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LSHC : Round Robin -Westmeath 1-18 Kerry 1-13 2016-05-07 21:15:00

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin
Westmeath 1-18 Kerry 1-13
Courtesy of GAA.ie

Kerry were brought back to earth with a comprehensive five-point defeat to Westmeath in Tralee which means they must go to Offaly in two weeks and not be beaten if they are to advance further in the Leinster Championship.
Improvement was needed on last week’s historic win over Carlow, but Kerry simply couldn’t raise their game enough to compete with a Westmeath team hurling with great skill and confidence.

The visitors showed that their comprehensive 14-point win over Offaly a week earlier was no flash in the pan result as they came to Tralee and gave Kerry a hurling lesson on a wet pitch.
Having been four points down at half time, Westmeath outscored Kerry 1-11 to 0-5 in the second half, with Derek McNicholas’ 46th minute goal being the pivotal score.
That gave Westmeath the lead for the first time since they opened the scoring in the second minute, and they never looked back against a Kerry team devoid of energy and ideas for most of this contest.

The first half was a curious affair with Westmeath playing the better hurling, but Kerry still enjoyed a four-point lead at the interval, somewhat against the run of play.
With Cormac Boyle, Robbie Greville, and Niall O’Brien lending pace and creativity up front Westmeath impressed, but they couldn’t quite convert that dominance into a lead on the scoreboard.
Eoin Price got Westmeath off the mark in the second minute, but Kerry responded with two Shane Nolan converted frees and a John Egan score to nudge ahead.
Liam Varley got Westmeath’s second point after 10 minutes, but Kerry, a little against the run of play, engineered a goal. Michael O’Leary did the spade work to get the ball to Mikey Boyle, who scooped it to the net past a flat-footed Westmeath defence.
Kerry’s doggedness deserved that much, but Westmeath were simply hurling better and points from McNicholas, Alan Devine, Niall O’Brien, and Cormac Boyle brought Westmeath back level, 0-6 to 1-3, by the 19th minute.
Unanswered Westmeath points from Eoin Price, Niall O’Brien, and Cormac Boyle (2) levelled it, 1-8 to 0-11, by the 41st minute, but then McNicholas took Aaron Craig’s long delivery and drove his shot low past Aidan McCabe.
The goal put Westmeath two ahead but their confidence was rising and they saw out the game easy enough, with the ever influential McNicholas scoring two more from play and Tommy Doyle giving a masterclass at full back.
Kerry’s woes were compounded by a 75th minute red card for Mikey Boyle for an off the ball incident, and his loss could be costly against Offaly in a fortnight.

Scorers for Westmeath: D McNicholas 1-3, N O’Brien 0-5 (4fs), C Boyle 0-3, E Price 0-2, A Devine 0-1, R Greville 0-1, L Varley 0-1, A Clarke 0-1, B Murtagh 0-1.
Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan 0-4 (4fs), M Boyle 1-1, J Goulding 0-2, P Lucid 0-2(2fs), B O’Leary 0-2, J Egan 0-1, B Barrett 0-1.

Westmeath: P Maloney; S Power, T Doyle, T Gallagher; A Craig, G Greville, A Clark;, C Boyle, E Price; A Devine, D McNicholas, R Greville; L Varley, D Egerton, N O’Brien. Subs: N Mitchell for Gallagher (25), B Murtagh for Egerton (59), D Clinton for Price (70), C Shaw for Power (70), A McGrath for McNicholas (70).
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 Goulding, M Boyle, J Egan. Subs: P Lucid for Nolan (HT), J Conway for M O’Leary (46), T Casey for J Griffin (55), B Barrett for Goulding (60), J Buckley for Collins (65).
Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow).

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin Group - Round 2

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Westmeath in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin Group, Round 2, at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Saturday next  (3pm)  shows just one  change in personnel from the side that defeated Carlow  in Round 1. Brendan O’Leary replaces Colum Harty in the half forward line – O’Leary replaced the injured Harty, who is named among the subs, early in the game against Carlow.

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        Jack Goulding             Ballyduff

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        Jordan Conway          Crotta O’Neills

22        Dougie Fitzelle           Kilmoyley

23        Colum Harty               Causeway

24        Philip Lucid                Ballyheigue

25        James O’Connor         Abbeydorney

26        Brandon Barrett           Causeway


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

Mike Milner                Dr Crokes

Rory Horgan               St Brendans

Stephen Murphy         Causeway

Fionan Horgan            St Brendans

Joseph Diggins            Causeway


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

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin Group
Kerry 2-19 Carlow0-17

Kerry made a winning start to their Leinster SHC Round Robin Group at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park this afternoon but it was by no means a vintage display by the homeside who did not really get going until they got the cushion of a second goal seven minutes into the second half. Still, Manager Ciarán Carey was happy enough with the display afterwards given , as he pointed out, that Kerry had not a competitive game in four weeks. Kerry were sluggish throughout the first half but in fairness to Carlow, they certainly did not come to Tralee to enjoy the scenery.

