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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Nolan runs riot in Derry annihilation

Kerry 4-31 Derry 0-11

Published 05/05/2014 | 02:30

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Kerry annihilated a poor Derry side at Austin Stack Park, Tralee, as the Division 2A champions started their quest to go one better in this competition after last year's final defeat.

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The game was over after 20 minutes, with Kerry racing into an 0-11 to 0-0 lead.

Shane Nolan and Podge Boyle grabbed three points each and one apiece from Darran Dineen, Thomas Casey, Mikey Boyle, Colm Harty and David Butler put Derry – who lost their leading scorer Ruari Convery to injury in the 24th minute – very much on the back foot.

Derry were overrun in the opening half as Kerry, with 10 different scorers and goals from Nolan and Colm Harty, led 2-18 to 0-0, leaving a paltry attendance bewildered. The second half was academic, though Derry did perform a lot better.

Kerry were superior in every department, with Nolan top-scoring with 1-10 and Daniel Collins and Podge Boyle adding further goals. It was left to Alan Grant, with 0-5, to save some face for Derry.

On this evidence, Kerry will be short odds to regain the Christy Ring Cup, which they last won in 2011.

Scorers – Kerry: S Nolan 1-10 (5fs), P Boyle 1-3, D Collins, C Harty 1-2 each, M Boyle, D Butler 0-3 each, S Weir, J Egan 0-2 each, D Dineen, T Casey, J Leahy, P O'Connor 0-1 each Derry: A Grant 0-5 (4fs), K Hinphey, C Convery 0-2 each, S Farren (f), P Cleary 0-1 each.

Kerry – T Flynn; B Murphy, T Murnane, D Fitzelle; S Weir, D Dineen, T Casey; D O'Connell, J Egan; M Boyle, D Collins, C Harty; P Boyle, D Butler, S Nolan Subs: K Carmody for T Casey (45), A Boyle for D Butler (45), J Casey for D Dineen (49), P O Connor for C Harty (54), J Leahy for D Collins (58)

Derry – D McDermott; M Warnock, L Hinphey, E McGuckin; P Cleary, K Hinphey, A Rafferty; B Og McGilligan, C Quinn; C Mc Quillan, A Grant, A Kelly; J O'Dwyer, R Convery, D O'Neill Subs: S Farren for R Convery (25), C Convery for C Quinn (25), M O'Hagan for D O'Neill (45), N Farran for M Warnock (54), T McCloy for J O'Dwyer (60)

Ref – T Carroll (Offaly).

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