Friday 15 December 2017

Nolan goal edges it for Kingdom in nailbiter

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Kerry 1-12
Wicklow 3-5

Kerry just held on to record their second league win in this nail-biting clash with Wicklow, played as a curtain-raiser to the Kerry-Down game at the Austin Stack Park next Saturday night.

Kerry just held on to record their second league win in this nail-biting clash with Wicklow, played as a curtain-raiser to the Kerry-Down game at the Austin Stack Park next Saturday night.

Kerry had the wind in the opening half and started brightly, with Shane Nolan and Darragh O'Connell scoring two points each, but Wicklow took the lead when Bosco O'Neill set up Wayne O'Gorman, who blasted the ball to the net.

Kerry responded well with John Griffin and Brendan O'Leary playing well, and then Kerry struck for a vital goal, when O'Leary found Nolan, who rounded his marker to blast the ball to the net.

Kerry led 1-7 to 1-3 at the interval but had to face a stiff breeze in the second half – but Wicklow struck for an early goal when Jonathan O'Neill fired home a loose ball.

When Wicklow struck for a third goal through Andy O'Brien, the game was in the balance; however, Kerry refused to buckle – with both Tom Murnane and Darragh O'Connell outstanding and points from Griffin, Nolan, O'Connell and Willie O'Dwyer saw the Kingdom survive by a single point.

Scorers – Kerry: S Nolan 1-5 (2f), D O'Connell 0-3 (1f), P Boyle, D Collins, J Griffin, W O'Dwyer 0-1 each. Wicklow: W O'Gorman, J O'Neill (0-1f) 1-1 each, A O'Brien 1-0, R Keddy 0-2, E Kearns 0-1

Derry 1-17
Kildare 1-14

Derry came from six points down to earn a deserved win in the first instalment of last night's double header at Celtic Park.

Having missed a clutch of chances in the first half, Derry found themselves 1-8 to 0-7 behind, with Billy Nolan hammering home a super goal on 32 minutes.

The Lilywhites stretched their lead early in the second half but, with Alan Grant hitting four points from play, Derry roared back into the game.

With Kildare full-back Fiachra O Muineachain getting sent off for two yellow cards, the home team could even afford a missed penalty as Ruairi Convery's goal propelled them to victory.

Scorers – Derry: P Henry 0-8 (5f, 2 '65s'), R Convery 1-3 (2f), A Grant 0-4, P Cleary 0-2. Kildare: P Divilly 0-5 (3f), G Keegan 0-3 (2f), B Nolan 1-0, D Butler, E O'Neill 0-2 each, M Moloney, D Harney 0-1 each.

Mayo 4-16

Armagh 3-12

Two early second-half goals, including one from the penalty spot by goalkeeper Donal O'Brien, secured a first win in the league for Mayo at MacHale Park last night.

Wind-assisted Mayo took a 2-9 to 2-4 lead at half-time, having led at one stage by 10 points thanks to goals from Sean Regan and Stephen Hoban.

However, they leaked two goals in a space of a minute, with defensive errors punished by Conor Corvan and Declan Coulter, whose long-range free found the net after coming off Mayo's Kenny Feeney.

Regan added a second goal and his side's third as Mayo went 12 points clear with 20 minutes remaining. They held out for a worthy win, despite losing Derek McDonnell on a red card midway through the second half.

Down 2-24

Roscommon 1-12

This game was a must-win for Down after a disappointing start to their campaign.

Roscommon looked the livelier at first but then Down settled, with two points from Paul Braniff and one each from James Coyle and Danny Toner. Roscommon then added two points from Adrian Murphy.

Down got a grip and had a purple patch with points coming from Gareth Johnston, Toner, Gary Savage, and another two from Braniff sandwiched between a goal from Toner. Just before the sides went in for half-time, Down added a second goal thanks to Johnston.

Down started the second half in similar fashion and with another four points from Braniff were very much in control. With five minutes remaining, Roscommon had a goal and two points from Cathal Kelly, who was their best player.

Down finished with a Paul Sheehan point to wrap up the game, giving them their first points of the campaign.

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