Kerry got off to a winning start last weekend in their opening Tesco HomeGrown National League Division 1 tie away to Tyrone. Played in very difficult conditions with snow even for the second half it was the start that the new senior management & new captain Cáit Lynch wanted as they came away with the points & also debutants made a successful entry to the foray.
Kerry started well and dominated all areas in the first half with Clare O’Sullivan sending over two points in the first two minutes of the game. Amanda Brosnan made it point number 3 after 7 minutes of play .Try as they might Tyrone could not breach a well organised Kerry defence .Clare o Sullivan scored kerrys 4 th point at the 10 minute mark. Aisling had to come off with a hand injury and was replaced by Bernie Cronin in the backs. Kerry pushed on with points by Louise Galvin ,Clare O Sullivan, Sara Houlihan & Louise Ni Muirhertaigh. Tyrone could only manage two wides as the clocked ticked down. Aisling Leonard returned to the team with 2 minutes left and immediately sent over a massive long range point to see kerry lead at the break Kerry 0- 9 Tyrone 0-0
Kerry were now in complete control as manager Alan O’Neill gave all the panel their chance to impress in the second half. The expected half fight back from Tyrone came early in the second half and they did break through for a goal after 4 mins of play. Kerry responded with a Louise Galvin point. Tyrone hit Kerry hard but Kerry kept them out as Tyrone could only manage 4 wides in a row. The icing on the cake came for Kerry in the 16th minute when sub Eilish Kavanagh on her debut crashed the ball to the net following a great build up for Kerry . Again Tyrone hit back with a second goal while their 3 rd attempt at goal was saved brilliantly from point blank by Edel Murphy as she deflected over the bar for a point . Try as they might Tyrone could manage only one more point as Kerry added two more from Louise Ni Murhertaigh and Katleyn O’Sullivan another debutant. The new management of Alan O’Neill, Harry O’Neill and Niall Hobbert were pleased with their first outing and look forward to the next round clash with arch rivals to Cork away. Tha game takes place on Sunday 8th February in Cloughduv.
1.EDEL MURPHY , 2.AISLING LEONARD , 3.AISLINN DESMOND, 4.CIARA MURPHY, 5.KATE O SULLIVAN,6.CAIT LYNCH, 7.CAROLINE KELLY, 8.LORRAINE SCANLON 9.MARIA QUIRKE, 10.SARAH HOULIHAN, 11.LOUISE NI MHUIRECEARTAIGH, 12.DENISE HALLISSEY, 13.AMANDA BROSNAN, 14.LOUISE GALVIN, 15.CLAIRE O SULLIVAN,
SUBS: 17.EILIS O CONOR 18.GINA CROWLEY 19.BERNIE CRONIN 20.BRID SEARS, 21.ANDREA MURPHY 22.EILISH KAVANAGH 23.JANE LYNCH, 24.MEGAN O CONNELL 25.KATELYN O SULLIVAN 26.ANNA GALVIN.