Sunday 18 March 2018

On-song Keane fires Kingdom

Kerry 0-19 Cork 1-8

FOR the third year in a row, Cork and Kerry clashed in the opening round of the U21 championship.

Each of the previous meetings has produced the All-Ireland champions, so after their latest cross-border derby, the Kingdom will be hoping that history will repeat itself.

Kerry had the wind in the opening half, and some excellent point-taking by forwards Barry John Keane, Barry John Walsh and Paul Geaney saw them lead by 0-10 to 1-4 at the interval.

Any hopes of a second-half comeback by Cork were dashed as Kerry assumed complete control, and points from Geaney, James O'Donoghue, Walsh and the prolific Keane stretched their lead to six with Cork only kicking one point in 30 minutes before three consolation injury-time scores.

Scorers -- Kerry: BJ Keane 0-7 (2f); BJ Walsh 0-4 (1 '45, 2f); P Geaney 0-4 (1f); J O'Donoghue 0-3; P O'Donoghue 0-1; Cork: B O'Driscoll 1-2 (1f); C Sheehan 0-2; M Collins (f), J P Murphy, E Keane, J Sexton 0-1 each.

Kildare 4-10

Westmeath 0-11

Kildare gained sweet revenge for their Kehoe Cup final defeat at Mullingar yesterday. Westmeath had just taken the lead for the first time after 32 minutes through a Brendan Murtagh free when his side were dealt a double blow.

A Richie Hoban penalty came off the crossbar but was driven home by David Carter, while David Harney added a second goal in first-half injury-time to give the Lilywhites a 2-5 to 0-7 lead at the interval.

Carter struck again half-way through the second half with John Houlihan finding a fourth with a minute of normal time remaining.

Scorers -- Kildare: D Carter 2-1; D Harney 1-3; J Houlihan 1-1; B White 0-4 (4f); M Fitzgerald 0-1; Westmeath: B Murtagh 0-4 (2f); A Dowdall, D McNicholas, A Mitchell ('65, f) 0-2 each; J Clarke 0-1.

Causeway CS 4-13

Hazelwood Col 1-8

Paul Boyle scored 2-2 from play as Causeway Comprehensive won the title at Abbeyfeale yesterday.

The Kerry side won the All-Ireland junior A title last weekend and are chasing a unique double for hurling in Kerry. Boyle was ably assisted by Shane Dunne who had 1-5, including three points from frees.

Scorers -- Causeway Comprehensive: P Boyle 2-2; S Dunne 1-5 (3f); L Fitzelle, 0-4, D Collins 1-0; M Delaney, B Brosnan, 0-1 each; Hazelwood College: J Coughlan, 1-6 (5f); P Sheehy, G Lane, 0-1 each.

St Gerald's 1-12

Summerhill 0-6

Mayo minor Cillian O'Connor was the star of the show with a personal haul of 0-9 as St Gerald's College, Castlebar made up for last year's final defeat.

The game ran away from Summerhill from the time that Cian Costello struck for the Mayo side's goal on 12 minutes and Gerald's led by 1-8 to 0-0 at half-time.

The Sligo college rallied in the second half -- with Niall Colleary prominent -- but it was too little, too late as their opponents eased to an eventual nine-point win.

Scorers -- St Gerald's College: C O'Connor 0-9 (7f, 1 '45); C Costello 1-0; D Kirby ('45), D Stenson, C O'Shea 0-1 each; Summerhill College: N Colleary 0-3 (1f); D Brady 0-2; M O'Hehir 0-1.

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