Nolan leads the way for Kingdom's young guns
Kerry 1-12 Wicklow 3-5
Kerry's young guns just held on to record their second league win in a nail-biting match at Austin Stack Park.
Kerry had the wind in the opening half and started brightly, with Shane Nolan and Darragh O'Connell scoring two points each.
But Wicklow struck back and took the lead when Bosco O'Neill set up Wayne O'Gorman, who blasted the ball to the net.
Kerry responded well, however, with John Griffin and Brendan O'Leary playing well.
And the home side's hard work paid off when they grabbed a vital goal, when O'Leary found Nolan, who rounded his marker and shot past the Wicklow 'keeper.
Kerry led 1-7 to 1-3 at the interval but had to face a stiff breeze in the second half and Wicklow notched 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, but Kerry refused to buckle.
In excellent form for them were Bernard Rochford, Tom Murnane, O'Connell and young Daniel Collins, who all hurled superbly.
And points from Griffin, Nolan, O'Connell and Willie O'Dwyer saw Kerry survive by a single point.
Man of the match: D O'Connell (Kerry)
SCORERS – Kerry: S Nolan 1-5 (0-2f), 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.
KERRY – B Rochford 8; P O'Keeffe 7, T Murnane 8, R Horgan 7; T Barrett 6, D O'Connell 9, D Dineen 7; D Fitzell 6, J Griffin 8; B O'Leary 8, G O'Brien 6, J Egan 5; S Nolan 8, A Boyle 7, D Collins 8. Subs: P Boyle 6 for Egan (inj 16), P J Connolly 6 for Fitzell (25), S Maunsell 6 for O'Brien (61), W O'Dwyer 7 for Boyle (65).
WICKLOW – J Murphy 7; P Keane 5, B Cuddihy 7, E Dunne 7; J Henderson 5, S Kelly 7, G Byrne 7; E Kearns 8, B Osborne 7; W O'Gorman 8, R Keddy 8, S Byrne 7; A O'Brien 8, J O'Neill 6, M Lee 6. Subs: G Bermingham 6 for Henderson (42), R Byrne 6 for Keane (45), C Moorhouse 6 for Byrne (46), S Kinsella 6 for O'Neill (57).
REF – D O'Driscoll (Limerick).