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Kerry Hurlers Retain Div 1 Status 2016-04-02 20:50:00

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Relegation Playoff
Kerry Retain Division 1 Status
By Ivan Hurley

Kerry 2-27 Laois 1-19
The battle to avoid relegation from Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League took place in perfect conditions this evening in Tralee. Kerry,on the back of a fantastic win against Offaly in Birr, played Laois who ran a very strong Wexford team close in the final group games.
There was one change on the Laois team before throw in, as Pauric Lalor made way for Tom Delaney.
The game started off very lively with both teams having a fair share of possession. After 5 minutes of play, Kerry were leading by 3 points to 2, Shane Nolan and Michael O’Leary with early scores. Bryan Murphy looked impressive in the Kerry full back line early on in the game. In the 9th minute, Laois scored the first goal of the game. A high ball was dropped into the large rectangle, where Stephen Maher found himself in space and hit a low shot past Aidan McCabe. Kerry were back in the lead 3 minutes later after points from Michael O’Leary, Brendan O’Leary and John Griffin respectively. After another score from Laois, Kerry moved up a gear and scored a few unanswered points. Kerry seemed unfazed by a near goal chance for Laois on the 20th minute and kept their scores coming. Shane Nolan was strong with the placed ball and he kept the Kerry scoreboard ticking over. Another dropping ball for Laois was well dealt with the Kerry defence and one last effort from Shane Nolan left the score at half time; Kerry 17 points to Laois 1-8.

Kerry introduced Jack Goulding for Jordan Conway in the corner forward position and his presence was made known almost immediately, with his first touch resulting in a great score for the Ballyduff man. Laois got a few good scores of their own in the first few minutes and narrowed the margin to 5 points. Kerry’s first goal came in the 39th minute through John Egan. The number 15 took the ball well out of the sky and with one turn, buried it past Enda Rowland in the Laois goal. Laois responded well to the Kerry goal, scoring 4 unanswered points with Charles Dwyer and Stephen Maher getting themselves on the Laois scoresheet. Kerry never looked like backing down and Shane Nolan remained accurate from the dead ball. A turning point came in the game on the 46th minute, when Willie Dunphy was sent off on the Laois team soon to be followed by Ross King. As the game entered the 3rd quarter, Kerry started to pull ahead. Mickey Boyle had a fantastic game as number 14 on the Kerry side and had his fair share of scores. With 10 minutes remaining, Shane Nolan showed class and followed up on a deflected ball to score a fantastic goal for the Kingdom. The score now read 2-24 to 1-17. Kerry showed no let-up in resistance and continued to put pressure on the Laois backline. Kerry’s final flurry of scores came from the hurls of Egan and Colum Harty. Laois had their full forward Willie Hyland sent off in the closing minutes to add to what was already a poor day for the Leinster outfit. 

All in all it was a great performance from the Kerry hurlers which seems them stay in Division 1 hurling for another year.
Full time score in Austin Stack Park, Tralee was Kerry 2-27 Laois 1-19
Scorers: Kerry: Shane Nolan 1-8 (6fs), John Egan 1-6, Michael O'Leary 0-4, John Griffin, Brendan O'Leary, Mikey Boyle and Jack Goulding 0-2 each, Colum Harty 0-1. Laois: PJ Scully 0-8 (4f, 65), S Maher 1-1, C Dwyer 0-3, W Hyland, C Healy 0-2 each, P Purcell, W Dunphy, E Rowland (f) 0-1 each.
Kerry: A McCabe; B Murphy, P Kelly, K Carmody; J Diggins, D Dineen, T Murnane; J Griffin, D Collins; B O'Leary, M O'Leary, S Nolan; J Conway, M Boyle, J Egan. Subs: J Goulding for Conway (ht), T Casey for Collins (44), C Harty for B O'Leary (56), J O'Connor for Egan (65).
Laois: E Rowland; D Maher, R Mullaney, C Healy; L Bergin, M Whelan, T Delaney; P Purcell, C Stapleton; W Hyland, C Dwyer, J Lennon; W Dunphy, S Maher, PJ Scully. Subs: N Foyle for Whelan (22, inj), J Phelan for Delaney (44), R King for Lennon (46), B Reddin for Bergin (67).
Referee: Sean Cleere (Kilkenny).

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Kerry Senior Hurling Team V Laois – Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Relegation Playoff

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Laois in the Allianz Hurling League Div 1B Relegation Playoff at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Saturday (5pm) shows one change in personnel from the side that surprised Offaly in Round 5 with Shane Nolan coming into the half forward line instead of John Buckley.

The team captained by Daniel Collins of Kilmoyley lines out as follows:
1 Aidan McCabe Kilmoyley
2 Bryan Murphy Causeway
3 Patrick Kelly Clarecastle
4 Keith Carmody Causeway
5 Jason Diggins Causeway
6 Darren Dineen St Brendans
7 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley
8 John Griffin Lixnaw
9 Daniel Collins (C) Kilmoyley
10 Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney
11 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney
12 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills
13 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills
14 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
15 John Egan St Brendans
Fir Ionaid:
16 Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw
17 Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw
18 John Buckley Lixnaw
19 Tommy Casey Causeway
20 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
21 Dougie Fitzelle Kilmoyley
22 Jack Goulding Ballyduff
23 Colum Harty Causeway
24 Philip Lucid Ballyheigue
25 James O’Connor Abbeydorney
26 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills
Bainisteoir: Ciaran Carey (Patrickswell)

Coach/Selector: Mark Foley (Adare)

Treanálaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)

Róghnoirí: James McCarthy (Kilmoyley), Michael Conway (Lixnaw)

Additional Players on Panel

Darragh Shanahan Kilmoyley
Jordon Brick Kilmoyley
P J Keane Abbeydorney
Gerard Stackpoole Lixnaw
Mike Milner Dr Crokes
Mike Milner Dr Crokes

The Ballyduff pair, Paud Costelloe and Padraig Boyle, are rehabbing from injury.

Kerry and Laois meet in Austin Stack Park Division 1B showdown

All hurling followers are looking forward to this Saturday evening, 2nd April when Kerry take on Laois at Austin Stack Park in the Allianz hurling league Division 1B relegation play-off. The game has a 5.00p.m. throw in.

Admission on the day costs €15 but it is available at a reduced price of €10 if purchased online on www.gaa.ie , from the Kerry GAA offices in Austin Stack Park, from the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlook Centre in Killarney or at participating Centra or Supervalu stores around the county up to midnight on Friday. Students and OAP admission is €10 on production of valid ID and Under 16s are free.