Kerry Hurlers secure opening round win over Antrim
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Allianz Hurling League Division 2A
Kerry’s hurlers caused the first shock of the new Allianz hurling league this afternoon when they overcame Antrim by 1-21 to 2-16 in Corrigan Park, the Ulster county finishing the game with 13 men after Nicky McKeague and Keelan Molloy were red carded.
In a hugely competitive Division 2A, Antrim manager Neal Peden was hoping to see his team carry their strong Kehoe Cup form into the League, but they were blown away by the Kingdom in the early stages, falling 1-7 to 0-1 behind after 15 minutes.
A mistake from a puckout let Jack Goulding fire in the opening goal, just two days after he came off the bench to put in a decent cameo performance for UL in the Fitzgibbon Cup.
Shane Conway was in superb form for the visitors, ending the day with 0-12, and his side looked very well poised at half time, 1-12 to 1-6 up, with Antrim down to 14.
Eoin O’Neill was the Antrim goalscorer and he added a second after half time, with the gap reducing to a single point at one stage.
Kerry regrouped however, with Shane Conway firing over the frees while Jordan Conway also tacked on 0-5.
Keelan Molloy’s dismissal for an off-the-ball incident added to Antrim’s problems but they still had a chance to salvage a draw, only for James McNaughton’s late free to sail over the crossbar when a goal was needed.