Div 2A round-up: Kerry stay at top of table

Updated: Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 19:33 | Comments

Padraig Boyle was one of Kerry's goalscorers
Padraig Boyle was one of Kerry's goalscorers

Kerry maintained top spot in Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League, thanks to victory over Carlow, while Westmeath accounted for Kildare at St. Conleth's Park this afternoon.

At Austin Stack Park, Kerry never trailed as they claimed a 3-14 to 0-17 victory over the Barrowsiders.

The hosts raced out of the blocks, with Shane Nolan opening the Kerry account with a point after 35 seconds.

Tom Howard's charges raced to a 1-06 to 0-02 lead, with their goal coming from Padraig Boyle after seven minutes.

A seven-point gap was still the margin following Shane Nolan's second point after 22 minutes, but Carlow rallied.

The visitors fired four unanswered points including three from David English, but Daragh O'Connell brought his tally to 1-02 with a goal to hand Kerry a 2-08 to 0-09 interval lead.

Wind-assisted Carlow cut the gap to three points inside three minutes of the restart, but Kerry continued to stay on top.

Mikey Boyle claimed Kerry's third goal 11 minutes from the end to ensure a 3-11 to 0-15 lead, with Kerry outscoring their oppoenents by 0-02 to 0-01 in the closing stages, to ensure their fourth win of the campaign.

Goals were key as Westmeath claimed their first win, following a 3-11 to 1-14 win over Kildare.

Westmeath powered to a 2-04 to 0-03 lead after 17 minutes, with Alan Devine and Noel Conaty netting the goals.

Kildare were reduced to 14 men after just 11 minutes, following a red card for Willie Greene.

Kildare launched a comeback, with Gerry Keegan netting a 20th minute goal, but Westmeath stayed ahead at the break by 2-07 to 1-08.

Kildare worked hard and drew level at 1-12 to 2-09 after 53 minutes, but Westmeath netted their third goal seven minutes later, with Devine bagging his second goal and stayed on top until the end.

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