Conway sparkles as Kingdom hurlers secure second crown

Kerry 3-17 Carlow 2-10

Displaying magnificent skill and pace that would do credit to a higher grade, Conway finished the game with a personal tally of 2-8 which marked him out as a player of exceptional talent.

In an excellent team performance, Kerry were also well served by Michael Lucid, Kevin Gentleman and Andrew Keane in defence, while Kieran Conway and Padraig Randles complemented Michael Conway in attack.

Carlow were hugely disappointing. After a lively opening first half at the end of which they trailed by a point, Carlow completely fell apart on the change-over, but it was no fault of full-back Liam Kenny who was their top scorer with two goals, Shane Kavanagh and Brendan Lawlor that they failed so badly.

The Leinster side drew first blood with a Shane Kavanagh point after a minute before the defending champions levelled it through Michael Conway.

Conway sparkled at top of the left for Kerry and added three further points without reply before Carlow hit back with a goal from a penalty powerfully struck home by Liam Kenny after Paul Keogh was grounded going through.

That goal stood between two evenly-matched sides for the remainder of the half until Conway showed his class with a marvellous goal in the 27th minute after a great run.

Both goalkeepers made a couple of excellent saves as each side in turn had chances to add to their tallies, before Conway edged Kerry in front with a delightful point to leave his side 1- 8 to 1-7 to the good at the break.

The second half developed into a totally one-sided affair as Kerry, with Conway continuing to hurl with supreme confidence, added 1-3 without reply in a two-minute spell, which all but ended this final as a contest.

It became purely shooting practice for the Kerry forwards who picked off some excellent points at regular intervals before Conway blasted home his second goal from a 30-metre free in the 45th minute.

Kerry were totally dominant as Carlow had clearly thrown in the towel and their second goal, scored by Liam Kenny from a 20 metre free late in the game, only served to put a more respectable look on the scoreboard.

Scorers for Kerry: M. Conway 2 8 (1 2 frees); C. Dineen 1 1; G. O’Brien 0 3; K. Dowling 0 2; P. Randles, B. Brick, R. Thornton 0 1 each.

Carlow: L. Kenny 2 0 (frees); B. Lawlor 0 3 (frees); S. Kavanagh (frees), P. Coady 0 2 each; S. Smithers, J. Coady, M. Brennan 0 1 each.

KERRY: G. Fealy; P. McCarthy, M. Lucid, K. Gentleman; P. O’Grady, A. Keane, E. Fitzgerald; E. Corridan, D. Young; B. Brick, K. Dowling, P. Randles; C. Dineen, G. O’Brien, M. Conway. Subs. J. Bunyan for Dineen; R. Thornton for Brick.

CARLOW: E. Spruhan; D. Murphy, L. Kenny, M. Keogh; W. Hickey, A. Nolan, C. Nolan; S. Kavanagh, P. Coady; S. Smithers, A. Brennan, B. Lawlor; P. Keogh, Mark Brennan, W. Kelly; Subs. D. Shaw for Murphy; K. English for Kelly; J. Coady for P. Coady; S. Shiel for A. Nolan.Referee, D. Richardson (Limerick).

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