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O'Connell on song for Kerry

Kerry 1-15 Westmeath 1-13

Published 13/03/2011 | 05:00

The free-taking of Darragh O'Connell proved decisive as Kerry collected their second brace of league points after a desperately disappointing clash at Austin Stack Park in Tralee yesterday afternoon.

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Westmeath failed to take advantage of the wind in the opening half as the returning Mike Conway excelled for Kerry at centre-back and the hosts led by 0-9 to 0-7 at the interval.

Westmeath were on level terms thanks to a sideline cut from Derek McNicholas that went all the way to Kerry net in 48th minute, but the Kingdom edged clear when Aidan Boyle appeared to get a touch to an O'Connell long free to divert the ball to the Westmeath net.

Points from Dan Carthy, Andrew Mitchell and Derek McNicholas kept Westmeath in touch, but a late point from substitute Ronan Kenny saw Kerry home.

Scorers -- Kerry: D O'Connell 0-9 (1 '65, 8f), A Boyle 1-0, L Boyle 0-2, M Conway (1f), D Dineen, M Boyle, R Kenny 0-1 each; Westmeath: D McNicholas 1-1, A Mitchell 0-3 (1 '65, 1f), D Carthy (3f), B Murtagh 0-3 each, P Gilsenan, N Flanagan, N Dowdall 0-1 each.

Kerry: B Rochford; J Godley, T Murnane, C Harris; A Royle, M Conway, P O'Grady; P Costelloe, D Dineen; S Nolan, L Boyle, M Boyle; J Egan, A Boyle, D O'Connell. Subs: E Fitzgerald for A Royle (29), R Kenny for A Boyle (65), T Moloney for S Nolan (68).

Westmeath: P Burke; R Whelan, A McGrath, E Price; P Gilsenan, A Mitchell, J Shaw; J Clarke, N Flanagan; B Smyth, B Murtagh, C Flanagan; C Curley, D McNicholas, D Carthy Subs: N Dowdall for C Curley (34), B Leharte for J Shaw (40).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork).

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