Thursday 8 December 2016

Lilies enigma raises same old doubts

Published 25/05/2009 | 00:00

An umpire has his ear-piece adjusted prior to yesterday's Leinster SFC game between Longford and Wicklow at O'Moore Park
An umpire has his ear-piece adjusted prior to yesterday's Leinster SFC game between Longford and Wicklow at O'Moore Park

When it comes to exhibition football there is no better team than Kildare to produce the goods. We got a great example of this in the first half against Offaly in Portlaoise yesterday when Kildare simply blew the opposition out of the water with a devastating opening quarter that gave them a 1-7 to 0-1 lead after 20 minutes.

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This was textbook football as the Kildare wing forwards tore the Offaly defence to shreds. And with full-forward Ronan Sweeney dispatched far outfield, the two inside men, Alan Smith and John Doyle, caused mayhem in a stuttering Offaly backline who hardly managed to lay a finger on these dancing predators numbered 10 to 15.

Changed times indeed in a game between Offaly and Kildare but then, as far as Offaly football is concerned, we do live in strange times.

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