Final hopes

The Kerry minor footballers are just one step away from a return to the All-Ireland Final at this level for the first time since 2020 when they take on Derry in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday afternoon in Cusack Park in Mullingar.

Manager Wayne Quillinan saw his side lose at the penultimate stage of the championship last year to another Ulster side, Monaghan. Quillinan is expecting a really tough test from the reigning champions Derry but he insists his team are ready for the challenge ahead.

“Derry have been All-Ireland favourites since day one, and rightly so. They’re in their 13th competitive game, we’re in our fifth, they haven’t been beaten in two years, they’ve nine of last year’s squad, including six starters. That, in itself, is a huge challenge.

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Shield success despite week of adversity

For the first time since 2017, Kerry brought home silverware from the Kennedy Cup, as they were crowned Shield Champions at the end of an exciting week of action in UL defeating North Dublin Schoolboys League 2-1 in last Friday’s decider.

It was a well earned reward for Kerry who had been left disappointed by the events of their opening day action in the group stage. They dug deep and after penalty drama in the last four, steely toughness upstairs saw them crowned champions.

It was a fitting way for Kerry to end a week that had plenty of incident but saw them end up with their first silverware from the event in seven years. They also won the Shield element of that year’s tournament. Overall it was an impressive display from the 21 players who journeyed to UL leaving with lasting memories and continuing the great growth of Kerry soccer in the process.

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