Allianz Hurling League Division 2A round-up: Conway at forefront as Kerry prove too strong for Royals
Kerry 3-15 Meath 0-8
Kerry, thanks to a power-packed second-half, got the better of Meath in a game played in a blizzard in Killarney yesterday.
Kerry will now play Westmeath in the league decider on Sunday next, while Meath - who failed to score in the second period yesterday - must beat London in their last game to ensure Division 2A action next year.
It was difficult for the players to get to grips with the atrocious conditions and the first half turned out to be a battle of the free-takers, with very little flowing hurling.
Shane Conway fired over Kerry's opening three points from placed balls, while his Meath counterpart Padraig O'Hanrahan replied with two frees of his own.
By the 20th minute Kerry led 0-5 to 0-2, with Mikey Boyle's first point from play and another free from Conway.
Meath had the better of the exchanges in the final 15 minutes of the half, with Padraig O'Hanrahan adding two more frees for the Royal County, while Mikey Boyle replied with another from play for Kerry.
Kerry were wasteful in the conditions and Jack Regan fired over Meath's first points from play in the 27th and 28th minutes to level the contest.
Conway restored Kerry's lead in the 31st minute from another free, but it was Meath who had more to play for than Kerry, as they battled for survival. Meath finished with a point from centre-back James Toher and O'Hanrahan's fifth free of the opening half to retire 0-8 to 0-7 in front at the interval.
Kerry took over completely on the resumption, with defenders James O'Connor, Jason Diggins and Paud Costello impressing, while impact subs Padraig Boyle and Jordan Conway improved matters up front.
Kerry had the luxury of taking off Shane Conway and giving Tadhg Brick, from new club Tralee Parnells, his first outing in a Kerry senior jersey. Meath hardly created a chance in the second half as their challenge evaporated.
Kerry scored superb points in the conditions and struck for three goals, from Jordan Conway, Padraig Boyle - who blasted a free to the roof of the net - and Jordan Brick, who polished off a comprehensive victory for the home side.
Scorers - Kerry: S Conway 0-8 (6f), J Conway 1-3, P Boyle 1-1, J Brick 1-0, M Boyle 0-2, P Costello 0-1. Meath: P O'Hanrahan 0-5 (5f), J Regan 0-2, J Toher 0-1.
Kerry - M Stackpoole 7; E Leen 7, J O'Connor 7, J Buckley 6; P Costello 8, J Diggins 8, T O'Connor 7; D Collins 8, M Boyle 8; M O'Leary 8, D Griffin 6, S Conway 8; C Harty 5, F MacKessy 6, D Goggin 6. Subs: P Boyle 7 for Griffin (44), J Conway 7 for Leen (48), E Murphy 6 for Harty (55), J Brick 6 for Goggin (61), T Brick 6 for Conway (63).
Meath - C O'Riordan 8; G Murphy 7, D Kelly 7, S Whitty 7; K Keoghan 5, J Toher 7, J Kelly 7; J McGowan 6, S Morris 6; D Healy 6, C McCabe 6, J Regan 7; P O'Hanrahan 7, C Ó Méalóid 6, E Ó Donnchadha 5. Subs: K Keena 6 for Ó Méalóid (47), A Douglas 6 for O Hanrahan (52), M O'Grady 5 for D Regan (60), J O'Sullivan for McGowan (69).
Ref - C McAllister (Cork).
McNicholas puts boot into Mayo
Westmeath 2-12 Mayo 0-6
Mayo will need to get at least a draw in Ruislip next weekend if they are to be assured of Division 2A hurling next year, after losing to Westmeath in blizzard-hit TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar yesterday.
The hosts - who made 11 changes from the side which saw off Meath - did the needful, but had to work hard in inclement conditions before breaking the visitors down.
Joe Quaid's troops led 1-6 to 0-4 at the break, with Niall Mitchell reliable from frees. The score of the game came after eight minutes, when an exquisite long-range pass from John Bermingham put Jack Galvin through for a fine goal.
Mayo struggled to find their range, but, to their credit, battled back with two brilliantly taken points by Colm Higgins. Early in the second half, scores from James Gallagher and éanna Ryan saw the Westerners get to within a goal of parity.
But Westmeath kicked on from there, and Derek McNicholas got his toe to a loose ball for their second goal on 53 minutes, killing off the tie as a contest.
