Saturday 24 August 2019

Red-hot Conway fires the Kingdom to surprise McDonagh win

Kerry 1-21 Westmeath 2-16

'Conor Lynch saved bravely when Padraig Boyle seemed certain to find the net on the quarter-hour mark.' (Stock picture)
'Conor Lynch saved bravely when Padraig Boyle seemed certain to find the net on the quarter-hour mark.' (Stock picture)

A great display by Shane Conway helped Kerry to a surprise win over Westmeath in the Joe McDonagh Cup in Mullingar yesterday afternoon.

The first half was a tense affair with, as expected, the respective centre half-forwards, Conway (Kerry) and Killian Doyle (Westmeath) doing the bulk of the scoring.

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Conor Lynch saved bravely when Padraig Boyle seemed certain to find the net on the quarter-hour mark. Five unanswered points for the Kingdom - including three from Conway - put them 0-7 to 0-5 ahead by the 23rd minute as the game started to become more niggly. The sides were locked at 0-8 apiece as the half-time whistle was sounded.

Westmeath got off to a dream start in the second half, with half-time sub Allan Devine whipping the ball to the net from close range after John B O'Halloran had kept out Killian Doyle's initial shot. However, a less wasteful Kerry continued to plug away, and they were three points to the good (0-17 to 1-11) with 61 minutes on the clock.

A minute later, a goal under pressure by Doyle levelled the scoring but Kerry responded instantly when Colum Harty found the net. Kerry's Tomás O'Connor was dismissed on a second yellow card with six minutes of normal time left. Four minutes of added-time were signalled and the sides were level with two of these remaining. Appropriately, Conway pounced for the winning scores - a free and a great score from play with the last puck of the match

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LEITRIM and Fermanagh recorded victories in the Lory Meagher Cup yesterday.

In Carrick-on-Shannon, Clement Cunniffe and Colm Moreton found the net in the first half for the home team in a 2-16 to 1-16 win over Cavan, who had Kevin Conneely red-carded in the second half.

Fermanagh recorded their second win from two outings, with a 2-13 to 0-15 win over Lancashire at Brewster Park.

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