Tuesday 12 December 2017

Nolan gets Kerry back on target

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Shane Nolan was the hero as Kerry kept their hopes of promotion alive an entertaining tussle at St Conleth's Park.

KERRY 2-16

Shane Nolan was the hero as Kerry kept their hopes of promotion alive an entertaining tussle at St Conleth's Park.

Kildare began well with points from Paul Divilly and Gerry Keegan inside five minutes but Nolan was in solid form from placed balls and scored six points to give Kerry a 0-9 to 0-8 half-time lead.

Nolan continued to be the Kildare scourge after the resumption. The Crotta O'Neills marksman had a powerful shot deflected magnificently over the bar by Paul Dermody in the 47th minute but was not to be denied.

Just a minute later, there was nothing that the Kildare netminder could do to stop Nolan's low drive and the goal made it 1-12 to 0-10.

Kildare quickly reduced the margin to a goal but fortunately for Kerry, Nolan kept delivering and he bagged a second goal in the 59th minute as the Kingdom pushed eight points clear.

Kildare substitute Mark Delaney shook the rigging five minutes later and a Paudie Reidy point reduced the margin to a goal once more but they couldn't make further inroads and Tom Howard's men took the honours.

Scorers – Kerry: S Nolan 2-10 (0-7f, 0-1 '65'), D O'Connell (1f), P Boyle 0-2 each, W Dwyer, J Griffin 0-1 each. Kildare: P Divilly 0-7 (f); G Keegan 0-4, M Delaney 1-1, D Butler, B Nolan, P Reidy, R Kelly 0-1 each

Kerry: B Rochford; P O'Keeffe, L Boyle, T Barrett; B Murphy, T Murnane, D O'Connell; J Griffin, D Collins; J Connolly, D Dineen, B O'Leary; W Dwyer, A Boyle, S Nolan. Subs: B Brosnan for Murphy (30), P Boyle for Connolly (h-t), C Harty for Collins (54)

Kildare: P Dermody; J Doran, F Ó Muineacháin, P Curtin; N Ó Muineacháin, R Hoban, P Reidy; M Moloney, K Divilly; D Butler, M Purcell, P Divilly; D Harney, B Nolan, G Keegan. Subs: R Kelly for Hoban (14), M Delaney for Nolan (45), D Kennedy for Harney (45), P Downey for Kelly (47)

Referee: J O'Connell (Cork)



JM Sheridan fired over nine points as Fingal kept their promotion hopes alive at Croke Park last night.

Sheridan shot 0-6 in the first half but it was one of his poorer attempts that led to Dave Smyth's goal on seven minutes. Sheridan's weak shot was tapped out from the under the crossbar by keeper Mark Curry, allowing Smyth to bat to the net.

Fermanagh were creating chances, though, and Brendan McGarry, John Duffy and a Sean Corrigan scores kept them in touch, before Corrigan flicked a sideline to the net to put the Erne County 1-3 to 1-2 up on 19 minutes.

Then Sheridan caught fire for Fingal in the next 15 minutes with five points but Fermanagh went in just three behind – a Rory Porteous score the pick of the bunch.

Fingal looked like pulling away after the break but Porteous bundled in a 46th-minute goal to make it 1-10 to 2-6.

The final quarter was nip and tuck as a Corrigan free levelled it on the hour but the pacy Dean Flood and Peter Daly pushed Fingal ahead late on, before Sheridan and then Smyth had the final say.

Scorers – Fingal: JM Sheridan 0-9 (5f), D Smyth 1-2, D Flood, B McCarthy 0-2 each, P Daly 0-1. Fermanagh: S Corrigan 1-3 (0-3f), J Duffy 0-3 (2f), R Porteous 1-1, B McGarry 0-2, J P McGarry 0-1.

Fingal: H Murray-Hession; N Feeney, D Markey, A Morris; N Ring, D Vaughan, P Sheridan; D Hattie, A Richardson; D Flood, P Daly, JM Sheridan; C O'Flynn, D Smyth, B McCarthy. Subs: R Sheridan for Hattie (54), I Kennedy for P Sheridan (56), A Rooney for McCarthy (63), K O'Flynn for Daly (71).

Fermanagh: M Curry; E Morrissey, E Mahon, C Rice; F Bannon, K Kehoe, R Bogue; J Duffy, B Smyth; A Breslin, J P McGarry, R Porteous; S Corrigan, B McGarry, S Curran. Subs: D McGarry for B McGarry, (26), D McPhillips for Curry (36), B McGarry for B (63), M Beggan for Porteous (68)

Referee: B Sweeney (Cavan)

Kilkenny CBS 1-12

Mercy, Galway 0-10

Favourites Kilkenny CBS eventually overcame the resistance of Mercy Colleges, Galway in an enthralling semi-final at Banagher.

Inspired by man of the match Kevin Kenny, Kilkenny CBS were tested by the gritty Galwegians.

Kilkenny CBS certainly provided glimpses of their considerable potential early on, but Mercy Colleges responded with Shane Caufield and Jason Flynn outstanding. Flynn's classy contribution, combined with fine scores from Kevin McHugo (2) and Eoin Morrissey, ensured Mercy Colleges departed at the break armed with a 0-7 to 0-4 advantage.

But, by the end of the third quarter, Kilkenny CBS were back level at 0-8 each and with the issue delicately poised, Shane Cuddihy's clever handpass released Kenny, who smashed a shot past Cathal Tuohy for Kilkenny CBS to close the deal.

Scorers – Kilkenny CBS: K Kenny 1-4, N Mullins, P Cahill (1f) 0-2 each, M McWey, L Scanlan, P Delahanty, G Kelly 0-1 each. Mercy Colleges: J Flynn 0-6 (3f, 2 '65'), K McHugo 0-2, S Caufield (1 '65'), E Morrissey 0-1 each.

Kilkenny CBS: D Holohan; C McGrath, E Cody, D Scott; C Cahill, R Fitzpatrick, P Deegan; N Mullins, L Scanlan; G Kelly, K Kenny, P Delahanty; M McWey, S Cuddihy, P Cahill. Sub: G Byran for C Cahill (58).

Mercy Colleges: C Tuohy; S Pierce, C Nevin, L Uniacke; C Kelly, S Caufield, P English; J Flynn, O Coyle; C Dillon, D Sweeney, E Morrissey; G Loughnane, M O'Brien, K McHugo. Sub: C Gardiner for Loughnane (49).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)

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