Dublin beat Kildare after getting a very soft free in injury time to win it.
Dublin 1-12 1-11 Kildare FT
70+2 Bernard Brogan gets a handy free, Dublin in front.
70+1 Eamon Callaghan gets the equaliser.
70min Only two minutes injury time.
69min Eamon Callaghan goal, only one in it now.
68min Three wides in a row for Kildare.
65min Poor wide from Kildare, the just cannot break the blanket defence that Dublin have played since they went to fourteen men.
63min Alan Brogan punches the ball over the bar.
60min Cluxton kicks the 45′ over.
60min Cluxton takes a free from a difficult angle short, they win a 45′
58min Johnny Doyle kicks a free short.
56min Good defending from Kildare, the next score will be vital.
53min Emmet Bolton kicks a good point from play, only two in it.
52min Bernard Brogan wins a free, he kicks it over.
51min Another shocking wide from Dublin this time from Dermot Connelly.
50min Poor wide from Bernard Brogan, its anyones match.
48min Robert Kelly gets another point, only two in it.
46min Really nice point from play from Paul Flynn, Dublin needed that point.
44min Robert Kelly gets another point for Kildare.
43min Eamon O’Callaghan kicks another point for Kildare.
42min Eoin O’Flaherty kicks another nice point from play.
40min Eoin O’Gara is sent off for a double yellow.
39min Match delayed with a few soft frees.
36min Eoin O’Flaherty kicks a nice point from play for Kildare.
36min Michael Dara McAuley is off injured.
35+2 Its half time.
35+2 Cluxton kicks over a point.
35min Two minutes injury time.
34min Kildare will hope for a far better second half.
32min Bernard Brogan kicks a easy free over.
30min Kelly kicks Kildares fourth wide.
29min Two Kildare substitutions.
28min Kildare win a free and Johnny Doyle kicks it over.
25min Dublin on fire, Bernard Brogan extends the lead to five.
24min Paul Flynn kicks a nice goal for Dublin.
22min Really nice point from Alan Brogan after a pass from his brother.
21min Bernard Brogan levels the match from a free.
21min Emmet Boltons shot drops short.
19min Eoin O’Gara is booked, Eoin O’Flaherty kicks the free wide.
18min Johnny Doyle kicks a wide for Kildare.
17min Eoin O’Flaherty kicks a free into Cluxtons hands.
15min Ronan Sweeney kicks another nice point from play.
14min Eoin O’Flaherty kicks a point from play to level the match.
12min Johnny Doyle is fouled and its a free in for Kildare, Eoin O’Flaherty kicks it over.
10min Nice point from Bryan Cullen for Dublin.
8min Dermot Connelly kicks another wide.
7min Dermot Connelly looked to be in on goal for Dublin, but it goes wide.
6min Nothing from Kildare yet, Dublin on top.
4min MD McC hits the ball into the Kildare keepers hands.
2min Bernard Brogan opens the scoring for Dublin with a free.
1min Game underway
0min Three late changes for Kildare, but Doyle starts. Game looks like it will be at least five minutes kick off.
0min There are rumour that Johnny Doyle might not be 100% fit for todays match.
Kildare: S Connolly; O Lyons, M Foley, H McGrillen; G White, B Flanagan, E Bolton; J Doyle, H Lynch; M O’Flaherty, E O’Flaherty, E Callaghan; A Smith, R Sweeney, J Kavanagh.
Dublin: Dublin: S Cluxton; P Conlon, R O’Carroll, M Fitzsimons; J McCarthy, G Brennan, K Nolan; D Bastick, MD Macauley; P Flynn, A Brogan, B Cullen (captain); D Connolly, E O’Gara, B Brogan.
Dublin legend and fellow St Vincent’s man Jimmy Keaveney believes that the return of Diarmuid Connolly to the Dubs fold has been exactly what they needed.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Keaveney said that Connolly may just be the thing that Dublin need if they are to go that one step further this year.
“He’s the ideal man. He’s a poacher, he’s a fielder. He takes the pressure off everyone, especially Bernard (Brogan). Look at the passes he lays off; there are goals coming from them and he can kick with both feet.
“It’s a huge plus to have him back, because the full-forward line at the moment is the deadliest in the country. “If he had been on the panel, I’m convinced he would have been playing against Cork and Dublin could have won the All-Ireland, he’d have made a hell of a difference.”
Kildare and Dublin meet for the first time since the 2009 Leinster final when Dublin, despite having Ger Brennan sent off after 19 minutes, won by 2-15 to 0-18 on a day when Bernard Brogan scored 0-7. It was Dublin’s fifth successive Leinster title win and now they are aiming to reach another final, having missed out last year when Meath demolished them, as did Kildare.
