Shane Conway scored 13 points as Kerry won at Westmeath in the Joe McDonagh Cup.
A dramatic contest was only decided in added on time as the Kingdom prevailed by 1-21 to 2-16.
Shane Conway had the opening point of the game and proceeded to equalise 8 minutes in after Westmeath had put over back to back scores. The hosts led by 5 points to 2 after quarter of an hour, aided by a superb save from their keeper who denied Padraig Boyle. Kerry had the next two points to move within one. Shane Conway drew the Kingdom level on the 20 minute mark-the same player then put over and Patrick Kelly did likewise to put Kerry ahead by two at 7 points to 5. It was 8 points all with 31 minutes gone and the half ended with the same scoreline.
Westmeath started the second half with a goal before Kerry responded with points by Michael O’Leary and James O’Connor. With 39 minutes gone it was Westmeath 1-8 Kerry 0-10. Westmeath had 2 of the next 3 points to double their advantage to 1-10 to 0-11 after 44 minutes. That soon increased to a 3 point gap. The Conways, Shane and Jordan, both put over to narrow the gap to 1 with 20 minutes remaining. 4 minutes later Shane Conway pointed Kerry level. Jordan Conway then had the Kingdom in front at 15 points to 1-11 with quarter of an hour to go. Shane Conway had yet another score, this time a 65, as Kerry pulled two clear. It was 17 points to 1-11 inside the last 10 minutes. However, the sides were level inside a minute as Westmeath goaled, Killian Doyle the scorer. Westmeath were barely level for a minute as Colum Harty netted at the other end, a strike which meant Kerry led 1-17 to 2-11 with 7 minutes remaining Kerry lost Tomas O’Connor to a second yellow card 5 minutes from time. Two points in a minute brought Westmeath within a solitary point and the equaliser followed soon after. A Shane Conway 65 put Kerry back in front but Westmeath equalised. Jordan Conway then had the Kingdom in front but again Westmeath drew level. Once more a Shane Conway point nudged Kerry in front at 1-20 to 2-16 and the same player doubled the advantage as Kerry bounced back from their loss to Antrim.
Mike O’Halloran describes the closing minutes
Kerry manager Fintan O’Connor
Kerry Team and scorers
1. John Brendan O’Halloran
2. James O’Connor(0-01)
3. Bryan Murphy
4. Seán Weir
5. Evan Murphy
6. Patrick Kelly(0-01) (Jordan Conway)(0-03)
7. Daniel Collins
8. Dan Goggin (Michael Slattery)
9. Tomás O’Connor
10. Michael O’Leary(0-01)
11. Shane Conway(0-13, 7 frees, 2,65s )
12. Jack Goulding
13. Padraig Boyle(0-01)
14. Michael Boyle
15. Colum Harty(1-01)