Brick inspires Kerry


WATERFORD CRYSTAL FIRST ROUND: Kerry 1-20 IT Tralee 1-15:KERRY RECORDED their first ever Waterford Crystal Cup victory thanks to Shane Brick’s 12-point haul against IT Tralee at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, yesterday.

After IT Tralee enjoyed the better of the first half, leading 1-10 to 1-9 at half-time thanks to Eamonn Brosnan’s 1-5 and three points from Mark Deegan, Kerry cranked up the pressure in the second half but they left it late to make a winning move.

The teams were tied four times in the second half; with 10 minutes left it was 1-14 apiece but Brick (0-4) and goalscorer Darragh O’Connell (0-2) helped Kerry book a quarter-final date with Cork.

KERRY: B Rochford; P Costello, R Horgan, J Godley; L Boyle, T Murnane, J Griffin; D Dineen, D O’Connell (1-4, 0-2 frees); S Brick (0-12, 0-8 frees, 0-1 65), M Boyle (0-1), J Egan (0-2); PJ Connolly, A Boyle, J Flaherty. Subs: S Nolan (0-1), C Harris.

IT TRALEE:D Delaney; T Morley (0-1), O Gately, M Lynch (0-2); B Murphy, M Deegan (0-3, 0-2 frees), M Cleary; M Kiely, J Leahy; C Harty, B O’Grady (0-1), F Kennedy (0-1); E Brosnan (1-5, 0-4 frees), P O’Connor, G O’Doherty (0-1). Subs: P Carey, D O’Halloran (0-1), J Walsh.

Referee:M O’Connor (Limerick).