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Laois overcome Kerry in Lenister SHC Round Robin in ASP Tralee   14/05/2017

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin

LAOIS 2-21 KERRY 3-15

By Paul Brennan at Austin Stack Park, Tralee Courtesy of GAA.IE

Laois qualified for a Leinster SHC quarter-final with Wexford on the back of this three-point win over Kerry in Tralee.

An improving Laois outfit were made to work hard by the Kingdom who came into this game with a fighting chance of reaching the next stage themselves.

Instead, Laois join Westmeath - who will play Offaly – in the quarter-finals, while Kerry retain their Leinster SHC status by virtue of scoring difference with Meath are relegated to next season's Christy Ring Cup.

Laois were, just about, the better team on show in Tralee, but Kerry kept them honest until the final puck as the home side chased what would have been their first Leinster quarter-final.

Ross King's expertise from placed balls, and the sending off of Kerry defender Sean Weir in the 46th minute, proved the difference.

Laois had got the perfect start to the first half with Neil Foyle scoring a second minute goal after Martin Stackpoole had initially saved well from Patrick Purcell, but Kerry were soon back on level terms with points from Jordan Conway, Mikey Boyle and two Shane Nolan frees to make it 1-1 to 0-4 after five minutes.

The next 30 minutes wasn’t exciting, with Nolan and Laois midfielder King sharing the next six points from frees, before Patrick Purcell and Nolan swapped points from play to make it 0-8 to 1-5 by the 25th minute.

Another score didn't arrive until first half added time when Aaron Dunphy scored a long range Laois point, but Kerry immediately hit back with two Shane Nolan goals within a minute to send Kerry to the interval with a 2-8 to 1-7 lead.

The home side really should have built on that momentum after the break, but instead it was Laois who upped the ante, and when Purcell found the net in the 41st minute the visitors led 2-10 to 2-8.

Laois kicked on with King converting three more frees as they extended their lead to 2-15 to 2-9, with Kerry disadvantaged by Weir's dismissal for a second yellow.

Mikey Boyle stole a Kerry goal from a 25-metre free to cut the gap to three points, but they couldn't get any closer as the numerical advantage told for Laois and they saw the game out with late scores from King and substitute Stephen Bergin to set up that meeting with Wexford.

Scorers for Laois: Ross King 0-13 (11fs, 1 '65'), Patrick Purcell 1-2, Neil Foyle 1-0, Sean Downey 0-1, Aaron Dunphy 0-1, Stephen Maher 0-1, Aidan Corby 0-1, Mark Kavanagh 0-1, Stephen Bergin 0-1.

Scorers for Kerry: Shane Nolan 2-6 (4fs, 165), Mikey Boyle 1-1 (1-0f), Padraig Boyle 0-2 (2fs), James O'Connor 0-1, John Buckley 0-1, Jordan Conway 0-1, Bryan Murphy 0-1, John Griffin 0-1, Philip Lucid 0-1.

LAOIS: Enda Rowland, Lee Cleere, Leigh Bergin, Dwane Palmer, Ciaran Collier, Charles Dywer, Matthew Whelan, Ross King, Patrick Purcell, Sean Downey, Ryan Mullaney, Paddy Whelan, Aaron Dunphy, Neil Foyle, Stephen Maher.

Subs: John Lennon for P Whelan (inj, 32 mins), Aidan Corby for R Mullaney (HT), Mark Kavanagh for Sean Downey (57 min), Stephen Bergin for S Maher (64 mins), Brian Corby for N Foyle (69 mins).

KERRY: Martin Stackpoole, James O'Connor, Rory Horgan, Sean Weir, John Buckley, Darren Dineen, Tom Murnane, Jack Goulding, Paudie O'Connor, Brendan O'Leary, Michael O'Leary, Jordan Conway, Padraig Boyle, Mikey Boyle, Shane Nolan.

Subs: John Griffin for J Goulding (58 mins), Maurice O'Connor for J Conway (60 mins), Bryan Murphy for T Murnane (64 mins), Philip Lucid for S Nolan (68 mins).

REFEREE: Alan Kelly (Galway).

Click here for photos from the game.

Kerry Senior Hurling Team v Laois– Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship – Round Robin  - Austin Stack Park Sunday May 14th 2017 3pm.

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Laois in the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship – Round Robin  - 3nd Round game in Austin Stack Park on Sunday  next is unchanged from the side that did duty against Westmeath  in the Round 2 game of the series two weeks ago.

The team captained by Tom Murnane of Kilmoyley is as follows:

01 Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw)

02 James O’Connor (Abbeydorney)

03 Rory Horgan (St Brendans)

04 Sean Weir (Crotta O’Neills)

05 John Buckley (Lixnaw)

06 Darren Dineen (St Brendans)

07 Tom Murnane (C) (Kilmoyley)

08 Jack Goulding (Ballyduff)

09 Paudie O’Connor (Kilmoyley)

10 Brendan O’Leary (Abbeydorney)

11 Michael O’Leary (Abbeydorney)

12 Jordan Conway (Crotta O’Neills)

13 Padraig Boyle (Ballyduff)

14 Mikey Boyle (Ballyduff)

15 Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills)

Fir Ionaid:

16 Stephen Murphy (Causeway)

17 Bryan Murphy (Causeway)

18 Paud Costelloe (Ballyduff)

19 James Godley (Kilmoyley)

20 John Griffin (Lixnaw)

21 Maurice O’Connor (Kilmoyley)

22 Tomás O’Connor (Crotta O’Neills)

23 Philp Lucid (Ballyheigue)

24 Jason Wallace (Lixnaw)

25 Adrian O’Mahony (Crotta O’Neills)

26 Colum Harty (Causeway)




Bainisteoir: Fintan O’Connor

Coach: Brendan Cummins


Treanálaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)


Róghnóir: Ian Brick (Kilmoyley)


Extended Panel for Sunday’s Game

David Silles                             Lixnaw

Fionán Horgan                        Ardfert

Ronan O’Donovan                  Abbeydorney

Daniel Carroll                          Ballyduff

Darragh Shanahan                   Lixnaw

Liam Mullins                           Lixnaw

Darragh Ryan                          Crotta O’Neills

Stevie O’Sullivan                    Abbeydorney

Unavailable – Rehabbing from Injury

Daniel Collins                         Kilmoyley

 Patrick Kelly                           Clarecastle

Kerry and Laois battle it out for Leinster SHC place

The Kerry senior hurlers play Laois in round 3 of the Leinster Senior Championship round robin series on this Sunday, 14 May at Austin Stack Park, 3.00p.m.Hurling supporters are invited to come along and support the team for this crucial clash. General admission is €10, with €5 for students / senior citizens and all under 16’s are free.

Laois have 4 points from 2 games and a better scoring difference (+ 18) than Westmeath (- 5), Kerry (- 4) or Meath (- 9) and only a highly unlikely series of outcomes could prevent them from advancing to the quarter-finals.

Score difference comes into play if three or more teams finish level on points. It would become significant, for example, should Kerry beat Laois and Meath overcome Westmeath on Sunday. Three teams would then be level on four points each, with only 2 to go through. A county could yet claim second place in the group with two points, should Laois defeat Kerry and Westmeath overcome Meath. Should that happen, Westmeath would actually go through because they would then have a better score difference than either Kerry or Meath. All to play for and best of luck to the Kingdom.

The Kerry team will be announced on Friday evening at 9pm.