PHOTOS/REPORT: Kerry Go To Town On Royal County In Tralee

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Mike O’Halloran on Kerry’s convincing win against Meath in Tralee in their Allianz National League 2A game today…

Kerry 3-19

Meath 1-9

Action from the game. Photo by Dermot Crean

I WROTE in a preview of this game that Kerry should not Meath for granted and on this display today they didn’.

Kerry, playing into a strong cold wind, were a point up after a minute from Shane Conway, butMeath struck back immediately with a goal from Alan Douglas.

Brandon Barrett and Joe Keena exchanged points before points from Shane Conway and Padraig Boyle drew Kerry level.

A Jack Goulding blitz of two goals and a point buried the Meath challenge after ten minutes of play — Jack’s second goal came after his first effort was parried by Shane McGann the Meath keeper and after a few seconds of confusion in the Meath box Jack blasted the ball home.

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Plain sailing from here on with Kerry causing Meath all sorts of problems at the back and up front, the mobile skilful full forward line were very industrious and full of ideas.

The score at halftime read Kerry 2-9 Meath 1-3, with Shane Conway throwing over a brace of points, Daithi Griffin added one and Brendan O’Leary finished the first half scoring with a point.

On 37 minutes, Shane Conway stood over a free he struck it towards the goal the Meath fullback made an error and the ball ended up crossing the white wash between the posts and under the bar for a goal.

By the 46th minute, Martin Stackpole the Kerry keeper had joined in the action by slapping over a point to leave the score at that stage Kerry 3-11 Meath 1-6.

Jack Goulding, Padraig Boyle and Tomas O’Connor added a point each in the next seven minutes.

Jack Goulding, who is known as a side line cut expert in Ballyduff since he was in nappies, showed the Kerry football supporters his skill with a beautifully executed cut to split the posts.

His Ballyduff teammate and Kerry captain Padraig Boyle added three further points with Brandon Barrett adding one.

What a pity the Kerry football supporters didn’t make a better effort to support the hurlers.

Next up for Kerry is Westmeath in Mulling. Kerry will travel with a sixteen point win under their belt, while Westmeath only came away with a five point win over London.

The Meath bus driver must have had the engine running from early in the game ready for the trip home only for a van to block his escape for quite a while despite appeals from the PA announcer inside the stadium.

Kerry —  Martin Stackpoole,(0.01), John Buckley, Bryan Murphy, Sean Weir, Tomas O’Connor(0.01), Michael Boyle, Daniel Collins, Brandon Barrett(0.02), Daithi Griffin(0.01), Paudie O’Connor, Padraig Boyle(0.05), Brendan O’Leary(0.01), Jack Goulding (2.03),Shane Conway(1.04)Jordan Conway(0.01),
Replacements used,Barry O’Mahony, Darren Dineen, Daniel Carroll, Fionan Horgan, Colum Harty.


Padraig Boyle about to get his shot away. Photo by Dermot Crean


Head to head…Shane Brennan of Meath is challenged by Paudie O’Connor. Photo by Dermot Crean

Sean Weir of Kerry is challenged by James Toher. Photo by Dermot Crean

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