Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup – Kildare 0-17 Offaly 0-4
Kildare coasted to a 0-17 to 0-4 victory over a very poor Offaly side at St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge this afternoon and now progress to meet All-Ireland champions Dublin in the semi final of the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup.
The Lilywhites were on top from the throw-in and exercised complete control everywhere on the field much to the embarrassment of the visiting supporters.
By half time the hosts led by 0-10 to 0-0 and could, indeed should , have been even further ahead such was their dominance on the day.
Ronan Sweeney was once more in control of the centre of the park and found time to score three points today whilst James Kavanagh went one better with 0-4 , two of them in the first half.
Tomas O’Connor also excelled in this game as he did last week whilst in all some seven of their players caused the umpires to raise white flags.
Offaly did raise the first flag of the second half – a Willie Mulhall point – and they did show some improvement in patches. A worrying time though for absent Offaly Manager Gerry Cooney (in Africa on Charity work) when he receives his deputy’s match report..
The Mulhall cousins , Willie and Alan ,shared the Faithful County’s points between them but there was little for the Offaly fans to cheer about in this dismal performance at St Conleth’s Park – one that the players,managers and supporters will want to quickly forget.
A great semi-final though in store when Kildare meet Dublin next weekend for a place in the O’Byrne Cup final.