O'Leary for Walsh (52), Patrick Curtin for Darran O'Sullivan (59), Eoin Brosnan for Young (61), Michael Geaney for Galvin (66).
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