O’Shea ready to return

Jack O’Connor’s Kerry side are set to be further fortified by the return of a couple of key players ahead of the Allianz League third round trip to Castlebar on Saturday week.

O’Connor confirmed that he expected Sean O’Shea to return to the panel for the Mayo game. Fellow All-Stars Shane Ryan and Paudie Clifford are also expected to be part of the starting 15 in Castlebar and Gavin Crowley was another welcome addition to the 26, who lined up in the 11 point win last weekend against Monaghan.

When asked about the progress of the missing players from the Kerry panel, the Kerry manager said: “Some of them did a session across the road this morning. I’d say Seanie (O’Shea) will be involved in some shape or form in that game. But, outside of him, I doubt if any of the rest of them will be involved. Diarmuid (O’Connor) is still a good bit away, that was a nasty injury.

 

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Kerry continue to set top flight pace

Kerry remain top of the Lidl LGFA National League Division 1 following the defeat of Donegal in their first home game of the season in Austin Stack Park on Saturday. The game turned out to be a shootout between two outstanding forwards in Louise Ní Mhuicheartaigh of Kerry and Susanne White of Donegal, with both players ending the game with 1-8 to their names.

Shannon McGroddy opened the scoring with a point to give Donegal an early lead but Kerry responded well, and Aishling O’Connell was presented with a goal chance only to be blocked down by Catherine Boyle – an action that ended her game as she was injured in the process. Both defences were excelling in the opening quarter, with that block down by Boyle the first of a number of great stops by both defences, with Kayleigh Cronin and Emma Costello leading the way for Kerry.

Kerry soon found their groove as Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh levelled, before points were added by Síofra O’Shea, Patrice Diggin and Ní Mhuircheartaigh again to leave the home side leading by 0-4 to 0-1 with fifteen minutes played – the Diggin point flashing over the bar as Kerry’s duel star kicked a soccer style shot off the ground after Síofra O’Shea’s shot had come back off the crossbar.

 

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Dowling wins Oaks as Express Razor completes double

Ballymacelligott based trainer Liam Dowling is simply in unstoppable form right now on track and on the coursing fields as he saw his Ballymac Zena and Ballymac Pippen qualify for the Oaks final.

Ballymac Zena was awarded the Oaks as Ballymac Pippin who had to work hard late on in her semi-final was withdrawn on veterinary advice.

Meanwhile, the O’Connors from Tarbert won the Champion Stakes with Express Razor and it might have been even total Kerry domination.

 

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