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Kerry Minor Hurlers in All Ireland Semi Final 2016-07-29 20:20:00

Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor B Hurling ChampionshipQuarter Final
Kerry 2-20 Kildare 2-10

A tremendous second half display when playing against the strong wind, during which they outscored their rivals by 1-13 to 4 points, saw Kerry clinch a semi final place in the All Ireland Minor B Championship at Austin Stack Park today. Kerry looked like they were facing an uphill battle at the break when, having played with the wind, they trailed to a physically stronger Kildare side by two points, however, the moving of Barry O’Mahony to midfield and the placing of Shane Conway on the “40”, settled Kerry in the second half.

It was score for score early on before a long free by Shane Conway deceived Kildare keeper Jeff Keane and ended up in the net to give Kerry a boost, however, nine minutes later Kildare corner forward Shane Ryan raced through the Kerry defence and planted the ball in the net and two pointed frees from James Burke had Kildare leading by 1-5 to 1-3 by the 18th minute. Kerry responded well with four points on the trot from Shane Conway, the O’Mahonys, Barry and Padraig and Maurice O’Connor to retake the lead but Kildare finished the half strongly as Shane Ryan scored his second goal and Shane Burke pointed a free to leave the Lilywhites leading by 2-6 to 1-7 at the break.

The sides swapped two points apiece on the restart but then Shane Conway pointed three successive frees for Kerry to retake the lead by the end of the third quarter. By now Kerry were running at the visitor’s defence to very good effect and Kildare were reduced to 14 men soon after. Kerry took over from there to the end hitting 1-3 without reply, the goal coming from Eric Leen, and with Conway picking off scores at will, Kerry cruised to comfortable ten points victory, something that could not have been anticipated at the interval.

Scorers for Kerry
: S Conway (1-8, 0-6 frees), E Leen (1-1), B O’Mahony (0-4, 0-2frees), C Sheehy, P O’Mahony and M O Connor (0-2 each), D Goulding (0-1).
Kildare: J Burke (0-8, 5 frees, 2 ‘65’s), S Ryan (2-1), C Doyle (0-1)
KERRY: A O’Sullivan; P Maunsell, L Mullins, E Murphy; D Behan, C O’Keeffe, G Fennessy ; S Conway, C Galway; C Sheehy, E Leen, P O’Mahony; M McCarthy, B O’Mahony, M O’Connor.
Subs: T Quinlan for D Behan (h/t), D Goulding for M McCarthy (43), G Carey for C Galway (50), J McKenna for C Sheehy (60)

KILDARE: J Keane; B Giffney, R Hogan, A Deegan; S Leacy, P Mortell, C O’Sullivan; C Smith, S Mac Donncha; J Burke, A Kelly, C Tobin; C Kielty, C O’Regan, S Ryan.
Subs: A Doran for P Mortell (14), C Doyle for C O Regan (h/t), M Moloney for C Tobin (46), K Aherne for C Kielty (46), P Hogan for S Mac Donnacha (57)


Kerry Minor Hurling Team V Kildare
Electric Ireland Minor Hurling B Championship Quarter Final

The Kerry Minor Hurling Team to play Kildare in the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling B Championship Quarter Final at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on this Saturday at 2:30pm is as follows:

1 Adam O’Sullivan Crotta O’Neills
2 Philip Maunsell Kilmoyley
3 Liam Mullins Lixnaw
4 Evan Murphy Causeway
5 Darragh Behan Crotta O’Neills
6 Conor O’Keeffe Lixnaw
7 Gearoíd Fennessy Kilgarvan
8 Shane Conway (C) Lixnaw
9 Conor Galwey Ballyheigue
10 Coilin Sheehy Lixnaw
11 Eric Leen St Brendans
12 Padraig O’Mahony St Brendans
13 Micheál McCarthy Kenmare
14 Barry O’Mahony Crotta O’Neills
15 Maurice O’Connor Kilmoyley
Fir Ionaid:
16 Robert Silles Lixnaw
17 Thomas Quinlan Crotta O’Neills
18 Darragh Goulding Ballyduff
19 Shane O’Mahony St Brendans
20 Jeaic McKenna Crotta O’Neills
21 Gary Carey Causeway
22 Ciarán Breen Tralee Parnells
23 Adrian Nolan St Brendans
24 Gerard Leen Causeway

Additional Panel Members:
25 Brandon Conway Crotta O’Neills
26 Jack O’Sullivan Ballyduff
27 Chris Creedon Kilgarvan
28 Sean O’Donoghue Crotta O’Neills
29 Geroid O’Mahony Causeway
30 Nial O’Mahony Abbeydorney
31 Bryan McAuliffe Lixnaw
32 Fionán Mackessy St Brendans

John Hennessy (Ballyduff)
Jerome O’Sullivan (Crotta O’Neills), Eamonn Fitzgearld (Causeway), John Healy (Ballyheigue).
Treánalaí: John Barry (St Senans)