Kildare march on to Quarters

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Kildare 0-19 v 0-13 Derry
36min played(2nd Period)
Ref blows it up and Kildare go marching on!
1 min injury time
35min Free to Kildare, will this be the last action?up to Doyle and onto Ronan Sweeney and thats it!
33min Derry free and kicked wide.
Last three minutes, Kildare really bossing this game, fitness showing again like last week v Meath.
32min Derry get one back but really need a goal
29min 4th wide this half for Derry
29min Padraig O’Neill scores a wonderful point for Kildare
27min McGuickian scores another for Kildare
25min Derry get a vital point to keep them in the game with 10 minutes left
24min Johnny Doyle, 20 yards out pops one over to push them further ahead
20min Derry get one more point.
17min, doyle fouled 40 metres out.O’Flaherty sends it wide.
12min its another one, straight from the kick out, Kildare grabbed possession
12min Kildare edge four ahead with another point
10min much needed point for Derry
7min Johnny Doyle gets another Kildare point in this his 50th consecutive scoring game
4min Kildare should have nabbed another point but it went high and wide
2min a point for Kildare
36min Into injury time another kildare point
35min Kildare regain the lead through O’Callaghan
33min Derry get one back
32min Doyle gets another point
30min Kavanagh takes a good score but may have gone for a goal
28min Mullen gets his third point for Derry
26min Hugh McGrillan draws another score for Kildare
24min Kildare draw level again through Doyle. good game
22min Gilligan scores a super point from a free for Derry
20min derry get another point
18min Muldoon nets a fine goal, oh dear, the ref disallows it!!!Derry not impressed
16min Point for Kildare
15min Robert kelly nets a score for Kildare following sharp play
14min enda muldoon scores for Derry
12min 3rd wide for Derry
9min move started by Kildare keeper and Kelly gets a fine point
7minfree for kildare on Cusack side of ground. Johnny Doyle breaks the record for championship scores!

5min Dec Mullen gets his second point for the northern side
3min O’Connor fires a fine point at canal end for Kildare
1min Mullen scores a point for Derry at the Hill 16 end
James Kavanagh comes in full forward line for Lillywhites
All set here at Croker as its shoot out Saturday with Kildare looking to knock out Derry. The Ulstermen go into this game of course still moaning about playing last Sunday in the Ulster final but in fairness Kildare played the same weekend

Kildare – S Connolly; A McLoughlin, M Foley, H McGrillen; G White, M O’Flaherty, E Bolton; J Doyle, D Flynn; P O’Neill, E O’Flaherty, E Callaghan; R Kelly, T O’Connor, F Dowling.

Derry – TBC


John Doyle will write his name into GAA history books if he gets on the scoresheet this weekend. Meanwhile opponents Derry have spent the build up whinging about playing a game a week after defeat in the Ulster Final.

If the Kildare talisman makes the umpire raise a flag against Derry – which seems inevitable – it will be the 50th consecutive championship match in which he has scored.

Doyle made his intercounty debut against Louth in 2000 and has played in every Kildare championship match since – 55 in total. The 2000 All-Ireland semi-final against Galway was the second and last time he failed to score.

This means he has scored in every championship game Kildare have played since the 2001 Leinster opener against Carlow. Despite playing most of this year at midfield due to injuries in the squad, the versatile Allenwood clubman is still the Lilywhites’ top scorer with 2-15.

He is also just two points shy of becoming the first player to rack up 100 points in the qualifiers – another landmark he should reach on Saturday at Croke Park.

Kildare blew Meath away last weekend in Navan and this week’s game against the Ulstermen promises to be a cracker. It has also re-ignited the old row over counties playing qualifiers straight after provincial finals.

Last Sunday, Derry hoped to end a 13-year wait for the Ulster championship while still having two lives left in the All-Ireland race. By 5.30pm this Saturday, their season may be over, having lost to Donegal in the Ulster final and to Kildare in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

It could be termed the six-day turnaround from hell, one which 11 teams have endured since the introduction of the qualifiers 10 years ago.

Only one county — Dublin in 2001 — have won a fourth-round qualifier game six days after losing a provincial final, underlying just how difficult it is to recharge the batteries so soon after a big disappointment. Forcing counties to play on the weekend after losing a provincial final became such a controversial issue over the last two years that Monaghan, who themselves were victims last year, brought a motion to Congress last April, proposing a minimum 13-day gap. However thus is the beauty of this weekends games, shoot to the finish, no quarter just who wants it the most.

It won on a 60-40 vote but was rejected because it didn’t receive the two-thirds majority required to change a rule.

