Wednesday 18 January 2017

Days of quick fixes over in Kildare - it's time to reward Ryan's efforts

Ger Gilroy

Published 17/06/2015 | 02:30

Kildare football manager Jason Ryan addresses his charges who are clearly absorbing some valuable lessons. PIARAS Ó MÍDHEACH / SPORTSFILE
Kildare football manager Jason Ryan addresses his charges who are clearly absorbing some valuable lessons. PIARAS Ó MÍDHEACH / SPORTSFILE

No-one ever really thought it was better to lose a derby game against your rivals but the prize of a Leinster semi against a cruising Dublin team wasn't much by way of motivation either.

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Defeat now with a short turnaround and the entire season on the line seems like a hefty price to pay for the losers. Kildare and Laois were so finely balanced the first day that it's almost impossible to believe the turn-around in the replay six days later.

Sure the Galway-Dublin hurling games were fairly similar in result but that replay was over inside 15 minutes when Galway already had a double-digit lead up.

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