Allianz Hurling League Division 2A
Courtesy of GAA.ie
Next weekend’s Leinster derby at Glenisk O’Connor Park will be a straight shoot-out for a place in the Division 2A final of this year’s Allianz League, after the two protagonist’s in that game tomorrow week, Kildare and Offaly, both picked up good home wins yesterday afternoon.
After a nip and tuck first quarter, with Gavin Dooley’s brace of points from play for the Kingdom lighting up a game where the freetaking of Pádraig Boyle, Shane Conway and James Burke was the main source of points, Kildare took over for the remainder of the first half, rattling off seven scores unanswered to take an 0-14 to 0-6 interval lead.
Kerry were much improved after half-time and dragged the lead back to four points, before they were rocked by a goal from Brian Byrne. Again Kerry picked themselves up, with Conway leading their attacking charge, but a second goal from Gerry Keegan on the hour mark left them with too much to do, and Kildare were able to ease to a fourth consecutive win in this year’s league, and their 14th in a row in all competitions, stretching back through this year’s Kehoe Cup and last year’s Christy Ring Cup.