Thursday 17 April 2014

Kerry get off the hook

KERRY 2-23
DOWN 3-17

Kerry were put to the pin of their collar to withstand a tremendous second-half rally from 14-man Down in Killarney.

The Kingdom revelled in the wide expanses of Fitzgerald Stadium in the opening half and went in at the interval ahead by 2-16 to 1-5, with Darragh O'Connell having contributed 0-7.

However, they lost their way completely in the second half as Down resumed with three quick points only to have Gareth Johnson red-carded in the 46th minute for a dangerous pull on Tom Murnane.

That looked like curtains for Down, but the visitors kept at it -- they outscored Kerry 2-12 to 0-7 in the second period -- and it took a late point from the excellent Liam Boyle to ensure victory for Kerry.

MAN OF THE MATCH -- Liam Boyle (Kerry).

Scorers -- Kerry: D O'Connell 0-10 (6f), J Egan 1-2, M Boyle 0-4, L Boyle 0-3, A Boyle 1-0, S Nolan 0-2, J Griffin and D Dineen 0-1 each. Down: G Johnson 1-5 (1-0 pen, 1f), J Coyles 0-4 (2f), B Ennis 0-4, C Mageen and S Nicholson 1-0 each, C Woods 0-2 (1f, 1 '65'), A O'Prey 0-2.

Kerry -- B Rochford 6; A Keane 8, J Godley 7, C Harris 8; A Royle 8, T Murnane 7, P O'Grady 7; J Griffin 6, D Dineen 7; D O'Connell 8, M Boyle 8, L Boyle 9; J Egan 7, A Boyle 7, S Nolan 6. Subs: J Flaherty 7 for S Nolan (52), P Costello 7 for J Griffin (58), E Fitzgerald 7 for A Royle (66), G O'Brien 7 for A Boyle (66).

Down -- G Clarke 7; M Hughes 6, F Conway 7, S Ennis 7; K McGarry 6, C Woods 7, M Ennis 6; A Savage 7, E Clarke 8; J Coyles 7, B Ennis 8, A O'Prey 7; D Toner 5, G Johnson 7, P Keith 6. Subs: C Mageen 7 for P Keith (47), A Clarke 7 for D Toner (52), S Nicholson 7 for K McGarry (65), J Smyth 6 for M Hughes (69).

Ref -- M O'Connor (Limerick).

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