Sunday 24 September 2017

Dublin ooze class as they humiliate Kildare

Bernard Brogan celebrates after scoring his side's second goal
Bernard Brogan celebrates after scoring his side's second goal

Dublin illustrated their All-Ireland credentials with a 4-16 to 1-9 demolition of a spiritless Kildare at Croke Park.

Kildare came out and scored 1-2 from the off but were then blown asunder by a classy Dublin outfit who will be long odds-on favourites for another Leinster title when they face Meath in the provincial decider.

Eoghan O'Flaherty opened the scoring with a fine run and score as Kildare signalled their intent.

Dublin could have had their first goal sonn afterwards but James McCarthy's effort came off the  butt of the post and clear.

Paddy Brophy got isolated with Johnny Buckley and beat him before firing low to the net and then he added a point.

The Dubs were level within five minutes with a superb point from Brogan and 1-1 from Paul Mannion.

Johnny Doyle put Kildare back in front with his left before four unanswered points for the Dubs with Ciaran Kilkenny kicking two of them.

The Kildare full-back line was very exposed with Shane Connolly's goal living a charmed life.

Paddy Brophy was fouled after a superb catch and Doyle slotted it.

A lungbursting run from Jack McCaffrey saw him release Bernard Brogan who forced a brilliant save from Shane Connolly but the ball broke to Paddy Andrews who fired over.

Deep in first half injury time the crucial moment in the match occured when Johnny Doyle was harshly blown up for a foul and the ball was worked to Bernard Brogan who fired to the net.

A nice sweeping move from Kildare ended with Paul Cribben who fired over to open the second half scoring.

Ciaran Kilkenny fisted an effort over, Ger Brennan got forward for a point and a Cluxton 45 stretched Dublin to a seven point advantage before Kilkenny fired over his fourth.

It was double scores soon afterwards when Eoghan O'Gara raised a white flag.

Diarmuid Connolly stroked home a goal with the  game well and truly over.

Kildare's best performer Paul Cribben responded with a point but it was cancelled out by Eoghan O'Gara before Connolly pulled off another save.

Eoghan O'Flaherty and Cluxton swapped points before Dean Rock added two poinst and Eoghan O'Gara slipped in for a late goal and a 16-point win.

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