Star man Nolan keeps Kingdom on the march
Kerry advanced to the semi-final of this competition after a hard-earned win over Kildare at St Conleth's Park.
The hosts started strongly and a run of four points gave them a three-point lead before Padraig Boyle levelled with an 18th-minute goal. The Ballyduff man followed up with a second before Shane Nolan converted a penalty to give Kerry a 3-9 to 0-11 interval lead.
Paul Dermody got Kildare back into the game with a goal from a 44th-minute penalty, but Kerry finished strongly to secure the victory.
Scorers – Kerry: S Nolan 1-8 (6fs, 0-1 '65', 1-0 pen), P Boyle 2-2, D O'Connell, J Egan 0-2 each, M Boyle, D Butler, P Lucid, S Weir 0-1 each. Kildare: P Divilly 0-5 (4fs), G Keegan 0-3, P Dermody 1-0 (pen), D Harney, M Delaney, E O'Neill (1 s/l) 0-2 each, M Fitzgerald, B Deay 0-1 each.
Kerry: T Flynn; B Murphy, T Murnane, D Fitzell; S Weir, D Dineen, T Casey; D O'Connell, J Egan; D Collins, S Nolan, C Harty; P Boyle, M Boyle, D Butler. Subs: J Griffin for Casey (52), K Carmody for Harty (61), P Lucid for Dineen blood (69-70), P Lucid for Butler (70).
Kildare: P Dermody; J Doran, M Moloney, P Curtin; D Harney, N Ó Muineacháin, R Hoban; E O'Neill, M Fitzgerald; R Kelly, T Murphy, P Divilly; G Keegan, M Delaney, B Deay. Subs: K Whelan for O'Neill (52), R McLoughney for Delaney (58), R Casey for Kelly (68).
Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny).
Mikey Lee and Andy O'Brien shared a 3-11 tally as Wicklow resurrected their challenge with a six-point victory over Armagh at the Athletic Grounds.
Declan Coulter netted a 10th-minute penalty to ease Armagh ahead. O'Brien hit the net twice, either side of an Armagh goal from Conor Corvan. Coulter fired home a second penalty, but Lee's goal sealed Wicklow's win.
Scorers – Wicklow: A O'Brien 2-4, M Lee 1-7 (0-4f), J O'Neill 0-3, C Moorehouse, D Staunton 0-2 each, E Kearns 0-1. Armagh: D Coulter 2-5 (2-0 pens, 4fs), C Corvan 1-0, F Bradley 0-3, J Corvan, R Gaffney 0-2 each, P Bradley 0-1.
Wicklow: T Kennedy; G Bermingham, S Kelly, L Moloney; G Byrne, J Henderson, B Cuddihy; E Kearns, R Keddy; C Moorehouse, K Lee, J O'Neill; A O'Brien, S Byrne, D Staunton. Subs: E Dunne for Moloney, P Doran for O'Neill.
Armagh: S Doherty; C Devlin, C Clifford, M Garvey; S Reneghan, N Curry, C McAnallen; F Bradley, P Gaffney; D Coulter, J Corvan, K McKernan; C Corvan, R Gaffney, P Hughes. Subs: D Mone for Devlin, L McKee for Garvey, N Greene for Curry.
Referee: S Keane (Galway).
A FIVE-STAR performance in Dundalk saw Donegal cruise to an all-Ulster semi-final clash with Tyrone with goals coming from Danny Cullen, Paddy Hannigan, Sean McVeigh (2) and Ciaran Matthewson.
Scorers – Donegal: C Matthewson 1-7 (4f), S McVeigh 2-3, D Cullen 1-2, P Hannigan 1-0, K Campbell, E Organ 0-1 each. Louth: D Murphy 0-8 (7fs), D Mahony 1-0, P Lynch 0-1.
Referee: C Cunning (Antrim).
A free from Joe O'Brien two minutes from time earned Longford a deserved draw in a dress rehearsal for next month's Lory Meagher final. O'Brien was the star with 10 scores.
Scorers – Longford: J O'Brien 0-10 (7fs), G Ghee 0-4, C Kavanagh 1-1, L Kelly 0-2, P Barden 0-1. Fermanagh: 0-6 (5f, '65), R Bogue 0-4 (4f), R Porteous 2-0, S Curran 0-2, B McGarry, J Duffy, B Duffy 0-1 each.
Referee: L McAuley (Antrim).
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