Sunday 25 February 2018

Conway masterclass eases Kerry into last four

Kerry 2-19 Kildare 0-13

Colm Cooper, Kerry, score's his side's second goal
Colm Cooper, Kerry, score's his side's second goal
Donnchadh Walsh, Kerry, shoots past Mark Donnellan, Kildare, from which he scored from the rebound
Pódraig Fogarty, Kildare, in action against Aidan O'Mahony, Kerry Newsdesk Newsdesk

Inspired by the silken skills of 16-year-old Shane Conway and powerful thrusts of Fionan Mackessy, Kerry proved far too strong for Kildare in Newbridge.

Kildare could not match the cohesion of a well-drilled Kingdom side.

Two points from Jack Sheridan put Kildare ahead, but Conway responded with a score from play and a delightful side-line cut.

With John Buckley taking over at midfield and Conway pulling the strings, full-forward Mackessy was unstoppable, firing over two points in quick succession and winning a succession of frees which Conway converted to put Kerry 0-9 to 0-3 ahead.

A Reese Gavin side-line cut and a Sheridan free gave Kildare some hope, but Kerry had too much firepower.

Although Conway had a penalty saved by Jeff Keane, Colin Sheehy soon booted home football-style to make it 1-10 to 0-6 at the interval.

Conway fired over 0-4 in the opening ten minutes of the second half, and a 42nd-minute goal from David Egan secured a semi-final meeting with Down.

Scorers - Kerry: S Conway 0-13 (8fs, 1 s/l), F Mackessy 0-4, C Sheehy, D Egan 1-0 each, E Leen, K O'Regan 0-1 each. Kildare: J Sheridan 0-6 (3 '65s', 1f), R Gavin 0-3 (2 s/l, 1f), C Foley, C Melville, C Lynch, Cillian Byrne 0-1 each.

Kerry - D Silles, B Lyons, M Leane, G Stackpoole, E Ross, J Diggins, R Collins, J Buckley, T O'Connor, S Conway, J McKenna, D Egan, E Leen, F Mackessy, C Sheehy: Subs: K O Regan for T O'Connor (46), C Browne for E Leen (46), J Lenihan for D Egan (52), J Keane for R Collins (52), L Mullins for E Ross (54)

Kildare - J Keane, S Lacey, C Dowling, D Brearton, C Dowling, B Giffney, A Kelly, S Lawlor, C Foley, R Gavin, J Sheridan, C Melville, C O'Regan, C Lynch, K Gorman: Subs: Conor Byrne for S Lacey (35), Cillian Byrne for K Gorman (40), Conor Galvin for S Lawlor (43), R Hyland for C O'Regan (50) .

Ref - P Murphy (Carlow)

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