Carlow had first use of the fresh wind and had the first score from Jack Kavanagh but Kerry responded with four unanswered points by the 7th minute all from different players. The visitors fought back to level the game by the 13th minute with Martin Kavanagh accurate from frees, but then John Egan struck for a Kerry Goal after good work by Colum Harty. Carlow’s cause was not helped by their inaccuracy in front of goal – they shot 13 wides in the first half alone – but with Kavanagh converting the frees on offer they managed to be just two points adrift at the break 1-6 to 0-7 – Jack Goulding getting a fine 6th point for Kerry.

Kerry no doubt, got a good dressing down from Ciarán Carey at the break and responded in a more determined fashion with their first touch improving no end. Shane Nolan and Richard Kelly exchanged points before Shane Nolan kicked a loose ball to the net in the 42nd minute to give Kerry breathing space at last. Good scores from Jhon Egan, and John Griffin followed and Kerry were 2-10 to 0-10 clear by the 50th minute. Jordan Conway scored the first of two class points and Michael O’Leary added another as Martin Kavanagh kept the scoreboard ticking for Carlow from frees. Jack Goulding, Darren Dineen from a 90 yards free, John Griffin and Conway’s second put Kerry 2-16 to 0-12 clear by the 61st minute and thereafter it was a case of what Kerry would win by as Egan, Griffin and Mikey Boyle added to the Kingdom’s tally.
Westmeath’s shock 2-22 to 1-11 victory over Offaly will not have gone unnoticed in the Kingdom as they prepare for a meeting with the midlanders in Austin Stack Park on Saturday next (3pm).

Teams and Scorers:

Kerry: Shane Nolan (1-4, 0-3f), John Egan (1-3), John Griffin (0-3), Mikey Boyle, Jack Goulding, Jordan Conway (0-2) each, Daniel Collins, Michael O’Leary and Darren Dineen (Fr) (0-1) each.
Carlow: Martin Kavanagh (0-8, 6f), John Michael Nolan (0-2), Jack Kavanagh (0-1), Richard Kelly (0-1), Seamus Murphy (0-1), Sean Murphy (0-1), James Doyle (0-1f), Conor Lawlor (0-1), Hugh Paddy O’Byrne (0-1)
Kerry: Aidan McCabe, Bryan Murphy, Patrick Kelly, Keith Carmody, Jason Diggins, Darren Dineen, Tom Murnane, John Griffin, Daniel Collins, Colum Harty, Michael O’Leary, Shane Nolan, Jack Goulding, Mikey Boyle, John Egan. Subs: Brendan O’Leary for C Harty (inj, 18 min), Jordan Conway for S Nolan (46 min), James O’Connor for B O’Leary (67 min), Brandon Barrett for J Goulding (67 mins), Dougie Fitzelle for B Murphy (69 mins)
Carlow: Brian Treacy, Ger Coady, Michael Ryan, Alan Corcoran, Diarmuid Byrne, Richard Coady, James O’Hara, Jack Kavanagh, Richard Kelly, Sean Murphy, Martin Kavanagh, Kevin McDonald, Seamus Murphy, James Doyle, John Michael Nolan. Subs: Ross Smithers for J Kavanagh (inj, 23 mins), Hugh Paddy O’Byrne for S Murphy (50 min), 18. Conor Lawlor for K McDonald (69 min)
Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

Kerry Senior Hurling Team V Carlow

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin Series Round 1

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Carlow in the  Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin Group,  Round 1,  at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday next  (1pm)  shows two changes in personnel from the side that defeated Laois in the Allianz Hurling League Playoff – Colum Harty comes into the half forward line instead of Brendan O’Leary and Jack Goulding starts in the corner instead of Jordan Conway.

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. Colum Harty Causeway

11. Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney

12. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

13. Jack Goulding Ballyduff

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. Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills

22. Dougie Fitzelle Kilmoyley

23. Brendan  O’Leary Abbeydorney

24. Philip Lucid Ballyheigue

25. James O’Connor Abbeydorney

26. Brandon Barrett Causeway


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

Mike Milner Dr Crokes

Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

Rory Horgan St Brendans

Stephen Murphy Causeway

Fionan Horgan St Brendans

Joseph Diggins Causeway

Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

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