Connemara Gaels added another 2 points to their season tally to make it two games out of two with an impressive win over Kerry. The Gaels netted twice in each half, but in the all important early stages of the second half, put the game away with a goal and four points inside 10 minutes.
|Kerry's Colin Campion highest for this ball|
Kerry opened the game looking serious about their intentions. Three points on the trot from Joe Fitzpatrick, David Clifford and Ronan Kennedy put the Kingdom into an early three points to one lead. Sean Conneely canceled out all that work with a fine goal after being fed with a great diagonal ball by Michael Lundy, and the Gaels dominated thereafter. Points began to come as the Gaels clicked and doubt crept into Kerry minds after the fast start. A second goal came from Kevin McGrath, and at the break the westerners held a two goal lead of 2-6 to 0-6.
|Joe Fitzpatrick tries to get around Ciaran O'Donnell.|
With just the two goal between them Kerry still were in the game, however, the Gaels removed any hope of a resurgence from the Kingdom with a tally of 1-4 before the second period was 10 minutes old. The Kingdom challenge collapsed to the point where a score was not registered in the second period. Again it was McGrath with the goal for the Gaels. A fourth goal came from the boot of Michael Lundy to put the final nail in the coffin. The Gaels making some noise early in the championship and Kerry will be looking to figure out how to make the most of the squad in order to have a shot at the playoffs.
Gaels: E. Conneeley, C. O'Donnell, D. Doolan, C. Mulkerrins, E. Gorman, C. Seoighe, N. Graham, T. Mullins, S. Connelly, D. Comer, M. Lundy, I. Burke, K. McGrath. Kerry: P. Bailey, E. Mullan, D. Larkin, D. Dunne, S. Driscoll, D. Clifford,
I. Whelan, S. Cunningham, R. Kennedy, G. Hickey, C.
Campion, J. Fitzpatrick, G. Kelly.
By Rory O'Donnell