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Hastings Cup Round 1 2015-01-03 21:32:00

Kerry 0-13 Roscommon 1-10

Kerry Under 21 Footballers began their preparation for the Munster Football Championship meeting with either Limerick or Cork on March 18th when a late Roscommon point deprived the Kingdom of victory in this Hastings Cup Rd. 1 game in Gort on Saturday evening. The tournament, organised by the Longford County Board, has sixteen counties taking part broken down into groups of four with Kerry grouped with Roscommon, Cavan and Meath.
Kerry had got off to the better start and led by 4 points to 1 after 16 minutes with Conor Keane getting two of those scores. Roscommon had the better of the scoring during the second quarter and actually led at the break by 6 points to 5.
Points by Micheál Burns, Brian Crowley and Jack Savage saw the sides on level terms at the three quarter stage but then a Roscommon goal put three points between the sides. The sides swapped three points each with Crowley, Savage and Dara Roche contributing to Kerry’s total and a point by Micheál Burns in the 59th minute looked to have given Kerry victory but Roscommon were not to be denied the draw with a late equaliser.
Darragh O'Shea (Ballydonoghue), Cathal Murphy (Rathmore), Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Cormac Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys), Padraig O' Conchúir (Dingle), Ronan Murphy (Beaufort), Conor Jordan (Austin Stacks), Barry O'Sullivan (Dingle), Greg Horan (Austin Stacks), Micheál Burns (Dr Crokes), Brian Crowley (Templenoe), Matthew Flaherty (Dingle), Dara Roche (Glenflesk), Niall Sheehy (John Mitchels), Conor Keane (Killarney Legion). Subs: Tom O'Sullivan (Dingle), Eanna O' Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht), Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht), Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahillys), Killian Spillane (Templenoe).
Round 2, against Cavan, is fixed for Emo outside Portlaoise on Saturday next (2pm) and the final group game is on January 17th against Meath at a venue yet to be decided.