Friday 20 April 2018

Brick builds platform for Kerry's dismissal of Royals

Kerry 3-30
Meath 3-10
Derry 3-12
Mayo 1-7
London 4-7
Armagh 1-15

The gulf in class between Kerry and visitors Meath was obvious from 10 minutes into this mismatch, played at Austin Stack Park in Tralee yesterday as Shane Brick inspired the Kingdom to their third win on the trot.

Kerry scored 1-5 without reply between the 10th and the 15th minutes, with Gary O'Brien scoring the goal in the 14th minute. Shane Brick added three points with Darragh O'Connell and O'Brien getting one apiece.

Brick continued to plunder points from frees and from play while O'Brien struck for his second goal in the 18th minute as Kerry led 2-14 to 1-6 at the interval.

Kerry introduced youngsters Colm Harty and James Flaherty for the second half and both scored as the Kingdom continued their fast and slick striking.

Wing-forward Mikey Boyle added five points from play and O'Connell bagged three excellent efforts. Brick brought his tally to an impressive 0-15 as the Kingdom cruised to victory.

Scorers -- Kerry: S Brick 0-15 (0-6f, 0-2 '65's),G O'Brien 2-1, M Boyle 0-6, M Conway 1-1, D O'Connell 0-4, JM Dooley, J Flaherty, C Harty 0-1 each. Meath: N Hackett 1-2 (0-2f), S Clynch 0-4 ( 0-1f, 0-1 '65), P Durnin 1-1, J Keena 1-0, P Keogh, Garvey, N Horan 0-1 each.

Kerry -- J B O'Halloran; C Harris, A Healy, A Keane; J McCarthy, L Boyle, J Casey; M Conway, J Griffin; M Boyle, S Brick, D O'Connell; J M Dooley, G O'Brien, S Nolan Subs: C Harty for J M Dooley (h-t), J Flaherty for S Nolan (h-t), J Godley for G O'Brien (55), N Young for C Harris (60), J Fitzgerald for J McCarthy (60).

Meath -- S Quinn; M Foley, E Fitzgerald, B Coughlan; M Horan, S O'Donoghue, J Boyle; P Keogh, S Clynch; P Garvey, N Horan, P Durnin; J Keena, N Hackett, K Keena Subs: D O'Donoghue for J Keena (33), M Lynch for M Horan (48), P Fagan for M Foley (62), G Murphy for K Keena (62), D Muldoon for B Coughlan (68).

Ref -- M O'Connor (Limerick).

Mayo slumped to their second home defeat at McHale Park, Castlebar yesterday where a physically stronger Derry team prevailed convincingly.

Goals in either half from Paddy Henry were the defining scores as Mayo's defence were left hopelessly exposed. The game died as a contest when Oisin McCloskey fired home Derry's third goal 15 minutes from time, though there was a consolation goal for Mayo five minutes from the end from substitute Niall Murphy

Derry led at the interval by a goal -- 1-4 to 0-4 -- Henry finding the net with his boot on 25 minutes.

It was the free-taking of Brian Moran which kept Mayo in the game in the first half, with all of their four points coming from his frees, but Mayo could well have been level at the break after a close-range effort from Kenny Feeney was stopped on line.

SCORES -- Derry: P Henry 2-1, O McCloskey 1-2, P Convery 0-4 ('65), K Hinphey, S McNicholl 0-2 each, M Craig 0-1. Mayo: B Moran 0-4 (0-4f), N Murphy 1-1, K Higgins 0-2.

DERRY -- D McDermott; S McCullagh, S Henry, A McCloskey; L Himphey, C Brunton, M Craig; K Hinphey, S McNicholl; P Convery, P Henry, P McCloskey; M Conway, O McCloskey. Subs: P Sweeney for Henry (52), A Grant for McNicholl (55), A Kelly for Brennan (59).

MAYO -- D O'Brien; K McGrath, C Ryan, B Higgins; S Morley, K Higgins, P Barrett; D McConn, S Hunt; S Hoban, D McDonnell, B Moran; R Cullinane, D Dowling, K Feeney. Subs: N Murphy for Hunt (34), D Gallagher for Cullinane (40), M Devaney for B Moran (45), K Robinson for McDonnell (55).

Ref -- P Greene (Galway).

LONDON'S thirst for goals stood them in good stead in this lively encounter at Crossmaglen yesterday where two in each half underpinned their victory.

Adrian Healy and Martin Finn netted in the first half but the visitors still trailed by 0-10 to 2-3 at the break, with Paul McCormack and Paul Breen sharing the scoring honours for the hosts.

Substitute Tom Toomey proved London's hero when he swooped for two goals in the third quarter which were supplemented and although they lost Colm Forde and goalscorer Finn to second yellow cards late in the game, London managed to hold on.

Scorers -- London: T Toomey 2-0, M Finn 1-2 (1-0f), A Healy 1-0, R O'Connell 0-3, K Kennedy, C Quinn 0-1 each. Armagh: P Breen 0-6 (0-5f), C McCann, P McCormack 0-4 each, P McArdle 1-0, F Bradley 0-1.

LONDON -- JJ Burke; C Burke, M Ryan, N Cody; M Fitzsimmons, C Forde, F Tierney; N Forde, K Kennedy; J McCormack, C Quinn, R O'Connell; A Healy, J Houlahan, M Finn. Subs: G Fitzgerald for Tierney (25), D Maher for Houlahan (36), T Toomey for Healy (40).

ARMAGH -- J Burke; B Mallon, P McArdle, F McMullan; B Breen, E McDonnell, B McCormack; K McKernan, C Carvill; R Gaffney, P McCormack, J Corvan; C McCann, P Breen, F Bradley. Subs: G Enright for Mallon (h-t), P Cunningham for Carvill (65).

Ref -- R Matthews (Antrim).

Irish Independent

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