Monday 19 February 2018

Boyle blasts Kerry into semi-final

Kerry 3-18 Kildare 1-16

Kerry's Pádraig Boyle is presented with the Man of the Match by Tomás Gaughan, from Meath
Kerry's Pádraig Boyle is presented with the Man of the Match by Tomás Gaughan, from Meath

Kerry struck for three goals in the space of 11 first-half minutes to shake off a strong Kildare challenge and secure their place in the semi-final.

The home team hurled very impressively in the first half in Newbridge but will rue a couple of defensive lapses that were punished mercilessly.

The aerial presence of Padraig Boyle was a real threat for Kerry in that opening period and he scored 2-2 from play, while Shane Nolan's proficiency from dead balls was also significant as he finished with a 1-8 to his credit.

Gerry Keegan and Bernard Deay were dangerous customers in the Kildare forward division in the first half, and Deay should have had a goal but was denied by a splendid Tadhg Flynn save.

A major would have added to the Lilies' confidence as they started strongly despite playing into the wind.

A run of four consecutive points gave them a three-point advantage before Boyle levelled with an 18th-minute goal. The Ballyduff man followed up with a second after catching the sliotar in oceans of space before Shane Nolan converted a penalty to give Kerry a 3-9 to 0-11 interval lead.

Kildare goalie Paul Dermody got his side right back into the game with a goal from a 44th-minute penalty but Kerry finished strongly with six of the last seven points to bag the victory.

SCORERS – Kerry: S Nolan 1-8 (6fs, 1 '65', 1-0 pen); P Boyle 2-2; D O'Connell, J Egan, M Boyle 0-2 each; D Butler, P Lucid 0-1 each. Kildare: P Divilly 0-5(4fs); G Keegan 0-3; P Dermody 1-0 (pen); D Harney, M Delaney, E O'Neill 0-2 each; M Fitzgerald, B Deay 0-1 each.

KERRY – T Flynn; B Murphy, T Murnane, D Fitzell; S Weir, D Dineen, T Casey; D O'Connell, J Egan; D Collins, S Nolan, C Harty; P Boyle, M Boyle, D Butler. Subs: J Griffin for Casey (52), K Carmody for Harty (61), P Lucid for Dineen (blood, 69-70), P Lucid for Butler (70).

KILDARE – P Dermody; J Doran, M Moloney, P Curtin; D Harney, N O Muineachain, R Hoban; E O'Neill, M Fitzgerald; R Kelly, T Murphy, P Divilly; G Keegan, M Delaney, B Deay. Subs: K Whelan for O'Neill (52), R McLoughney for Delaney (58), R Casey for Kelly (68).

REF: S Cleere (Kilkenny).

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