Tuesday 22 January 2019

Kerry keen to 'drive on' after Christy Ring joy

KERRY'S hurlers face a defining decision over their future after Saturday's Christy Ring Cup final success in Croke Park.

The Kingdom easily beat Wicklow 2-21 to 2-8 and could now, if they so choose, exercise their right to compete in next season's Munster SHC and the All-Ireland Championship.

All of the past winners of the competition have made the move, although Carlow chose to remain in the competition after their 2008 triumph with a second successive victory a year later prompting their elevation.

"We must drive on," stressed captain Michael Boyle after the victory, though he also accepted that Kerry weren't quite up to Munster standard just yet.

"That was the plan with John Meyler for the last couple of years, he's been aiming to get us into the Munster championship.

"We're not ready now but it's going to come. Kerry hurling is on a high, winning U21 'B' titles back-to-back; this was coming, things are working out."

LAOIS' Croke Park woes yesterday could yet be further compounded by the serious injury to Daithí Carroll which saw him replaced 20 minutes into the second half.

Carroll was stretchered from the pitch and taken to Tullamore Hospital following a lengthy stoppage after turning awkwardly on his ankle and there are fears that he may be missing from action now for a considerable length of time.

One of the few Laois forwards to do any significant damage to the Dublin defence yesterday, Carroll bagged two points before the injury prematurely ended his involvement.

KILDARE are hoping that Daryl Flynn should be available to play some role against Dublin in their Leinster SFC semi-final on June 26. The midfielder has missed their first two championship rounds, having suffered an ankle injury on the Thursday before their opener against Wicklow.

WESTMEATH are confident that Dessie Dolan will shake off his recent hamstring injury and be fit for next Saturday's Leinster SFC quarter-final away to Wexford.

DONEGAL prospect, Leo McLoone,has returned to training ahead of their Ulster Quarter-Final clash with Cavan on Sunday.

WEXFORD manager, Tony Dempsey, has named ten of last year's starting team for tomorrow's Leinster U21 showdown with Kilkenny in Wexford Park.

WEXFORD (U21H v Kilkenny): M Fanning; W Devereux, M O'Hanlon, E Moore; M O'Regan, A Shore, S Murphy; E Kent, H Kehoe; S Tomkins, J Leacy, L Óg McGovern; P Morris, J Breen, P Doran.?

KILKENNY U21 (v Wexford): D Walsh; I Duggan, M Walsh, A Moran; J Callinan, R Doyle, C Fogarty; J Lyng, O Walsh; T Breen, C Kenny, E Murphy; G Aylward, W Walsh, J Brennan.

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