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Sunday 11th February 2024

Down come roaring back with brilliant second half display to bury memories of Kerry defeat


Report Neil Loughran 

Photo Philip Walsh

Allianz National Hurling League Division 2A: Down 2-23 Kerry 1-19

KERRY left Down battered and bruised when they last visited Ballycran – but this time the Kingdom faced the longest of trips home the after a stunning second half surge sealed the Ardsmen’s first League victory of the season.

Trailing by seven at half-time, Down won by seven in the end, that nice little bit of scoreboard symmetry just about summing up a game that started at breakneck speed before Ronan Sheehan’s men managed to wrestle away control.

Second half goals from Daithi Sands and Danny Toner - making a first competitive start in red and black since 2020 - helped turn the screw, so too the class of Pearse Og McCrickard.

But this performance was founded on the most solid of foundations as a dogged rearguard action kept a previously rampant Kerry to just four after the break.