Keegan treble sets up Lilies stroll into decider
Kildare 5 -17 Kerry 1-12
A flurry of early goals and a late scoring flourish eased Kildare into the All-Ireland U-21 'B' Hurling final.
Hat-trick-hero Gerry Keegan set them on the way to their first ever decider in this competition, netting two goals inside the opening four minutes.
SCORERS -- Kildare: G Keegan 3-2, M Delaney 1-3, C O'Hehir 0-6 (4f), F Lohan 1-0, M Fitzgerald 0-3, C Kenny 0-2 (1 '65'), F Conway 0-1. Kerry: S Nolan 1-5 (3f), B Brosnan 0-3 (2 '65'), PJ Connolly 0-2, C Fitzell, M Delaney 0-1 each.
Kerry -- K Fitzgibbon, S Leen, J Bowler, K Orpen, J P O'Mahony, A Fealy, A Carroll, B Brosnan, M Delaney, C Harty, S Dowling, S Weir, S Nolan, C Fitzell (capt), P J Connolly. Subs: O Kelly for JP O'Mahony (25), K Conner for C Fitzell (51), B O'Leary for M Delaney (51), S Godley for PJ Connolly.
Kildare -- P McKenna, R McGrath, M Carter, D Mac Donnadha, S O'Flynn, M Purcell (capt), K Whelan, L McDonagh, M Fitzgerald, P Cocoman, C Kenny, R Kelly, C O'Hehir, G Keegan, S Gainey. Subs: M Delaney for S Gainey (17), D O' Flaherty for C O'Hehir (49), R Bergin for G Keegan (57), F Conway for C Kenny (58) F Lohan for P Cocoman (58).
REF -- P Murphy (Carlow)