Butler’s early goal puts Kingdom on their way

Kerry 2-24 Kildare 0-13

Kerry led 1-15 to 0-5 at half time, having played with a strong wind. David Butler’s second minute goal and a spread of scores from John Egan, Mikey Boyle drove the Kingdom on in a one sided first-half.

It was more of the same in the second-half, with Mikey Boyle adding 1-3, while Shane Nolan was unerring from placed balls and play.

The visitors only managed six scores from play during 70 minutes, with Willie Greene their scorer in chief.

Scorers for Kerry: M Boyle 1-5 (0-2 S/L), S Nolan 0-8 (0-3 ‘65s, 0-2 frees), D Butler 1-2, J Egan 0-3, D O Connell 0-2 (0-1 free), C Harty 0-2, S Weir and D Collins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kildare: W Greene 0-4fs, R Hoban 0-2fs, P Fitzgerald 0-2, R Casey, G Keegan, M Fitzgerald, E O Neill (f) and R McLoughney 0-1each.

KERRY: T Flynn, D Fitzell, J Casey, A Fealy, S Weir, B Murphy, K Carmody, D O Connell, J Egan, M Boyle, D Collins, C Harty, S Nolan, A Boyle, D Butler. Subs: J Leahy for A Fealy (48), P Boyle for A Boyle (51), D Dineen for S Weir (60), B O Leary for C Harty (60), K Dineen for K Carmody (67).

KILDARE: P Dermody, J O Malley, N O Muineachain, J Doran, E O Neill, R Hoban, M Moloney, W Greene, P Kennedy, G Keegan, P Divilly, M Fitzgerald, P Fitzgerald, D Harney, R Casey. Subs: R McLoughney for D Harney (h/t), P Curtin for J O Malley (h/t), M Delaney for M Fitzgerald (51), B Deay for P Kennedy (60), B Cahill for P Divilly (60).

Referee: J O Brien (Tipperary).

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