Christy Ring Cup – Kerry 0-14 Derry 0-8

Nolan stars as Kerry continue fine run

By Murt Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 0-14 Derry 0-08

Shane Nolan fired Kerry into the last four of the Christy Ring Cup with a nine point haul at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Saturday. Kerry had the strong wind in the opening half but shot nine wides as they led 0-10 to 0-4 at the interval with Nolan on target eight times. But the Kingdom opted for blanket defence on the restart and despite the efforts of Paddy Henry, Kevin Hinphey and Conor McSorley there was no way Derry could overturn the deficit. Kerry boss Tom Howard admitted: “The conditions ruined it as a game; it made the game very fragmented. We got our noses in front by half-time) and we had to rethink our strategy for the second half. ”

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan 0-9 (0-7 frees), J Egan 0-2, D O’Connell 0-1 free, D Dineen and C Harty 0-1 each

Scorers for Derry: P Henry 0-4 (frees), B Rodgers 0-2, K Hinphey and C McSorley 0-1 each

KERRY: B Rochford, R Horgan, L Boyle, P Costello, D O’Connell, T Murnane, D Dineen, J Griffin, D Collins, J Egan, G O’Brien, C Harty, W O’Dwyer, A Boyle, S Nolan

Sub: P Boyle for W O’Dwyer (64)

DERRY: D McDermott, M Warn, P Kelly, J McCloskey, R McCloskey, L Hinphey, M Hagen, C Convery, B Quigley, B Rodgers, A Grant, K Hinphey, P Cleary, O McCloskey, P Henry.

Subs: M Kirkpatrick for C Convery (48), S Farren for B Quigley (58), C McSorley for B Rodgers (60)

Referee: Pat Casey (Waterford)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Derry in Round 2 of the Christy Ring Cup in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday at 1 pm shows 3 personnel changes and a number of positional changes from the side that started the opening Round game against Down. Rory Horgan comes into the full back line, John Egan comes in at wing forward and Gary O’Brien returns at centre forward. Brian Murphy, Brendan Brosnan and the exam-tied Brendan O’Leary are the players to lose out.

The team is as follows:

1. Bernard Rochford Killeagh (Cork)

2. Rory Horgan St Brendans

3. Liam Boyle Ballyduff

4. Paud Costello Ballyduff (Captain)

5. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

6. Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

7. Darren Dineen St Brendans

8. John Griffin Lixnaw

9. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

10. John Egan St Brendans

11. Gary O’Brien Ballyduff

12. Colm Harty Causeway

13. Willie O’Dywer Mullinavat (Kilkenny)

14. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff (Captain)

15. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

16. P.J. Gorman Ballyduff

17. Patrick O’Keeffe Glenflesk

18. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

19. Brian Murphy Causeway

20. Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

21. David Fitzell Kilmoyley

22. Pa Joe Connolly Ballyduff

23. Sean Maunsell Kilmoyley

24. Tommy Barrett Causeway

25. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

26. Ally O’Connor Ballyduff

27. Jason Leahy Causeway



Manager: Tom Howard

Trainer: Fergie O’Loughlin

Selectors: Padraig Regan, (Kilmoyley); Mike Burke (Causeway); Noel Browne (Ballyduff)