Date Time League Season
29 March 2024 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2024

Match Report

Kerry Draw Streak Continues

Four draws in a row for the Kingdom in the First Division as Kerry held Wexford to a 1-1 tie in an eventful game in Mounthawk Park this evening.

Kerry took the lead early through Sean O’Connell before Aaron Dobbs equalised for the away side early in the second half. Both sides had their chances and could’ve taken the points but the draw was a fair result on the basis of play. 

Wexford now return back to Ferrycarrig Park on Easter Monday to host Cork City whilst Kerry make their first trip to the capital to face UCD at the Belfield Bowl. 

After an extremely bright start from the home side who were dominating the ball but subject to half chances from Kelliher and Okwute, they got gifted the opener when Ben Lynch failed to clear his lines. 

Sean O’Connell intercepted his outlet pass at the corner of the box. The Kerry left-back took a touch out and found the bottom right-hand corner to give his side the lead after ten minutes. 

The stages after the goal were not very eventful, with the game becoming a bit stop-start after several injuries. Aaron Robinson clashed with Kevin Williams below the sideline and was withdrawn with a knock to the ankle area, replaced by Darragh Levingston. 

Meanwhile, Cian O’Malley and Samuel Aladesanusi came together in the box after a corner and caused the game to be halted for about four minutes as both received treatment. O’Malley continued for a couple of minutes but was unable to continue, with Kian Corbally replacing him, their second injury sub of the first half. 

Aladesanusi continued at the back for Kerry before also going down again just minutes before halftime, being replaced by Finn Barrett making his Kerry FC league debut. 

The hosts managed to stem the Wexford attack into the six minutes of added time before the break and get in ahead. James Keddy turned to his bench for the third time during the interval, bringing on Hanratty for Lovic, meaning all three players who were dropped from last week's starting XI in the win vs Bray were on the field for the second half. 

Wexford started the brighter of the two in the second half and found themselves back on level terms just three minutes into the half. Reece Webb picked up the ball on the right wing and delivered a delightful cross to the head of Aaron Dobbs who comfortably placed his header into the top left-hand corner. The Wexford striker picked up his fifth goal in three appearances at Mounthawk Park. 

Kerry had to respond and almost found themselves ahead once more three minutes after the equaliser when Ryan Kelliher's snapshot was saved well by Ryan Mason down to his right-hand side, the hosts pouncing on poor defence from the Wexford backline who were struggling to clear their lines. 

As the second half grew on the game was beginning to be played at a high tempo, and was proving entertaining for the high hundreds in attendance in a for-once dry Mounthawk Park.

Steven Healy moments before being subbed played a delightful through ball to Daniel Okwute who looked through on goal but good cover from captain Ethan Boyle pushed the winger wide meaning Okwute’s shot could only flash across the face of the Wexford net. 

With just under fifteen minutes on the clock, Conor McCarthy changed his side’s shape, turning to their more traditional 4-3-3 bringing on Udeze and Brosnan for Kos and Kelliher, in search of the winner. 

Aaron Dobbs and Thomas Oluwa each had half chances on the break from the Kerry pressure but Tuta rushed out to prevent both late on. 

Ben Lynch was shown his marching orders for taking down Daniel Okwute late into stoppage time, picking up his second yellow of the game, but with little time to capitalise, the ten men held on for a hard-earned point.

Kerry FC

1Antonio Tuta Goalkeeper
3Sean O’Connell Defender 11'
5Andy Spain Defender 70'
6Ethan Kos 17 Defender
7Seán McGrath Forward
9Ryan Kelliher 22 Forward
11Daniel Okwute Forward
14Steven Healy 8 Midfielder
15Kevin Williams Defender
18Samuel Aladesanusi 23 Defender 40'
21Daire McCarthy Midfielder
40Darragh Foley Goalkeeper
8Ronan Teahan 14 Midfielder
12Kennedy Amechi Forward
17Cian Brosnan 6 Forward
22Victor Udeze 9 Forward
23Finn Barrett 18 Defender
25Graham O’Reilly Midfielder
26Togor Silong Midfielder
31Cianan Cooney Forward

Wexford FC

21Owen Mason Goalkeeper
3Ben Lynch Midfielder 52'
4Cian O’Malley 8 Defender
5Ethan Boyle Defender 70'
6Aaron Robinson 2 Midfielder
7Mikie Rowe 19 Midfielder
9Thomas Oluwa Forward
10Aaron Dobbs Forward 49'
12Luka Lovic 11 Midfielder
13James Crawford 16 Defender
20Reece Webb Defender
1Alex Moody Goalkeeper
2Darragh Levingston 6 Midfielder 30'
8Kian Corbally 4 Midfielder
11Mark Hanratty 12 Midfielder
14Carl Lennox Defender
15Kaylem Harnett Midfielder
16Brandon McCann 13 Midfielder
19Cian Curtis 7 Forward
24Robbie O’Toole Forward


Mounthawk Park
Mounthawk Park, Tralee Rural ED, Tralee, County Kerry, Munster, Ireland

26-year-old TV, Radio, and New Media graduate from MTU Kerry based in the Kingdom with a passion for a variety of sports.