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Kerry Play Kildare in Christy Ring Semi Final 2015-05-09 23:51:00

The Christy Ring Cup Round 2

Kerry 1-23 Meath 2-18

Kerry overturned a four points half time deficit to defeat a lively Meath side with a much improved second half performance at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park this afternoon. Despite getting off to the worst possible start when conceding a goal after just 55 seconds, Meath took the game to the home-side for three quarters of this game played in brilliant sunshine, but once Kerry got back on level terms in the 57th minute the men in from The Kingdom  justified their favourites tag despite getting a late scare when Meath goaled in the final moments to leave just two points between the sides.

Kerry had made the perfect start when Shane Nolan set up Colm Harty for that early goal but Meath hit back with 4 points to 1 in return to be on level terms 1-1 to 0-4 by the 10th minute. The sides swapped points twice in the next 10 but then after James Logue had saved well from Alan Douglas the Referee called back play and awarded a penalty to Meath which ace marksman Jack Regan converted after a valiant effort at saving by James Logue. Kerry responded well with good points from Egan and Nolan from play but with Regan proving very accurate from both play and frees, Meath led by three points by the 30th minute (1-11 to 1-8). Sub. Davy Butler almost had a goal for Kerry in the 32nd minute but points from Regan and Toher either side of a Butler point saw the visitors take a deserved lead of 1-13 to 1-9 to the half time break.

Kerry upped the tempo on the resumption with Sean Weir pointing soon after the restart but despite two pointed frees from Shane Nolan the two Jacks, Fagan and Regan, replied for Meath who still led by three ten minutes into the new half. Nolan and Padraig Boyle had the lead down to one soon after but Meath were proving a difficult nut to crack and kept responding to Kerry scores mainly through Jack Regan who also pointed a sideline cut in the 50th minute.  Kerry then began to thunder into the game scoring five points in as many minutes - Colm Harty had a shot well saved by Shane McCann for a “65” which Nolan pointed and further points from Rory Horgan and Nolan again had the sides level on 1-18 each with 13 minutes to go. Nolan and Padraig Boyle (after another fine save from McCann)added to Kerry’s tally during that five minute scoring spell  and further points from Nolan, Daniel Collins and John O’Neill (the 4th Kerry sub to get on the score-sheet) had Kerry five clear before Willie McGrath cut in for a fine individual goal for Meath in the final action of the game.

So Kerry are into the semi finals on May 30th while Meath await the draw for the quarter finals which are being made on May 17th or 18th.

Scorers: Kerry; Shane Nolan 0-12 (0-10 frees), Colm Harty 1-0, Padraig Boyle 0-3, John Egan 0-2, Mikey Boyle, Daniel Collins, John O’Neill, David Butler, Rory Horgan and Sean Weir 0-1 each.

Meath: Jack Regan 1-1 (1-6 frees,  0-1 “65”, 0-1 sideline), Willie McGrath 1-3, Jack Fagan 0-2, James Toher and Michael Burke 0-1 each.

Kerry lined out with one change to the team named – Philip Lucid replacing John O’Neill at the start.

Subs: David Butler for Lucid, Sean Weir for Royle, Rory Horgan for Bryan Murphy, John O’Neill for Harty and Jamess Flaherty for P. Boyle.

Referee: Declan O’Driscoll (Limerick)

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Kerry Senior Hurling Team V Meath Christy Ring Cup Round 2

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Meath in the Christy Ring Cup Round 2 in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Saturday (12.30pm) shows 4 personnel changes and a number of positional changes from the side that defeated Down last weekend.

In goals, James Logue (Ballingarry) replaces Stephen Murphy.

Bryan Murphy (Causeway) is fit again and resumes at right corner back.

John O’Neill (Clonoulty-Rossmore) come in at corner forward while Adrian Royle (Kilmoyley) is named at centre forward.

Dougie Fitzell, Michael O’Leary and Seán Weir drop to the substitute’s bench.

Keith Carmody (Causeway) continues at corner back, John Egan (St. Brendan’s) takes up a midfield role and Clarecastle’s Patrick Kelly reverts to wing back.

The team, captained by John Griffin, lines out as follows:

1          James Logue               Ballingarry

2          Bryan Murphy              Causeway       

3          Paud Costelloe            Ballyduff

4          Keith CarmodyCauseway       

5          Daniel Collins              Kilmoyley

6          Darren DineenSt. Brendan’s

7          Patrick Kelly                Clarecastle

8          John Griffin (c)            Lixnaw

9          John Egan                     St. Brendan’s

10        Colm Harty                  Causeway

11        Adrian Royle                Kilmoyley

12        Shane Nolan                Crotta O’Neill’s

13        Mikey Boyle                Ballyduff

14        Padraig Boyle              Ballyduff

15         John O’Neill                Clonoulty-Rossmore

Fir Ionaid:

16        Stephen Murphy        Causeway

17        David Butler                Knockavilla Kickhams

18        Tommy Casey              Causeway

19        Dougie Fitzell             Kilmoyley

20        James Flaherty            Lixnaw

21        Rory Horgan                St. Brendan’s

22        Philip Lucid                  Ballyheigue

23        Sean Weir                    Crotta O’Neill’s

24        Giles O’Grady             Ballyduff

25        Michael O’Leary          Abbeydorney

26        Darragh Shanahan      Lixnaw


Manager:                     Eamonn Kelly (Kildangan, Tiobraid Árann)

Coach/Selector:           Conor Gleeson (Boherlahan- Dualla, Tiobraid Árann)

Selectors:                    D. J. Leahy (Causeway), Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

Physical Trainer:         Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)


Christy Ring Cup Round 2 Venue, Time & Team news

Kerry will play Meath in Austin Stack Park on Saturday next 9th May at 12.30pm

Kerry Senior Team for Round 2 of Christy Ring

The Kerry Senior team for Round 2 of The Christy Ring Cup will be announced on Friday night 8th May at 9pm

Christy Ring Round 2 Draw

The Draw for Round 2

The Round 2A draw was made today for the Christy Ring Cup
The draw is as follows:

Round 2A

Meath V Kerry
Kerry last played Meath in 2011 in Austin Stack Park and The Kingdom won by 3 points.

Derry V The winners of Kildare v London

The games will be played on Saturday 9th May.  Venue & time TBC.