Boyle leads from front as Kingdom club together for repeat glory
ALL-IRELAND U-21 'B' HC FINAL
FAMILIARITY certainly played a large part as Kerry claimed their second consecutive title at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening.
Of the 15 that started in the Kingdom's 10-point win over Meath, 12 had been involved with the county senior panel this year and John Meyler, manager of both the under-21 and senior teams, said that was a huge assistance to his team.
"The fitness was good and, as well as that, they were all used to playing with each other. We tried to develop a club atmosphere with this team and the seniors.
"I know it's boring to say, but there's a lot of hard work that's not seen. You just have to keep at it and at it and at it," said Meyler.
Level at 0-9 each at half-time, Kerry turned for the second half with the wind advantage to come and, with 17-year-old Padraig Boyle in fine form in attack and Darragh O'Connell deadly accurate from placed balls, they soon pulled away from their opponents.
"We made hard work of it," Meyler added. "We had a few goal chances early in the first half and I told the lads I wasn't happy. We knew that once the forwards picked up, we'd be in a good position.
"Padraig Boyle went to centre-forward and that was the turning point. He caught a few balls and put them over the bar.
"We were nervous in the first half," Meyler continued. "I don't know what it was, but we were jumpy."
SCORERS -- Kerry: D O'Connell 0-10 (5f, 1 '65), P Boyle 0-6, S Nolan 0-3, J Flaherty 0-2, R Kenny 0-1. Meath: K Keoghan 0-5 (4f, 1 '65), B Slevin 0-2, C Doyle, D Kennedy, A Douglas, M O'Sullivan, D Ralleigh 0-1 each.
KERRY -- J B O'Halloran; N Young, D O'Sullivan, J O'Connor; A Ryle, B O'Leary, P Monson; R Kenny, D Fitzelle; P Geaney, P Costelloe, D O'Connell; S Nolan, P Boyle, J Flaherty. Subs: A McCarthy for Geaney (40), P O'Keeffe for Costelloe (42), Costelloe for O'Leary (45-47, blood), R Nolan for Kenny (47), PJ Keane for Young (54), S Leen for Flaherty (60).
MEATH -- S McGann; D Carthy, M Dunne, W Mahady; A Watters, C Doyle, D Kennedy; K Keoghan, G Murphy; A Douglas, E Marsh, M O'Sullivan; B Slevin, N Heffernan, D Ralleigh. Subs: N Fagan for Watters (25), T Ralleigh for Slevin (39), C Joyce for Marsh (43), B Murray for D Ralleigh (48), K Keena for (59).
Ref --D Connolly (Kilkenny).