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Ciaran Carey's Kerry begin life in Division 1B with impressive seven-point win in Laois

An excellent start for the Limerick legend.

Kerry senior hurling manager Ciaran Carey.
Kerry senior hurling manager Ciaran Carey.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Kerry 1-24
Laois 2-14

CIARAN CAREY’S FIRST competitive game as Kerry senior hurling manager has ended with a big victory for the Kingdom.

Kerry ran out 1-24 to 2-14 winners against Laois this afternoon in their Allianz Hurling League Division 1B opener in difficult conditions at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise.

It made for a good start to life in the second tier for Kerry, who were promoted from Division 2A in 2015. On the other hand, it puts Laois under pressure from the outset to avoid relegation, given that they needed a play-off to preserve their Division 1B status last year.

Only a point separated the teams after half-an-hour this afternoon in Portlaoise but Kerry never trailed throughout the course of the game.

The sides were level on 0-4 each after 13 minutes before Mikey Boyle pounced for Kerry’s first — and only — goal of the game. But PJ Scully made it even again (1-10 to 1-10) when he flicked the ball to the net with just a minute of normal time remaining in the first-half.

Shane Nolan — who contributed 0-8 overall — ensured that Kerry went in at the break in the ascendancy, however, when he converted a ’65 to put the visitors ahead by the bare minimum.

Playing into the wind, Laois were blown away for most of the second-half as Kerry stormed into a 10-point lead by the 59th minute (1-22 to 1-12), but the hosts were thrown a lifeline when Cahir Healy goaled and Scully pointed from a free with four minutes left to reduce the gap to six points.

However, any chance of a Laois comeback was thwarted when captain Cha Dwyer received a straight red card as the game entered added time. Jordan Conway pointed for Kerry to cap a massive result for Ciaran Carey’s side.

Scorers for Kerry: Shane Nolan 0-8 (0-5f, 0-2 ’65s), Mikey Boyle 1-1, John Egan 0-4, Jack Goulding 0-3, Michael O’Leary, Patrick Kelly, Colum Harty 0-2 each, John Griffin, Jordan Conway 0-1 each.

Scorers for Laois: J Scully 0-6 (0-4f, 1 ’65), Charlie Dwyer 0-4, Cahir Healy, Patrick Purcell 1-0 each, Ciaran Collier 0-2, Matthew Whelan, Stephen Maher 0-1 each.

Kerry

Martin Stockpoole

Keith Carmody
Bryan Murphy
Sean Weir

Daniel Collins
Darren Dineen
Tom Murnane

Patrick Kelly
Tommy Casey

Colum Harty
Michael O’Leary
Shane Nolan

Jack Goulding
Mikey Boyle
John Egan

Subs:

John Griffin for Dineen (58)
Jordan Conway for Egan (65)

Laois

Enda Rowland

Oisin Carroll
Darren Maher
Cahir Healy

Leigh Bergin
Neil Foyle
Ryan Mullaney

Matthew Whelan
Brendan Reddin

Ciaran Collier
Charlie Dwyer
Dwane Palmer

PJ Scully
Patrick Purcell
Stephen Maher

Subs:

Joe Phelan for Reddin (47)
John Lennon for Whelan (52)
Mark Kavanagh for Palmer (56)
Tom Delaney for D Maher (72)

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork).

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