Kildare comfortably beat Wicklow

Kildare 0-12 v 0-07 Wicklow, Portlaoise FT

full time
73min Leighton Glynn gets it and its end 12 points to 05
73min Seanie Furlong with a yellow card for dissent, as Wicklow get a free in front of the posts, should be their first of the second half
70+2 Kildare get another point in injury time.
70min We are in to added time. There will be 3 minutes.
69min No score for Wicklow this second half, as Kildare miss again there.
69min Emmett Dalton gets his point, he deserved that. Nice finish. Kildare on top.
68min Alan Smith with his 3rd point, to extend the lead, good link up play between O’Connor and Smith
67min Kildare extend their lead to 5 points. They have been much stronger this second half with Doyle pulling the strings.
63min Austin O’Malley has been sent off for an elbow, right decision by the ref and inexcusable behaviour from the former Mayo man. Wicklow down to 14 men.
60min Doyle with a wide from the free, 10 minutes to go.
59min Poor effort goes wide from Wicklow after decent build up
58min small bit of afters between the two number 15’s, no need but Wicklow after frustrated at the moment.
57min Doyle is back up and shows he’s ok with a stunning free, still no score in second half for Wicklow
55min Free out, Kildare had a decent chance there, Fogarty with a chance but drops the ball. Change in ref as he pulls a muscle. Round of applause for Duffy.
54min Doyle is down now and he’s holding his ankle. Meantime free to Wicklow
53min Kildare are winning everything, John Doyle has been superb be it defence or attack, he’s everywhere, wins the ball again.
52min Wicklow have not yet gotten started in the second half, it been a drab start to proceedings. Kildare on top.
41min good defending there by Kildare with O’Malley on the ball. Hyland fouls at the other end, Wicklow free
40min O’Neill with another wide for Kildare, their 11th of the day. Brian McGrath has been booked as well.
39min 9304 people in the crowd today, good turn out. Kildare have 6 points from 19 scoring chances. Wasteful.
38min Wicklow with their 3rd wide, Austin O’Malley with a shot there
37min Foley failed to trouble travers in the wicklow goal, tried to glide the ball but it feel into the keepers arm.
36min Second half is under way and Kildare score 36 second in through O’Connor with a fist over the bar from Doyle’s big ball in
35min Second half to come, Wicklow will fancy themselves to do a double after winning in the Christy Ring yesterday, the Division four side are giving a good account of themselves.
35min Apologies to all readers, we’ve had some technical difficulties, we are back now. Kildare leading by one point as we head in at half time but the wind is playing a big factor in proceedings. Its been an interesting opening 35min, Ronan Sweeney is the only player carded so far, and despite the low scoring the teams have only been level once.
3min Wicklow are under immense pressure already, All Star Doyle opens the scoring
1min We’re under way in the second of the Portlaoise double header as Kildare and Wicklow meet. Two wides so far contuining the trend of the longford and laois match.
0minn Mick O’Dwyer will take his Wicklow side to meet former side Kildare in the neutral surrounding’s of Portlaoise in the Leinster preliminary round, this will be the second meeting between the county’s in the space of 24 hours with the Hurlers due to meet in the semi final of the Christy ring cup in Aughrim.

Team News
Kildare team:S Connolly; A MacLochlainn, M Foley, H McGrillen; G White, B Flanagan, E Bolton; D Flynn, H Lynch; M O’Flaherty, E O’Flaherty, P O’Neill; J Doyle, R Sweeney, J Kavanagh.
Wicklow team:M Travers; C Hyland, A Byrne, S Kelly; M McLoughlin, B McGrath, D Hayden; J Stafford, R Finn; T Hannon, P Dalton, P Earls; A O’Malley, S Furlong, L Glynn.

Kildare narrowly missed out on a place in last year’s All Ireland final losing to Down while a mixed league campaign saw them finish mid table with 4 wins from their 7 games. Despite getting to the semi finals of the All Ireland, Kieran McGeeney’s side had to take the long route after a first round defeat to Louth.

The sides know each other well with Kildare beating Wicklow in last year’s qualifiers to exact some revenge for their shock Leinster Quarter final defeat in 2009, arguably one of O’Dwyer’s finer moments as manager of Wicklow.

Wicklow meanwhile won just 3 of their 8 division four games although they only lost once on their way to third place finish. Draw’s with Fermanagh, Longford, Carlow and Clare ultimately costing them in their bid for promotion.

Team news:

Kildare will hand a Championship debut to goal keeper Shane Connolly, the keeper making the spot his own with an impressive league campaign while Eamonn Callaghan and Mickey Conway are still not at full fitness and miss out on the squad.

Daryl Flynn and Hugh Lynch will form the midfielder partnership after Dermot Early was forced to go under the surgeon’s knife to cure a long standing cruciate problem. Early will be a big loss for the Lilywhites who will miss his towering presence.

Wicklow meanwhile will have a fresh captain in the shape of Leighton Glynn after the dual star, along with Stephen Kelly, was omitted from the starting line up for Wicklow’s Christy ring hurling semi final clash with Kildare.

O’Dwyer’s knack for taking advantage of transfer system that exists in GAA will see the Kerry man hand a championship debut to former Mayo star Austin O’Malley in the full forward line.

Mervyn Travers meanwhile returns between the posts after a serious knee injury sustained in the Leinster quarter final clash with Westmeath last year. Travers replaces John Flynn who missed out with a thigh strain while Jacko Dalton also misses out with a hamstring injury.


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