Wednesday 24 January 2018

O'Connell on song for Kerry

Kerry 1-15 Westmeath 1-13

The free-taking of Darragh O'Connell proved decisive as Kerry collected their second brace of league points after a desperately disappointing clash at Austin Stack Park in Tralee yesterday afternoon.

Westmeath failed to take advantage of the wind in the opening half as the returning Mike Conway excelled for Kerry at centre-back and the hosts led by 0-9 to 0-7 at the interval.

Westmeath were on level terms thanks to a sideline cut from Derek McNicholas that went all the way to Kerry net in 48th minute, but the Kingdom edged clear when Aidan Boyle appeared to get a touch to an O'Connell long free to divert the ball to the Westmeath net.

Points from Dan Carthy, Andrew Mitchell and Derek McNicholas kept Westmeath in touch, but a late point from substitute Ronan Kenny saw Kerry home.

Scorers -- Kerry: D O'Connell 0-9 (1 '65, 8f), A Boyle 1-0, L Boyle 0-2, M Conway (1f), D Dineen, M Boyle, R Kenny 0-1 each; Westmeath: D McNicholas 1-1, A Mitchell 0-3 (1 '65, 1f), D Carthy (3f), B Murtagh 0-3 each, P Gilsenan, N Flanagan, N Dowdall 0-1 each.

Kerry: B Rochford; J Godley, T Murnane, C Harris; A Royle, M Conway, P O'Grady; P Costelloe, D Dineen; S Nolan, L Boyle, M Boyle; J Egan, A Boyle, D O'Connell. Subs: E Fitzgerald for A Royle (29), R Kenny for A Boyle (65), T Moloney for S Nolan (68).

Westmeath: P Burke; R Whelan, A McGrath, E Price; P Gilsenan, A Mitchell, J Shaw; J Clarke, N Flanagan; B Smyth, B Murtagh, C Flanagan; C Curley, D McNicholas, D Carthy Subs: N Dowdall for C Curley (34), B Leharte for J Shaw (40).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork).

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