Allianz Hurling League Div. 2A – Review
Westmeath 3-19 Derry 2-13
Westmeath continued their good run in Division 2A with a comprehensive 3-19 to 2-13 win over a young but up and coming Derry side at Celtic Park.
The Midlanders led by 2-9 to 2-8 at half-time thanks to goals from Dan Carty and Paul Greville .
Andrew Dermody got Westmeath’s third goal late in the game but by then the result was never in doubt.
Derry manager Ger Rogan took many positives from his side’s performance:
‘My initial reaction would be one of disappointment, obviously”,he told Derry GAA. “Westmeath were the better side today but possibly not by the nine point margin on the scoreboard. If I had to pinpoint one thing, I think inexperience cost us. We were playing a team who have been in the McCarthy Cup and up against the likes of Kilkenny and Wexford. This is a level you don’t just step up to and expect to win right away.’
Down 2-11 Wicklow 0-17
Wicklow ‘s Jonathan ‘Bosco’ O’Neill scored with four late points deprived Down of their first win of the campaign when the two sides met in Newry. The sides provided great fare for the crowd and either side could have won.
The visitors led at the interval by 0-8 to 0-6 but goals from Paul Braniff and Danny Toner saw the Mourne men take what appeared to be a match winning lead.
O’Neill though has other ideas and in the final ten minutes the Glenealy legend added four points from frees to level the scores. Paul Braniiff stared for the home side.
Carlow 0-20 Kerry 1-13
A big crowd at the Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney saw a disappointing performance from the home side, particularly in final quarter, as Carlow took the points with something in hand . Kerry now faces an uphill struggle to avoid relegation and the next outing, against Wicklow becomes a ‘must win’ game.
John Meyler and his Management team have problems – in defence and attack – to address during the week ahead.
With former Kilkenny star Willie O’Dwyer in fine form at midfield, the Kerry men had in fact looked likely winners in the early stages especially after a Shane Nolan goal (34 mins) and 0-4 from Shane Brick had seen them lead 1-10 to 0-8 at the half way mark.
Indeed the lead could have been greater but for poor discipline in the Kerry defence which saw Paudie Kehoe notch four points from frees for the Barrowsiders.
Eoin Nolan was in great form for Carlow as Craig Doyle with two points and seven points from Kehoe (six of them frees) , saw Carlow gain the ascendancy.
By now Kerry had lost their way and the final three points went the way of Carlow. A big disappointment for the large Kerry crowd who were also there to see their footballers defeat Donegal .
Paudie Kehoe was Carlow’s top marksman with 0-11 whilst Shane Nolan 1-3 and Shane Brick 0-5 led the way for the Kerrymen.