REPORT/PHOTOS: Kerry’s Season Starts With Defeat To Clare

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Mike O’Halloran saw Kerry take a beating from Clare in the opening match of the Munster Hurling League in Limerick yesterday…

Clare 4-20

Kerry 0-12

The Kerry team. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

The official score in the referees book at the end of the Munster Hurling League was Clare 4-20 Kerry 0-12.

Three sports journalists covering the game for national newspapers had Clare scoring one point less, I too had Clare scoring 4-19. There was no scoreboard at the venue.

Shane Conway made his debut for the Kerry senior hurlers today, it was also the first match day for the new Kerry Hurling supremo Paudie Dineen who left his sick bed to fulfil his duties as Kerry Hurling Officer.

I spoke to him after the game and you would not guess that a few hours earlier he was in his sick bed so enthused and energised was he by the game.

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Paudie has been involved in hurling all his life and is really enjoying coming to terms with his his new role as the top man in Kerry Hurling.

Action from the game. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

The game was changed from Sixmilebridge to the LIT grounds at the back of Thomond Park, while the field wad in good underfoot, there were no creature comforts for either the players or the supporters.

Clare were 1-3 up before Shane Conway set Padraig Boyle up for Kerry’s opening score on ten minutes, the Clare goal coming from the stick of David Reidy. Clare added a further three points before Shane Nolan had a pointed free six minutes later.

On 25 minutes Jack Goulding fielded a ball, he was fouled, Dan Collins pointed the free, Daithi Griffin who was excellent through out added two points before halftime.

Shane O’Donnell and Cathal O’Connell had a goal each for Clare to leave the halftime score Clare 3-11 Kerry 0-5.

Action from the game. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

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Kerry had racked up nine wides in the first half and Shane Conway had a gilt-edged goal chance saved.

Maurice O’Connor and Philip Lucid replaced Jack Goulding and Colum Harty for the second half, but it was the Clare substitute Colin Guilfoyle who added two points within seven minutes of the restart.

Shane Nolan had a pointed free, Bobby Duggan a second half sub for Clare made it Clare 4-16 to 0-6 when he scored a goal and a point sixteen minutes into the second half.

Before the end, Shane Nolan added five points with Daniel collins adding one, one of Nolan’s points was a great team score, Martin Stackpoole pucked out to Daithi Griffin he transferred the ball to Collins who passed to Shane and he slotted it.

Padraig Boyle captains Kerry. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Padraig Boyle brought a class save from Donal Touhy late in the game. This was just the test Kerry needed to prepare for the main event which is to progress in the NHL, they travel to London on January 28 in their quest to get back to Division 1B.

Kerry: Martin Stackpoole, Niall O’Mahony, Jason Diggins (Johnny Buckley) Sean Weir, Dougie Fitzell, Jack Goulding (Philip Lucid) Brendan O’Leary, Shane Nolan (0.6), Daithi Griffin (0.2),
Colum Harty (Maurice O’Connor) Daniel Collins (0.2), Jordan Conway, Padraig Boyle (0.1) (Evan Murphy), Brandon Barrett, Shane Conway (0.1) (Daniel O’Carroll).

Kerry supporters at the game. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Kerry supporters at the game. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

Kerry supporters at the game. Photo by Mike O’Halloran

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