Kildare are seeking their first Championship win over Dublin since 2000. The sides have only clashed twice in the interim. Pat Gilroy has built an excellent team in the Dubs and they will be looking to kill off the visitors as they seek to reach the All Ireland final after sensationally blowing a five point lead in last year’s semi-final.
Dublin’s first Championship outing of the year ended in a comfortable, if uninspiring, 1-16 to 0-11 win over Laois at Croke Park. Diarmuid Connolly scored the Dubs’ only goal but might have had a hat-trick – as he did against Mayo in the Allianz League – but for the heroics of Laois goalkeeper Eoin Culliton, who made five vital saves in total. Connolly finished with 1-3 and Bernard Brogan was close behind with 0-5 in a game in which Pat Gilroy’s side were never really extended.
Kildare have played twice and have yet to concede a goal, while their points against tally is equally thrifty over the two games. First up, they accounted quite easily for Wicklow, 0-12 to 0-5, a game in which Johnny Doyle excelled in midfield, kicking four points from play in an unfamiliar role to him at inter-county level. With the wind in the second half, they moved out of third gear for the first time this year and ran out comfortable winners.
Against Meath, Kieran McGeeney’s side enjoyed a huge slice of luck when Graham Geraghty had a goal disallowed for square ball at a crucial time in the game. Already down to 14 men after Brian Farrell’s dismissal, the Royals were dethroned, but from a Kildare point of view the most worrying statistic was the 18 wides they kicked, one more than they had against Wicklow in the previous round.
The saying goes that if you stop Bernard Brogan you stop Dublin. Given the contribution older Brother Alan and Diarmuid Connolly are capable of making, that may be a lazy assessment of Dublin’s game. But keeping Bernard Brogan quiet will still be one of Kildare’s main objectives. That task is likely to fall to Michael Foley. Foley has been in superb form this year, anchoring a defence that has conceded just three goals in nine competitive games (seven Allianz League, two Leinster Championship). He will need to be at his very best to stop the Footballer of the Year on Sunday.
Johnny Doyle leads the way with 0-8 from Kildare’s two games, both of which he played in midfield rather than his usual corner forward role with the Lilywhites.
For Dublin, Diarmuid Connolly top scored against Laois with 1-3 and will no doubt be helped by the scoring machine himself Bernard Brogan who got 0-5 in the last game.
Former Kildare star Anthony Rainbow was quoted in on radio this week ahead of the game, “Dublin are going to be a tough team to beat on Sunday. They are probably in the top three in the country at the moment, but I think it is Kildare’s time to beat a top side.
“In the last game Kildare scored 16 points and that is enough to win most games. It was 1-12 against Wicklow, conceding five. We are creating chances. It’s when you stop creating chances you get worried. You are going to put over a percentage of those chances all the time. If you are creating 40 chances then you will score at least 20 of them.”
One of the most prolific attacks in the country meets one of the meanest defences. The Dubs have scored 17 goals in seven competitive games in 2011 and Kildare have conceded three in nine. Something has to give.
Despite their aversion to conceding, Kildare also seem to be have an issue scoring. They’ve managed a whopping 35 wides in their first two Championship games, but have not been punished against inferior opposition than Dublin.
Dublin were not truly tested against Laois so it is hard to tell if their late collapse against Cork in the Allianz Football League final at Croke Park has left any scars. Leading comfortably going into the final quarter of that game, the lack of quality on the Dublin bench was obvious as they failed to cope with injuries to key players and allowed Cork to kick the last seven points of the game to take the title.
Are Kildare ready to make the step-up? They have made steady progress since Kieran McGeeney’s arrival in 2008. However, they still have nothing tangible to show for their efforts and some silverware in the form of a first Leinster title since 2000 would be most welcome. To do that they need to beat a team recognised as one of the top three in the country for the first time under McGeeney and then beat Carlow or Wexford in the final. These two play before the main event.
It is worth looking at the last five Championship clashes which do show the closeness of these two sides-
2009: Dublin 2-15 Kildare 0-18 (Leinster final)
2002: Dublin 2-13 Kildare 2-11 (Leinster final)
2000: Kildare 2-11 Dublin 0-12 (Leinster final) Replay
2000: Kildare 0-14 Dublin 0-14 (Leinster final) Draw
1998: Kildare 0-12 Dublin 1-8 (Leinster quarter-final) Replay
Kildare are unchanged from the Meath game, with Daryl Flynn again missing out through injury and Johnny Doyle continuing in midfield. Paul Conlon is the major surprise for Gilroy’s side replacing Philly McMahon.