Wednesday 16 April 2014

Fitzpatrick magic sends Lilies to final

STYLISH Wayne Fitzpatrick led the scoring charge as holders Kildare advanced to the provincial final at Dunganny.

Fitzpatrick contributed seven points – five from play – in a man-of-the-match display that underpinned a fully deserved victory.

The Lilywhites played with 14 for the entire second half after centre-back Paul Mescall picked up a second yellow card shortly before the break. However, the hosts – Leinster winners five times in the past six years – were unable to take advantage.

Kildare, who led 0-5 to 0-3 at the break, were denied a goal when Meath 'keeper Evan Mullally made a fine save to thwart Bank Agunsoye on 28 minutes.

By the end of the third quarter that lead had extended 0-8 to 0-3 before Ryan Moore notched Meath's opening score of the half on 47 minutes.

They reduced the deficit to three points on two occasions near the end but never threatened a goal.

SCORERS – Kildare: W Fitzpatrick 0-7 (2f), N Flynn 0-3 (2f). Meath: R Lynch 0-3 (2f), R Moore 0-2, F Newman (f), D Toner 0-1 each.

KILDARE – C Shannon; L O'Rourke, J Hendy, C Coyle; J Flynn, P Mescall, B Cawley; M Byrne, C Davin; B McGrath, N Flynn, J Connolly; J Corrigan, W Fitzpatrick, L McCabe. Subs: B Agunsoye for Byrne (5), J Cox for McCabe (13), D Kavanagh for Flynn (57), L Moore for Corrigan (58).

MEATH – E Mullally; M Flood, R McDonagh, B O Fionnagain; S Caloe, C Carton, J Reilly; D Toner, G Kavanagh; R Moore, R Lynch, F Newman; S Maxwell, P O'Connell, S Byrne. Subs: K Fenton for Maxwell (38), A Leech for Caloe (45), G Dolan for Byrne (54), A Maguire for Moore (57), N O'Neill for McDonagh (59).

REF – R Malone (Dublin).

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