Wednesday 22 January 2020

Conway's master class for Kerry

All-Ireland U-21 'B': Kerry 1-23 Meath 1-9

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Kerry are through to the All-Ireland U-21 'B' hurling final following a victory over Meath at Semple Stadium on Saturday and they now face Wicklow on September 9.

Meath struggled against a well-drilled and physically superior Kerry outfit, who opened the scoring through Shane Conway.

Meath's Conor Kearney responded and Kerry's Michael O'Leary exchanged points before Eoin Mac Donncha had the ball in the Kerry net.

The Royals kept their nose in front until Kerry started to find their range through O'Leary and two Conway points as they raced to a 0-11 to 1-4 half-time lead.

Kerry continued to pile on the pressure, with Eoin Ross pointing from distance to stretch the lead to 0-17 to 1-9 by the 40th minute.

The closing quarter saw both sides empty their benches, but it was Kerry who continued to maintain momentum and increased the gap to 0-21 to 1-8, before John Hussey's injury-time goal poured more agony on Meath.

Scorers - Kerry: S Conway 0-10 (6f '65'), M O'Leary 0-6, E Ross 0-3, J Hussey 1-0, B O'Sullivan, T O'Connor, J Buckley, R Donovan 0-1 each Meath: E Mac Donncha 1-1 C Kearney 0-4 (3f) P Farrell, R Ryan, D Kelly, M Slevin 0-1 each

Meath: C Ennis, C McNally, I Hughes, R Ryan; P Slevin, D Kelly J McCluskey, L Moran, M Slevin,J Wall, E Mac Donncha 1-1, C Kearney; R Ryan, M Cullen, S O'Hanrahan. Subs: J. McNally for C McNally half-time, P Farrell for Kearney 42 mins, DBrogan for M Slevin 50m, S Gibbons for Wall 60m, B Rickard for Cullen 62m.

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Kerry: S Murphy; S O'Sullivan, D Shanahan, B Lyons; E Ross, J Diggins, L Mullins; B O'Sullivan, T O'Connor; J Buckley, M O'Lear, J Brick; M O'Connor, S. Conwa, R Donovan. Subs: B Barrett for Brick 42 mins, J Lenihan for 46m, A O'Mahony for Lyons, D Ryan for M O'Connor both 58m, J Hussey (1-0) for Buckley 60m.

Ref - T Carroll (Offaly)

Donohoe on fire in Wicklow victory

Wicklow 0-15 Kildare 0-13

Wicklow hosted Kildare in the All-Ireland U-21 'B' hurling championship semi-final in Pearse Park, Arklow, on Saturday, and for the second week running the home side were on the back foot in the early stages after a slow start.

Kildare began at a furious pace and this was reflected in the scoreboard, where they built up a healthy lead of 0-05 to no score in the opening minutes of the game, before Wicklow captain Padraig Doyle got his side off the mark.

This sparked a spirited first-half comeback and Wicklow powered on to lead by 0-08 to 0-06 going in at the break.

The impressive Wicklow charge continued after half-time and an exhibition of free-taking from Enda Donohoe pushed the Garden County five points to the good.

With 20 minutes remaining, Kildare full-forward Jack Sheridan moved out the field to play a more withdrawn role.

This switch swung the game in Kildare's favour once more, but it was too little too late and Wicklow had done enough to emerge victorious.

Scorers - Wicklow: E Donohoe 0-8 (0-08f), P Doyle, G Hughes, S Germaine 0-2 each, C Moorehouse 0-1. Kildare: J Sheridan 0-5 (3f), E O' Hehir 0-3 (3f), S Lacey 0-2, C Dowling, A Kelly, S Lawlor 0-1 each.

Wicklow: C Staunton, S Hughes, S Maloney, O Furlong, T Healy, M Traynor, L Benville, C Whitmore, C Moorehouse, G Hughes, P Doyle, E Donohoe, S Germaine, M Boland, J Doyle.

Kildare: J Keane, C Gormley, D Brerton, K Maher, C Derivan, C Dowling, D Greene, S Lawlor, E O' Hehir, C Dowling, A Kelly, S Lacey, S Ryan, J Sheridan, R Fleming.

Meath reach final despite scare

Meath 2-15 Kildare 2-12

Meath, last year's beaten finalists, had to fend off a second-half revival at Trim on Saturday before making it to another All-Ireland minor hurling B championship decider.

The Royals had a 12-point interval lead trimmed back to the minimum before added-time scores from Evan Fitzgerald and Mikey Mullen (free) sealed the win.

The Royals led 2-10 to 0-4 at the break. Mullen, who finished with 1-7, struck for an early goal and Meath ended the half well, outscoring the Lilywhites 1-6 to 0-1. That second goal came courtesy of Brian Dowling.

Ciaran Tobin accounted for Kildare's only score from play in the opening half and they hit four wides in a row at the start of the second period.

Brian Tobin kick-started the comeback with a 39th-minute goal and when Kevin Aherne added a second on 48 minutes, the deficit was back to five.

With James Burke taking his tally to 10 points, the minimum separated the teams as the clock ticked towards the hour mark. However, Meath reasserted their authority in added time.

Scorers - Meath: M Mullen 1-7 (5f), B Dowling 1-1, N Potterton 0-3, E Fitzgerald, J Leavy, S Martin, D Gilmartin 0-1 each. Kildare: J Burke 0-10 (7f, 2 '65), K Aherne, B Tobin 1-0 each, C Tobin, S Cullen 0-1 each.

Meath - A Dunne; B O'Reilly, C Butler, S Coffey; V Ward, A Murphy, B Kelly; E Fitzgerald, D Hennessy; B Dowling, S Martin, J Leavy; N Potterton, D Gilmartin, M Mullen. Subs: K Rodgers for Hennessy (23), S Walsh for Leavy (45), J Ryan for Rodgers (51), K Flynn for Gilmartin (56).

Kildare - M Doyle; E Prizeman, R Hogan, M Barea; A Deegan, J Nolan, H Carroll; S MacDonnacha, R Boran; K Aherne, C Tobin, J Burke; S Whelan, S Cullen, B Tobin. Subs: L O'Flynn for Whelan (37), R Monaghan for Tobin (48), R Goodfellow for Deegan (56), Deegan for Aherne (60).

Ref - S Hynes (Galway)

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