Kerry and Kildare cruise in AHL openers

February 04, 2023

Daniel Collins of Kerry ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Kerry proved too strong for Derry on opening weekend as they kicked off their Allianz Hurling League Division 2A campaign with an emphatic 2-22 to 0-13 win at Celtic Park.

Despite seeing centre-forward Colin Walsh sent off early on, the visitors were able to build up a 0-13 to 0-8 lead by half-time and they’d run up through the gears in the final quarter.

Frees from James Friel and Cormac O’Doherty cut Derry’s deficit down to two but Paudie O’Connor’s goal on 57 minutes saw Kerry land a hammer blow.

The points were already wrapped up for the Munster side before Eoin Ross lashed in their second goal in injury-time as they ran out 15-point winners.

In Netwatch Cullen Park, Kildare secured a comfortable 0-25 to 0-11 win over hosts Carlow.

Johnny Byrne, James Burke, Cathal Dowling and Gerry Keegan landed the points that settled the Lilywhites in early and they go to lead by four at the half.

Burke kept the scores flowing for the Kehoe Cup winners through frees as they blew the hosts away in the end.

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