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Kerry 1-20 Wicklow 1-12

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Any hopes Wicklow may have had of a surprise win were dashed when Jason Diggins goaled on 45 minutes. (stock photo)

Any hopes Wicklow may have had of a surprise win were dashed when Jason Diggins goaled on 45 minutes. (stock photo)

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Any hopes Wicklow may have had of a surprise win were dashed when Jason Diggins goaled on 45 minutes. (stock photo)

Kerry hurlers keep marching on as they chalked up their fourth successive League victory with an away win over Wicklow at Arklow on Saturday.

This Kerry team has quite a number of skilful hurlers but unquestionably centre-forward Shane Conway stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Conway was again on song, sinking a gallant Wicklow side with his scoring feats from frees, ten of his 12 points coming from placed balls and another from a '65. Indeed, he has top-scored in every League game, bringing his total thus far to 32 points.

Conway, who alternates between midfield in different matches, and impressive corner-forward Michael Slattery gave Kerry an early two-point lead with the wind behind them, but Wicklow were scrapping for everything and Andy O'Brien twice cut the margin to a point in the first 10 minutes. But Kerry settled after that, surging forward in waves. Conway kept clipping over the points as they led by 0-14 to 0-6 at the break.

Turning over to play with the wind, Wicklow had a tonic start as Pádraig O'Toole kicked the sliotar to the net. But any hopes Wicklow may have had of a surprise win were dashed when Jason Diggins goaled on 45 minutes.

Scorers - Kerry: S Conway 0-12 (10f, 1' 65); Jason Diggins 1-0; B Barrett, M Slattery, D Goggin 0-2 each; M O'Leary, F O Sullivan 0-1 each. Wicklow: A O'Brien 0-9 (5f, 3' 65s); P Doyle 1-0; E Donohoe 0-2 (1f); D Staunton O-1.

Kerry - M Stackpoole 7; E Leen 7, J O'Connor 6, S Weir 7; E Murphy 7, M Boyle 7, J Diggins 8; D Goggin 7, M Leane 7; M O'Leary 7, S Conway 9, B Barrett 8; M Slattery 8, J Conway 6, C Harty 6. Subs: B Murphy 6 for J O'Connor (h-t), F Mackessy 6 for C Harty (52), N O'Driscoll for M Slattery (59), C O'Keeffe for E Murphy (64), F O'Sullivan for D Goggin (66).

Wicklow - C McNally 7; M O'Brien 6, B Kearney7, P Keane 7; G Byrne 7, B Cuddihy 7, J Henderson 8; E Kearns 6, W Kavanagh 6; D Staunton 7, E Donohoe 7, E McCormack 5; P O'Toole 7, A O'Brien 8, G O'Brien 5. Subs: M Boland 6 for G O'Brien (47), L Evans 6 for E McCormack (55), C Breen for B Cuddihy (63), G Hughes for P O'Toole (70).

Ref - C Mooney (Dublin)

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