Flynn hamstring woe hits Kildare
Kildare 2-13 Tipperary 1-5
Daniel Flynn's hamstring pull cast a shadow over Kildare's 11-point victory in Clonmel on Saturday.
The talented attacker lashed over his second point before limping to the sideline with 12 minutes remaining, as the Lilywhites all but sealed promotion with a big win over Tipperary.
Kildare boss Cian O'Neill is hopeful that the damage is minimal as his thinking is beginning to close in on the Leinster SFC quarter-final clash against Wexford on May 21.
And O'Neill revealed: "The frustrating thing is we had Padraig O'Neill ready to come in. Daniel had come over and said he was tightening.
"Hopefully it won't be too serious but it's safe to say he won't be available next week (against Clare)."
On the whole, this was a good day for Kildare but they were helped by Tipp's first-half profligacy.
The Premier County spurned two super goal chances, Philip Austin and Alan Campbell the culprits, while normally reliable free-taker Conor Sweeney endured a half that he'll want to forget quickly. Sweeney was whipped off at half-time after missing a string of frees within scoring range.
At half-time, this one was done and dusted as Niall Kelly's 17th-minute goal, an attempted pass from the right touchline that went all the way, helped to establish a 1-7 to 0-1 lead.
Flynn netted Kildare's second goal with 18 minutes left before Tipp responded within a minute with a goal of their own, first half point-scorer Kevin Fahey bombing forward from defence again to show his misfiring attackers how it should be done. Tipp have done well to put themselves in the frame for promotion but they won't be going up now unless results elsewhere somehow fall their way.
Injuries have taken their toll and the depth of the squad reached breaking point in recent defeats to Longford and now Kildare.
Boss Liam Kearns isn't impressed either that dual players Steven O'Brien, Seamus Kennedy and Bill Maher are tied up with the hurlers - and not seeing any game time when they would be starters with the footballers.
"Yeah, it is (frustrating)," Kearns said, although he might have one or more of the trio available when the names of those culled by hurling boss Michael Ryan in recent days are revealed.
Before they played Longford, Tipp were right in the hunt but have been architects of their own downfall in their last two fixtures. Indiscipline cost them against Longford and rank bad finishing was Tipp's big problem here.
Kearns said: "You can't miss 14- and 21-yard frees and you can't miss goal chances we missed and expect to beat the likes of Kildare and that's it. One point (in the first half) for all the attacking we did was really a disaster."
Scorers - Kildare: D Flynn 1-2, N Kelly 1-0, A Tyrell (1f) & E O'Flaherty (1f, 1 45) 0-3 each, T Moolick & P Cribbin 0-2 each, E Callaghan 0-1. Tipperary: K Fahey 1-1, A Moloney 0-2 (1f), M Quinlivan & P Austin 0-1 each.
KILDARE - M Donnellan 7; P Kelly 7, C Fitzpatrick 7, O Lyons 8; D Hyland 7, F Conway 7, C O'Donoghue 6; K Feely 7, T Moolick 7; A Tyrell 8, N Kelly 7, E O'Flaherty 7; D Flynn 8, P Cribbin 7, E Callaghan 7. Subs: J Byrne 6 for O'Donoghue (h-t), P O'Neill 6 for Flynn (58), A Smith NR for Tyrell (64), K Murnaghan NR for Conway (67), R Kelly NR for Cribbin (70+1).
TIPPERARY - E Comerford 5; C O'Shaughnessy 6, A Campbell 6, C McDonald 6; J Feehan 6, R Kiely 6, K Fahey 7; A Moloney 6, M Dunne 5; J Keane 6, P Acheson 7, J Lonergan 6; C Sweeney 5, M Quinlivan 6, P Austin 6. Subs: B Hewitt 6 for Sweeney (h-t), G Hannigan 6 for Dunne (54), I Fahey 6 for Moloney (58), S Leahy NR for Campbell (67).
Ref - N Mooney (Cavan)