It leaves Derry facing a massive task in Croke Park on Saturday, a fate which would also have befallen Roscommon except for the Wicklow-Armagh second-round qualifier draw. That forced the Armagh-Tyrone Round 3 game back to this weekend, giving Roscommon a 13-day gap before they face the winners.

It’s a lucky break, one which eluded Derry who are trying to re-energise themselves after last Sunday’s defeat to be ready for a Kildare team that have two morale-boosting qualifier wins behind them over the last two Saturdays. In fairness to Kildare though they also have been playing. The Ulstermen need to concentrate fully on the pitch.

For those of you attending the game, it is interesting to check the GAA stats on the play offs, Sligo and Antrim were, over the last two years, among the counties who experienced the difficulty of facing into Round 4 qualifiers on the weekend after losing a provincial final and insist that it’s extremely difficult.

Sligo manager Kevin Walsh, speaking to the media this week, said that it can be especially hard for a team that had genuinely expected to win a provincial final to refocus so quickly. Sligo were favourites against Roscommon in last year’s Connacht final and, having lost by a point, were easy pickings for Down in the qualifiers, losing by 19 points.

“We needed a bit of time to get ourselves sorted out after losing so narrowly to Roscommon,” Walsh said.”We did all we could but six days wasn’t enough. You think you’re okay and that you’ve picked things up but when you come up against a team who have a few wins behind them, it can unravel quite easily.”

Antrim captain Kevin O’Boyle experienced the quick turnaround after losing the 2009 Ulster final to Tyrone, facing up to Kerry the following Sunday. Antrim played quite well but lost by five points.

“You nearly always have a few injury niggles after a provincial final and they feel that bit worse when you’ve lost. It’s hard to get ready for another big game in six days or even a week, especially against a team that’s on a roll,” said O’Boyle.

Both Walsh and O’Boyle believe that in the interests of fairness, the scheduling should be changed.

“Why is it that the beaten Connacht and Ulster finalists are out again in six days every year?” asked Walsh. “Roscommon got lucky this year because of the delay in the earlier rounds, but otherwise they would be out again on Saturday. How come Leinster and Munster finalists get a break every year?”

O’Boyle pointed to Cork, who will have had a three-week break between losing the Munster final and playing Down in the qualifiers. “It gives Cork a chance to work on things in training while also being able to study the opposition in detail. There’s a big difference between that and having to play again in six days, which Derry have to do,” he said.

Ulster Council president Aogan Farrell said that the scheduling which left beaten Ulster and Connacht finalists facing the quick turnaround for the third successive year would have to be examined. “If it’s necessary to play Round 4 so soon after provincial finals — and in fairness there are severe fixture pressures everywhere — it’s only fair to look at rotation among the provinces so that all four of them take their turn with the quick turnaround,” he said.

However, he defended Ulster’s practice of playing their championships on successive weekends rather than doubling up with a few games and playing the final earlier.

The six-day turnaround for beaten provincial finalists applied between 2001 and ’04, after which counties were guaranteed a minimum 13-day gap. However, the GAA reverted to the six-day system in ’09 after complaints from counties that club programmes were being badly disrupted by the championship format.

Galway, Sligo (Connacht), Antrim, Monaghan and Derry (Ulster) have been the unlucky victims since then, while Roscommon were saved by the Wicklow-Armagh draw. Roscommon’s tie with Armagh or Derry had to go back by a week, raising the question of why Derry couldn’t be similarly facilitated.

Walsh said: “It’s not impossible to win in six days but the results over the years speak for themselves.”

O’Boyle believes that the poor returns by those forced into the six-day turnaround is now proving to be something of a psychological block.

“The more teams see how hard it is to get ready, the harder it becomes. You’d have to think there’s a better way of running the championship than forcing a team who lost a provincial final back into action six days later,” he said.

Turnaround troubles
Tom Carr’s Dublin (2001) are the only county to have won a fourth-round qualifier tie on the weekend after losing a provincial final since the back door was opened 10 years ago. Eleven others tried and failed, mostly on a six-day turnaround:


Dublin (beat Sligo 3-17 to 0-12)

Cork (lost to Galway 1-14 to 1-10)


Tipperary (lost to Mayo 0-21 to 1-14)


Down (lost to Donegal 3-15 to 2-10)

Limerick (lost to Armagh 4-10 to 0-11)

Kildare (lost to Roscommon 1-18 to 0-19, after extra-time)


Limerick (lost to Derry 0-10 to 0-7)

Laois (lost to Tyrone 3-15 to 2-4)


Galway (lost to Donegal 0-14 to 0-13)

Antrim (lost to Kerry 2-12 to 1-10)


Sligo (lost to Down 3-20 to 0-10)

Monaghan (lost to Kildare 1-15 to 1-11)


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