Boyle catches Laois napping in Kingdom comeback
Kerry 3-14 Laois 0-19
Kerry staged a staggering second-half comeback to make it three wins in two years over Laois in this crucial league clash, played before a sparse crowd, and it was an unlikely looking win for the Kingdom at half-time.
Laois travelled to Austin Stack Park, Tralee, with new manager and former Kerry hurling boss Eamonn Kelly back on familiar territory.
Laois played with the aid of a strong wind in the first-half and led at the interval by 0-13 to 0-4, thanks to four points from play from corner-forward Willie Dunphy.
Kerry's first score from play came from Shane Nolan in the 29th minute. The Kingdom were struggling all over the park, with Stephen Maher deadly from placed balls.
The second-half was a different story, however.
Kerry dominated the middle third and looked much the hungrier side. The Kerry half-back line of Paud Costello, Patrick Kelly and Darren Dineen really upped their game, while Mikey Boyle started plucking balls out of the air.
Kerry had missed five scorable frees in the opening half, but once Shane Nolan found his radar, Laois appeared to lose their way.
Padraig Boyle scored Kerry's first goal from a penalty in the 38th minute and he added another in the 59th minute from play. That was quickly followed in the 60th minute by a third Kerry goal from midfielder Colum Harty, to make the scores level at 3-9 to 0-18.
Kerry finished much the stronger and sealed the win with a late Paudie O'Connor point to give them a welcome winning start to the league.
Scorers - Kerry: P Boyle 2-1, (1-0 pen), S Nolan 0-6, (5 f), C Harty 1-2, M Boyle and D Collins 0-2 each, P O'Connor 0-1
Laois: S Maher 0-11 (11fs), W Dunphy 0-4 P Whelan, B Conroy, N Foyle and P J Scully 0-1 each.
KERRY: A McCabe 8; S Weir 7, R Horgan 7, B Murphy 7; P Costello 8, P Kelly 8, D Dineen 8; P O'Connor 7, C Harty 7; J Goulding 7 , M Boyle 8 , D Collins7 ; J Conway 7, P Boyle 9 , S Nolan 8. Subs: K Carmody7 for J Conway (53), J O'Connor 6 for J Goulding (72)
LAOIS: E Fleming 8 : D Palmer 7 , R Mullaney 6 , P Lawlor 7 ; L Bergin 6 , M Whelan, 6 P Whelan 7 ; P Purcell 7 , Ben Conroy 7 ; C Taylor 6 , N Foyle 6 , R King 6 ; W Dunphy 8 , C Dwyer 6 , S Maher 8. Subs: PJ Scully 6 for C Taylor (57), E Lyons 6 for P Whelan (60), S Downey 6 for R Mullaney (63), C Healy 6 for N Foyle (66)
Ref: J Murphy (Limerick)