Kingdom land first Ring title
Published 05/06/2011 | 05:00
The Kerry hurlers stormed to their first Christy Ring title, scoring a rare success at Croke Park.
Wicklow were never able to compete with a classy Kingdom outfit that performed with assurance and style and were 1-3 to 0-1 ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, with Gary O'Brien setting up John Egan's goal.
Darragh O'Connell fired over a string of points, before Wicklow had scores from Jonathan O'Neill and Andy O'Brien. The Kingdom led by 1-10 to 0-6 at the interval, and O'Connell raced through for a solo goal two minutes into the second half.
His strike was cancelled out by a goal from substitute James Quirke, who followed up after his penalty was kept out.
But Kerry continued to score at will, with O'Connell bringing his tally to 1-9, and O'Neill pulling back a late consolation goal for Wicklow.
Scorers -- Kerry: D O'Connell 1-9 (5f), J Egan 1-1, S Nolan 0-5, M Conway 0-2, M Boyle, J Griffin, J Flaherty, G O'Brien 0-1 each. Wicklow: J O'Neill 1-5 (4f, 1 '65'), J Quirke 1-0, A O'Brien 0-2, R Keddy 0-1.
Kerry: B Rochford; P O'Grady, J Godley, E Fitzgerald; C Harris, J Casey, A Keane; D Dineen, J Griffin; D O'Connell, G O'Brien, M Boyle; S Nolan, M Conway, J Egan. Subs: J Flaherty for Conway, L Boyle for O'Brien, J Fitzgerald for E Fitzgerald, C Harty for Nolan, A Toyle for Egan.
Wicklow: W O'Gorman; J Connors, G Keogh, B Cuddihy; G Bermingham, L Kennedy, S Kelly; E Kearns, R Keddy; L Glynn, J O'Neill, T Doyle; E Glynn, D Hyland, A O'Brien. Subs: J Quirke for Doyle, E O'Neill for Connors, W Collins for Bermingham, J Murphy for E Glynn, E Dunne for Kelly.
Referee: G Duffy (Antrim).
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