Conway shines as Kerry cruise
Kerry 2-20 Down 2-9
A power-packed display in the second half helped Kerry to a comfortable win against Down in the first round of the U-21 'B' hurling championship in Mullingar on Saturday.
The first of two successful 65s by Mark Fisher put Down ahead in the third minute.
A sideline cut from Shane Conway in the 15th minute put Kerry 0-7 to 0-2 ahead, but an opportunistic goal a minute later from Tim Prenter kept Down in touch.
The sides were level at the end of normal time, but injury-time points from Eoin Ross and Maurice O'Connor ensured that Kerry led by 0-10 to 1-5 at the break.
O'Connor opened the scoring in the second half with a goal after 90 seconds.
The Kingdom added a further 1-6 without reply by the end of the third quarter, the goal from a Shane Conway penalty in the 37th minute.
The issue was no longer in doubt and a goal from substitute Ronan Blair on the hour mark was merely a consolation score for the Mournemen.
Scorers - Kerry: S Conway 1-6 (1-0pen, 5f); M O'Connor 1-2; J Conway 0-3; E Ross, F Mackessy, B Barrett 0-2 each; E Murphy, M Leane, B O'Mahony 0-1 each. Down: T Prenter 1-2; Cormac Coulter 0-4 (4f); R Blair 1-0; M Fisher 0-2; P Savage 0-1.
Kerry - A O'Sullivan; N O'Mahony, J Diggins, E Leen; E Ross, F Mackessy, E Murphy; T O'Connor, M Leane; G Fennessy, B O'Mahony, J Conway; M O'Connor, B Barrett, S Conway. Subs: B Lyons for Leen (39), J McKenna for Barrett (45), R O'Donovan for O'Mahony (52), J O'Sullivan for Fennessy (54), K O'Regan for S Conway (58).
Down - H Flynn; M Mee, E Coulter, T Murray; D McCartney, M Fisher, Cathal Coulter; L Savage, PJ Davidson; Cormac Coulter, J Murphy, P Savage; J Doran, D Sands, T Prenter. Subs: R Blair for Doran (42), M McKey for Murphy (43), P Miskimmon for Davidson (46), N Lennon for McCartney (48).
Ref - N Wall (Cork).