Dubs easily dispose of abject Kerry
Updated: Sunday, 10 Feb 2013 19:07
Dublin cruised past Kerry 1-11 to 0-04 Killarney as the Kingdom endured a second successive lacklustre performance in the Allianz League.
Dublin began brightly as they racked up an early 0-06 to 0-0 lead, with Bernard Brogan (0-04) and Paddy Andrews (0-02) scoring before Patrick Curtin opened Kerry's account. It was 0-08 to 0-02 at the break.
Despite Michael Darragh Macauley's sending off with 15 minute to go, Dublin remained a threat and Craig Dias netted from Brogan's sublime pass.
It was all Dublin in the opening quarter hour as they foraged into a 0-04 to 0-00 lead with two points apiece from the lively Brogan and Andrews.
Brogan landed another free before the Leinster champions would a goal chance had play been allowed to continue. But referee David Coldrick blew up and Brogan converted his third successful free.
Jim Gavin’s men could have run Kerry into the ground had they taken advantage of their dominance in the middle of the pitch with Anthony Maher and James Walsh non-existent for Kerry.
Another swift attack saw the ball being pumped into the full-forward line but Brendan Kealy came out on to gather on top of Andrews. It set up a swift counter attack that led to Curtin getting the home side on the scoreboard - 0-06 to 0-01.
Curtin had another chance for a Kerry score but he was crowded out and Brogan responded with a fine strike at the other end as Dublin maintained their stranglehold.
Curtin was Kerry's most lively attacker but again they were slow in picking up Dublin's clever movement and were wasteful with four wides in the first half.
As Diarmuid Connolly was on the ground receiving treatment, a quick one-two involving Macauley and Brogan saw the latter hitting his sixth point of the game. Dublin's most influential player got another point from play before the break.
Then the returning Tomás Ó Sé burst forward and a typical 60-yard run ended with a fine point from the ageless Kerry defender.
Kerry upped the tempo briefly but Dublin were more than equal to the task as they crowded James O'Donoghue out and cleared the ball downfield.
Peter Crowley was booked but Brogan missed the resulting free from 21 yards, although it appeared to go over the left upright.
Dublin were wasteful in the closing stages of the half and Andrews fired straight at Kealy when he bore down on goal. O’Donoghue pulled a shot wide for Kerry as they went in at half-time six points down.
Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice tried to change things up at the break. Andrews got his third point from play early in the second period, but O'Donoghue knocked over two frees for Kerry to eat into the Dubs’ advantage.
Midfielder Macauley was issued a straight red for an off-the-ball incident after 56, while Kerry substitute Kieran Donghy saw yellow for the same incident. Declan O'Sullivan was another player to pick up a yellow as the game went through a stop-start spell.
Despite being down to 14 men, Dublin increased their lead, first with a Philip Ryan point and then Brogan was the provider with a sublime ball to substitute Dias who rifled the ball past Kealy – 1-10 to 0-04.
Andrews might have scored a second Dublin goal, but once again he managed to shot straight at Kealy.
Brogan then opened his second half account with just minutes remaining when he shook off a challenge from Marc Ó Sé.
DUBLIN: S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O’Carroll, K O’Brien; D Daly, G Brennan, J McCaffrey; MD Macauley, Cian O'Sullivan; P Flynn, D Connolly, C Reddin; Tomás Brady, P Andrews, B Brogan.
Subs used: P Ryan for Connolly (27 mins), C Dias for Reddin (half-time), D Nelson for Daly (47), P Quinn for Flynn (67), D O'Mahony for Ryan (62).
KERRY: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O'Mahony, P Crowley; J Lyne, T Ó Sé, K Young; A Maher, J Walsh; M Geaney, Darran O'Sullivan, M O'Donoghue; J O'Donoghue, P Curtin, BJ Keane.
Subs used: Declan O'Sullivan for J Walsh, K Donaghy for Keane (both 40 mins), B Sheahan for M Geaney, BJ Walsh for M O'Donoghue (both 51), C Cox for Curtin (67).
Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)