Solid Brick stars as Kerry off the mark

Kerry put their troubles behind them yesterday when they travelled to Aughrim to pick up the first points of the league.

The Kingdom players did not appear to be unsettled by the row that raged in the county all week following manager John Meyler’s decision to drop three of the four Boyle brothers.

In a tight first quarter, Paddy Farrell and Shane Nolan swapped goals but Kerry’s crispness came to the fore and in corner-forward Shane Brick, they had a match winner.

Wicklow were only four points adrift, 1-10 to 1-6 at the break, but Kerry pulled away in the second half and Shane Nolan added a second goal to his three points.

Scorers for Kerry: S Brick 0-10 (4fs, 2 65s), S Nolan 2-3, J Flaherty 0-3, D Dineen 0-2, A O’Connor, C Harty, D O’Connell, PJ Connolly 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wicklow: A O’Brien 0-4fs, J O’Neill 0-3 (2fs), P Farrell 1-0, T Doyle, E Glynn 0-2 each, C Moorehouse 0-1.

KERRY: B Rochford; R Horgan, P Costello, B Murphy; A O’Connor, M Lynch, J Griffin; W O’Dwyer, D O’Connell; C Harty, G O’Brien, D Dineen; S Brick, A Boyle, S Nolan.

Subs: P Connolly for G O’Brien, J Flaherty for C Harty, J Casey for M Lynch, D Wallace for A O’Connor, J Fitzgerald for R Horgan.

WICKLOW: J Murphy; Jim Connors, G Keogh, E Dunne; T Doyle, B Cuddihy, G Bermingham; E Kearns, R Keddy; John Connors, S Kelly, P Farrell; E Glynn, J O’Neill, A O’Brien.

Subs: C Moorehouse for J O’Neill, W O’Gorman for P Farrell, E O’Neill for E Dunne, P Gahan for R Keddy.

Referee: P Murphy (Carlow).


Lifestyle

Five things for the week ahead with Des O'Driscoll.Five things for the week ahead

From Liverpool’s beat-pop to Bristol’s trip-hop, Irish writer Karl Whitney explains the distinctive musical output of individual cities in the UK, writes Marjorie Brennan.Sounds of the City: The musical output of individual UK cities

As landlords’ enclosures of villages and commonages during England’s industrial revolution drove landless countrymen into the maws of the poet William Blake’s “dark Satanic mills”, a romantic nostalgia for the countryside began to grow.Damien Enright: Great writers took inspiration from walking

Take no risks, ‘do all the right things’, and you’ll lead a comfortable, but dull, existence. ‘Living dangerously’, on the other hand, yields ‘highs’ of excitement usually followed, alas, by pain andRichard Collins: Live fast and die young or last up to 500 years

More From The Irish Examiner