Leen strike seals Kerry's final date
All-Ireland MHC 'B' semi-final Kerry 2-19 Down 1-15
Kerry remain on course for a five-in-row of minor hurling 'B' titles after a hard-fought victory over a battling Down side at Newbridge on Saturday.
Kerry laid the foundations for victory with a solid first-half performance, in which they struck for a goal in the 15th minute when Shane Conway drove through and passed to Barry O'Mahony who drilled to the net.
This helped the Kingdom to a 1-12 to 0-7 half-time lead and Down were reduced to 14 players early in the second half when Callum Smyth received a second yellow. Despite this, they rallied strongly and a 40th-minute Conor McCrickard goal saw the reduced deficit to two points. However, Kerry regrouped and Eric Leen crowned a fine second-half display by side-footing home soccer style with five minutes left.
Scorers - Kerry: B O'Mahony 1-5 (2fs); E Leen 1-3; S Conway 0-4 (2f, 1 '65); C Sheehy 0-3; B McAuliffe, M O'Connor, M McCarthy, T O'Connor 0-1 each. Down: C McCrickard 1-5 (2f), R McCrickard 0-6 (5f), D Sands 0-3, D McCartney 0-1.
Kerry: A O'Sullivan, B McAuliffe, C O'Keeffe, E Murphy, G Fennessy, L Mullins, T Quinlan, C Galway, S Conway, C Sheehy, E Leen, D Goulding, P O'Mahony, B O'Mahony, M O'Connor Subs: T O'Connor for Quinlan (34): M McCarthy for Goulding (46m): G Carey for Galway (51m)
Down: C McLornan, E Kelly, P Branagan, J Carlin, C Smyth, E Coulter, D Og Rooney, R McCrickard, T Murray, C McCrickard, D McCartney, P Miskimmon, D Sands, A Mee, S McKey Subs: N Fitzsimmons for Miskimmon (48m): M Napier for Rooney (50m): C McPolin for Fitzsimmons (60m)
Ref: J Murphy (Limerick)