Leinster Senior Hurling Championship – Kerry 2-19 Carlow 0-17

Kerry defeated Carlow by 2-19 to 0-17 in Round 1 of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin competition on Sunday May 1st at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Kerry make history by winning first ever Leinster SHC match

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin Series Round 1

Kerry 2-19 Carlow 0-17

By Paul Brennan at Austin Stack Park for GAA.ie

Another GAA first today when the Kerry hurlers became the first Munster county to play in the Leinster SHC, and the occasion was enhanced by a comfortable win by the Kingdom over Carlow at Austin Stack Park.

Kerry came into this historic match as favourites, and the Division 1B team justified that with a workmanlike, if not brilliant, performance against a Carlow side that hit far too many wides and never threatened the Kerry goals. A goal in either half from John Egan and Shane Nolan set the platform for Kerry’s win, but it took Nolan’s kicked 42nd minute goal for Kerry to put daylight between themselves and Carlow.

Egan’s goal came in the 13th minute when the sides were tied at 0-4 apiece, but it was the dozen wides Carlow registered while playing with a stiff breeze that did more damage to the Leinster men. Jack Kavanagh pointed the visitors first point from 70 metres after 25 seconds, an indication of the strength of the breeze, but scores from Egan, Nolan, Daniel Collins and Mikey Boyle had Kerry 0-4 to 0-1 ahead by the eighth minute.

Carlow had it back to 0-4 apiece before Colum Harty played in Egan and the St Brendan’s man hit low to the Carlow net. The next twenty minutes produced a small handful of points from either side as Kerry took a 1-6 to 0-7 lead to the break, but it was Carlow’s wastefulness, from play and long range frees, which proved most costly. Shane Nolan and Richard Kelly exchanged points early after the restart, but when the former kicked the sliotar, at the second attempt, underneath goalkeeper Brian Treacy it opened up a 2-7 to 0-8 Kerry lead and even with 30 minutes to play the result looked inevitable.

Carlow centre-forward Michael Kavanagh kept the visitors in touch as he found his range from play and frees, but the goal Carlow needed to get back in to the contest never looked like coming. John Griffin converted three fine scores from the Kerry midfield, with substitute Jordan Conway scoring two, as Kerry eased out to a 10-point lead, before Carlow brought it back to eight at the end.

Westmeath are next weekend’s visitors to Tralee for Round 2, and while manager Ciaran Carey will demand a serious improvement on performance for that one, Kerry’s historic foray into Leinster hurling is off to a winning start.

Scorers for Kerry: Shane Nolan (1-4, 0-3f), John Egan (1-3), John Griffin (0-3), Mikey Boyle (0-2), Jack Goulding (0-2), Jordan Conway (0-2), Daniel Collins (0-1), Michael O’Leary (0-1), Darren Dineen (0-1f)

Scorers for Carlow: Martin Kavanagh (0-8, 6f), John Michael Nolan (0-2), Jack Kavanagh (0-1), Richard Kelly (0-1), Seamus Murphy (0-1), Sean Murphy (0-1), James Doyle (0-1f), Conor Lawlor (0-1), Hugh Paddy O’Byrne (0-1)

Kerry: Aidan McCabe, Bryan Murphy, Patrick Kelly, Keith Carmody, Jason Diggins, Darren Dineen, Tom Murnane, John Griffin, Daniel Collins, Colum Harty, Michael O’Leary, Shane Nolan, Jack Goulding, Mikey Boyle, John Egan
Subs: Brendan O’Leary for C Harty (inj, 18 min), Jordan Conway for S Nolan (46 min), James O’Connor for B O’Leary (67 min), Brandon Barrett for J Goulding (67 mins), Dougie Fitzelle for B Murphy (69 mins)

Carlow: Brian Treacy, Ger Coady, Michael Ryan, Alan Corcoran, Diarmuid Byrne, Richard Coady, James O’Hara, Jack Kavanagh, Richard Kelly, Sean Murphy, Martin Kavanagh, Kevin McDonald, Seamus Murphy, James Doyle, John Michael Nolan
Subs: Ross Smithers for J Kavanagh (inj, 23 mins), Hugh Paddy O’Byrne for S Murphy (50 min), 18. Conor Lawlor for K McDonald (69 min)

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

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Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Carlow in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin Group, Round 1, at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday next (1pm) shows two changes in personnel from the side that defeated Laois in the Allianz Hurling League Playoff – Colum Harty comes into the half forward line instead of Brendan O’Leary and Jack Goulding starts in the corner instead of Jonathan Conway.

The team captained by Daniel Collins of Kilmoyley lines out as follows:

1. Aidan McCabe Kilmoyley

2. Bryan Murphy Causeway

3. Patrick Kelly Clarecastle

4. Keith Carmody Causeway

5. Jason Diggins Causeway

6. Darren Dineen St Brendans

7. Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

8. John Griffin Lixnaw

9. Daniel Collins(C) Kilmoyley

10. Colum Harty Causeway

11. Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney

12. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

13. Jack Goulding Ballyduff

14. Mikey Boyle Ballyduff

15. John Egan St Brendans

Fir Ionaid:

16. Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw

17. Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

18. John Buckley Lixnaw

19. Tommy Casey Causeway

20. Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley

21. Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills

22. Dougie Fitzelle Kilmoyley

23. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

24. Philip Lucid Ballyheigue

25. James O’Connor Abbeydorney

26. Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills


Bainisteoir: Ciaran Carey (Patrickswell)

Coach/Selector: Mark Foley (Adare)

Treanálaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)

Róghnoirí: James McCarthy (Kilmoyley), Michael Conway (Lixnaw)

Additional Players on Panel

Darragh Shanahan Kilmoyley

Jordon Brick Kilmoyley

P J Keane Abbeydorney

Mike Milner Dr Crokes

Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

Rory Horgan St Brendans

Stephen Murphy Causeway

Fionan Horgan St Brendans

Joseph Diggins Causeway

The Ballyduff pair, Paud Costelloe and Padraig Boyle, are rehabbing from injury.