Kerry Win Under 21 B All-Ireland Title

Kerry 0-22, Meath 0-12
It was all square, 9 points each at half time after Meath had made the better start. It was a different story in the second half with Kerry asserting their superiority in all areas of the field scoring 13 points to Meath's 3 points. There were outstanding performances from many players on the Kerry side including Padraig Boyle and goalkeeper John Brendan O'Halloran but it was Darragh O'Connell who clocked up a total of 10 points who scooped up the Man of the Match award.

Kerry prove too strong for Royals

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Familiarity certainly played a large part as Kerry claimed their second consecutive Bord Gáis Energy U21 B hurling title at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening with a 0-22 to 0-12 win over Meath. Of the 15 that started in the Kingdom's 10-point win over Meath, 12 had been involved with the county senior panel this year and John Meyler - manager of both teams - said that was a big help. "The fitness was good, and as well as that they were all used to playing with each other, we tried to develop a club atmosphere with this team and the seniors. "I know it's boring to say, but there's a lot of hard work that's not seen, you just have to keep at it and at it and at it."

Level at 0-9 each at half-time, Kerry turned for the second half with the wind and with 17-year-old Padraig Boyle in fine form while Darragh O'Connell was deadly accurate from frees, they pulled away from their opponents. "We made hard work of it," Meyler said. "We had a few goal chances early in the first half and I told the lads I wasn't happy. We knew that once the forwards picked up we'd be in a good position. "Padraig Boyle went to centre-forward and that was the turning point, he caught a few balls and put them over the bar. "We were nervous in the first half, I don't know what it was, we were jumpy."

Meath, for whom Keith Keoghan and full-back Michael Dunne did well, did have some goal chances, but could not get past Kerry goalkeeper John Brendan O'Halloran. Meyler praised the netminder's performance. "We had Bernard Rochford in with the senior team and the whole idea of getting him in was to give John Brendan confidence. He's one for the future and we've got to work on that with him. Today was probably the best we've seen him all year."

KERRY: JB O'Halloran; N Young, D O'Sullivan, J O'Connor; A Ryle, B O'Leary, P Monson; R Kenny (0-1), D Fitzelle; P Geaney, P Costelloe, D O'Connell (0-10, 0-5f, 0-1 65); S Nolan (0-3), P Boyle (0-6), J Flaherty (0-2).
Subs: A McCarthy for Geaney (40), P O'Keeffe for Costelloe (42), Costelloe for O'Leary (45-47, blood), R Nolan for Kenny (47), PJ Keane for Young (54), S Leen for Flaherty (60).

MEATH: S McGann; D Carthy, M Dunne, W Mahady; A Watters, C Doyle (0-1), D Kennedy (0-1); K Keoghan (0-5, 0-4f, 0-1 65), G Murphy; A Douglas (0-1), E Marsh, M O'Sullivan (0-1); B Slevin (0-2), N Heffernan, D Ralleigh (0-1).
Subs: N Fagan for Watters (25), T Ralleigh for Slevin (39), C Joyce for Marsh (43), B Murray for D Ralleigh (48), K Keena for (59).

Referee: D Connolly (Kilkenny)