Wednesday 21 March 2018

O'Sullivan strike turns the tide for Kerry as they see off fancied Meath

All-Ireland MHC 'B' Final

A more skilful Kerry side were crowned champions at a wet Nenagh when their never-say-die attitude and middle-third dominance proved too much for a fancied Meath side.

The Royal County had the better start, thanks to a fortuitous early Jack Fagan goal.

Kerry were on level terms by the 10th minute, thanks to two Philip Lucid frees and an Aaron Murphy point from play and then, in the 11th minute, came a crucial Kerry goal from Fionan O'Sullivan.

Kerry led 1-12 to 1-5 at the interval so Meath needed a good start to the second half, but instead it was Kerry who again dominated the third quarter, adding four unanswered points, from O'Leary, Lucid, Paudie O'Connor and Aaron Murphy, as they moved 12 points clear with just 12 minutes left.

Meath rallied and struck for two late goals by Jack Regan, one from a penalty in the 49th minute and another from a close-in free in the 53rd minute.

But a late Kevin Bowler point sealed a deserved All-Ireland win for the Kingdom and their Limerick coach Pat Ryan.

SCORERS – Kerry: P Lucid 0-7 (4fs), F O'Sullivan 1-0, M O'Leary, P O'Connor 0-3 each, K Bowler, D O'Carroll, A Murphy 0-2 each. Meath: J Regan 2-2 (1-0 pen, 1-1fs), J Fagan 1-1, G McGowan 0-3, L Ferguson, C Bird 0-1 each.

KERRY – S Murphy; D Shanahan, C Kearney, J Barrett; M Lynch, K Carmody, S O'Sullivan; P Lucid, P O'Connor; D O'Carroll, J Brick, A Murphy; F O'Sullivan, M O'Leary, J Wallace. Subs: P O'Shea for Barrett (44), K Bowler for Brick (45), C Doncel for F O'Sullivan (55)

MEATH – N O'Sullivan; L Ferguson, L Ricard, C Shirren; D Reilly, C Bird, L Swayne; S Kelly, J Fagan; K Dixon, J Regan, R Raleigh; M Healy, G McGowan, S Doyle. Subs: S Quigley for Dixon (h-t), M Healy for Doyle (45), K Ryan for Kelly (46).

REF – J Heffernan (Wexford)

Kenny on course for minor double

All-Ireland MHC 'C' final

MAYO hurlers tasted rare All-Ireland glory in Carrick-on-Shannon, where they defeated Monaghan to claim the title for the first time.

Another piece of history was made on the day as David Kenny, who will be lining out for the Mayo minor footballers against Tyrone in the All-Ireland final on Sunday week, put himself in contention for a minor double with this victory.

Kenny was named among the substitutes but wasn't called on as Mayo were well in control of the game leading by 1-14 to 0-7 with just 10 minutes remaining.

Fergal Boland was the top gun for Mayo with six points as they led by 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time, Corey Scahill scoring the only goal of the game after 45 minutes.

Two minutes from time, Naoise Kenny, son of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who was in attendance, was sprung from the bench as Mayo swept to victory.

SCORERS – Mayo: F Boland 0-6 (5fs), C Scahill 1-3, J Coyne, M Lyons 0-2 each, C Canty, C Mulroy 0-1 each. Monaghan: D Meegan 0-7 (2fs, 2 '65's), R Curram 0-1.

REF – J Clarke (Down)

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