The winners, who face Kerry in the 2A decider next Sunday, then closed out the game with five unanswered points from Ciarán Doyle (0-4) and sub Barry O'Mara.
Scorers - Westmeath: D McNicholas 1-1, C Doyle (3f), N Mitchell (4f) 0-4 each, J Galvin 1-0, S McGovern, J Gilligan, B O'Mara 0-1 each. Mayo: C Higgins 0-2, B Morley, S Kenny (f), J Gallagher, E Ryan 0-1 each.
Westmeath - A McHugh 6; B Doyle 6, P Greville 6, K Regan 6; C Shaw 7, J Bermingham 8, S McGovern 6; S Power 7, J Gilligan 7; N Mitchell 7, D McNicholas 8, R Gillen 6; C Doyle 7, D Clinton 6, J Galvin 7. Subs: D Reilly 6 for Gillen (h-t), P Reilly 6 for Greville (h-t), E Corrigan 6 for Clinton (inj., 50), B O'Mara 7 for Mitchell (54), N McKenna n/r for McNicholas (62).
Mayo - G Hogan 6; C Murray 6, C Daly 6, C Scahill 5; P O'Flynn 6, S Coyne 5, C Freeman 6; C Henry 6, D Kenny 6; J Gallagher 6, E Ryan 6, B Morley 7; S Kenny 6, C Higgins 7, L Hurley 5. Subs: P Kiely 6 for Higgins (h-t), S Boland 6 for Hurley (45), B Hunt 6 for Scahill (45), D Huane 6 for Henry (52), A Phillips 6 for Kenny (55).
Ref - S Hynes (Galway)
Antrim 1-16 London 0-17
Antrim's hurlers completed their Allianz League Division 2A campaign with a two-point win over 14-man London at Corrigan Park yesterday.
The Exiles, for whom Aaron Sheehan scored 0-16, with all but one of his tally coming from placed balls, started well but lost Lee Murphy to a straight red card before half-time.
Conor McCann's goal put Antrim ahead in the third quarter and the Saffrons, despite never looking hugely impressive, held on to see out their 2019 league fixtures with a win.
Scorers - Antrim: J McNaughton 0-5 (4f), C McCann 1-1, R McCambridge, S Duffin, C Clarke 0-2 each, N McKeague (f), N McManus, E O'Neill, J Dillon 0-1 each. London: A Sheehan 0-16, (14f, 1 '65), S Conlon 0-1.
Antrim: R Elliott 8; S Rooney 8, C Patterson 8, P Duffin 7; C Boyd 7, M Donnelly 8, C McHugh 7; D McKinley 7, N McKeague 8; N McManus 8, J McNaughton 8, R McCambridge 8; E O'Neill 8, C McCann 8, J O'Connell 7 Subs: C Clarke 7 for J O'Connell (h-t), D Kearney 7 for C McHugh (45), J Dillon 7 for D McKinley (52), S Duffin 7 for J McNaughton (62), C Laverty for R McCambridge (74)
London: M Burke 8; C McAlinden 7, P Muldoon 7, L Murphy 6; T Healy 7, G Lenehin 7, B Hickey 7; F Collins 8, J Kennedy 7; S Lohan 8, C Nelson 7, M O'Dwyer 7; A Sheehan 9, S Lawless 8, S Conlon 8. Subs: A Curtin for C Nelson (67)
Ref - J Heffernan (Wexford)
Allianz Hurling League Division 2B
Wicklow 2-16 Derry 0-16
In what was a dress rehearsal for next week's final, Wicklow enjoyed a six-point win over Derry at Dean McGlinchey Park.
Goals in either half by Andy O'Brien, later red carded, and Eoin McCormack proved the key scores.
Few could argue with the half-time scoreboard at Ballinascreen, 1-9 to 0-4 in favour of the visitors.
Derry improved after the interval, but Wicklow were always in control despite Richie Mullan amassing 11 points for the home side.
Scorers - Wicklow: C Moorehouse 0-5 (4f), A O'Brien 1-2 (1f), E Donohue 0-3 (1f), E McCormack 1-0, J Henderson, J O'Neill 0-2 each, M Boland, L Evans 0-1 each. Derry: R Mullan 0-11 (9f), M McGuigan, G Bradley, D Cartin, M McGrath, J Mullan 0-1 each.
