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CHRISTY RING CUP ROUND-UP

Published 01/05/2011 | 05:00

Kerry's hurlers had little to spare at the end of their encounter with Meath at Austin Stack Park, Tralee yesterday. The game finished 1-20 to 1-17 in favour after the Kingdom withstood initial Meath resistance in the opening half.

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When Nicky Horan pointed the Royals in front from a 55th-minute free (0-17 to 0-16), an upset looked on the cards, but John Egan's goal helped Kerry re-establish an advantage, before Michael Cole's injury time strike made for a tense finish.

Elsewhere, Mayo's interest in the cup came to an abrupt end at McHale Park, Castlebar, after they were comfortably beaten 1-20 to 2-10 by Kildare. The game was over as a contest by half-time as Kildare built a 14-point lead.

In Aughrim, corner-forward Andy O'Brien was again the goal machine for Wicklow as they progressed to the semi-final with a 3-16 to 2-11 win over Derry. Playing with a strong wind in the first half, Wicklow laid the foundations for victory as they built up a 3-11 to 1-1 lead at the break, with O'Brien bagging two fine goals in the 23rd and 24th minutes.

Meanwhile, Down cruised to a 17-point victory over a listless Armagh side in McKenna Park, Ballycran, to earn their place in the last four. The winners were always in control, with Andy Savage and Conor O'Prey completely dominating midfield, while in attack the impressive Gareth 'Magic' Johnson scored eight points.

Down opened strongly and a goal after just five minutes by Benny Ennis set them on their way, and they led by 1-8 to 0-4 at half-time. They continued to dominate and ran out easy winners in the end on a 1-20 to 0-6 scoreline.

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