Dooley gives Kerry edge
AN injury-time goal from substitute Kenny Robinson came too late for Mayo to deny Kerry a deserving victory at McHale Park, Castlebar, yesterday.
Kerry were sauntering to a four-point win when Keith Higgins found Robinson on the edge of the square, but inside a minute of him finding the net the match was over with Mayo unable to launch a final attack.
Mayo lead by a point at the interval 1-8 to 0-10 but the pivotal score of the second half was a goal on 40 minutes from John Mike Dooley.
That lifted Kerry into a three-point lead and a superb point from Mike Conway on 70 minutes had Kerry four clear and apparently home and hosed until that late scare.
scorers -- Kerry: S Brick 0-12 (0-7f), JM Dooley 1-0, M Conway, S Nolan 0-2 each, T Murnane, M Boyle 0-1 each. Mayo: R Cullinane 1-3 (0-2f), B Moran 0-4 (0-4f), K Robinson 1-0, D McDonnell 0-3 (0-2f), K Higgins 0-2, S Hoban, D McConn 0-1 each.
KERRY -- JB O Halloran; C Harris, A Healy, A Keane; E Sheehy L Boyle, T Murnane; M Conway, J Griffin; D O'Connell, G O'Brien, S Brick; M Boyle, JM Dooley, S Nolan, Subs: J McCarthy for Sheehy (52); J Flaherty for Nolan ( 60).
MAYO -- D O'Brien; B Higgins, K Moran, S Hoban; E Madigan, P Barrett, C Ryan; D McConn, S Hunt; K Higgins, D McDonnell, D Dowling; N Murphy, R Cullinane, M Devaney. Subs: B Moran for Murphy (55), K Feeney for Devaney (63), K Robinson for Dowling (63).
Ref -- P Greene (Galway).