Wicklow - C Staunton 7; B Kearney 8, B Cuddihy 8, M O'Brien 7; G Byrne 7, S Kelly 8, W Kavanagh 8; J Henderson 8, J Doyle 8; E McCormack 8, E Donohue 9, M Boland 8; C Moorehouse 8, A O'Brien 8, J O'Neill 8. Subs: D Staunton 7 for Doyle (48), E Kearns 7 for Boland (53), L Evans 7 for Moorehouse (65), G Hughes 6 for Donohue (68).
Derry - S Kelly 8; P Kelly 6, S Cassidy 6, R McCartney 6; C Kelly 6, B Og McGilligan 6, L Hinphey 7; M McGuigan 7, P Cleary 6; G Bradley 6, R Mullan 8, T Brady 6; N Waldron 6, M McGrath 6, N Ferris 6. Subs: J Mullan 6 for Waldron (h-t), D Cartin 6 for Ferris (h-t), C Waldron 6 for Brady (53).
Ref - C Cunning (Antrim).
Donegal 5-18 Warwickshire 0-17
Donegal had it all too easy as Mickey McCann's men soared to a routine win over Warwickshire.
Donegal hit five goals as they won ahead of a rematch in next week's relegation play-off.
Kevin Kealy blasted home two first-half goals and veteran Paddy Hannigan netted another as Donegal led 3-9 to 0-4 at the break.
Lee Henderson - who scored 1-6 - and Ronan McDermott netted in the second half.
Scorers - Donegal: L Henderson 1-6 (4f), K Kealy 2-1, P Hannigan 1-3, R McDermott 1-2, O Rooney 0-2, C Matthewson, C Finn, J De Ward, R Hilferty 0-1 each. Warwickshire: J Collins 0-12 (8f), I Dwyer 0-5 (2f).
Donegal - P Burns 7; M Callaghan 7, C McDermott 7, C Parke 7; J O'Loughlin 7, P McCarron 6, Ciaran Mathewson 7; C Finn 6, J Boyle 6; D Duffy 6, O Rooney 6, R McDermott 8; L Henderson 8, P Hannigan 8, Kevin Kealy 8. Subs: G Browne 6 for Duffy (h-t), C Flood 7 for Finn (h-t), R Hilferty 6 for Mathewson (43), C McDermott 6 for O'Loughlin (43), J De Ward 6 for Kealy (54).
Warwickshire - P Crean 6; M Regan 6, D Bruen 5, F White 6; J Collins 8, P Scally 6, R Donoghue 6; T Kelly 5, D King 6; R Curley 5, D O'Neill 6, K Magee 6; J McDermott 5, I Dwyer 7, C Boyle 7.
Ref - J Clarke (Cavan).
Kildare 0-13 Down 1-6
Despite defeating Down in Newbridge, Wicklow's win over Derry in Ballinascreen means Kildare are pipped for a League final place.
Needing Derry to beat Wicklow after they defeated Down, the Lilywhites are consigned to another year in Division 2B.
Paddy McKenna could only manage a point from his penalty in the closing minutes of the first half. Despite that, Kildare still enjoyed a 0-6 to 0-4 lead at half-time. Down midfielder Conor O'Prey scored an early second-half goal but Kildare generally kept them at arm's length.
Scorers - Kildare: B Byrne 0-6 (6f), M Fitzgerald, C Dowling 0-2 each, P McKenna (pen), Cathal Dowling, J Sheridan 0-1 each. Down: C O'Prey 1-0, O MacManus 0-3 (2f), P Sheehan 0-3 (3f).
Kildare - P McKenna 6; R Boran 6, J Doran 6, J Dolan 5; R Kelly 6, N O'Muineacháin 8, K Whelan 7; P Divilly 7, B Byrne 9; C Dowling 7, P Kennedy 5, J Burke 4; C Dowling 6, M Fitzgerald 7, J Sheridan 6. Subs: B Cormack 4 for Kennedy (63).
Down - S Keith 6; D Mallon 6, C Taggart 7, T Murray 5; M Fisher 5, M Conlon 8, L Savage 6; R McCrickard 7, C O'Prey 7; P Sheehan 6, E Sands 6, R Costello 6; O Mac Manus 8, D Sands 6, T Prenter 5. Subs: PJ Davidson 6 for R McCrickard (34), D Toner 5 for O'Prey (45), G Hughes 6 and R McCusker 7 for Sheehan and Fisher (60), C Cassidy 5 for Murray (60).
Ref - C Mooney (Dublin).