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Oxegen visit ends on sour note for Kildare's Hurley

Published 20/07/2011 | 05:00

One of Kildare's most promising young players has been left off the squad for an alleged breach of team discipline.

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Sean Hurley, a substitute in the recent Leinster semi-final against Dublin before being substituted late in the game himself, is understood to have attended the Oxegen music festival in Punchestown after the qualifier win over Laois the same weekend.

That went against the guidelines laid down by the team management that were central to their preparations for the Meath game seven days later. He was informed last week of the decision and was not part of the squad for the game in Navan on Saturday. It is not clear if he will be recalled.

The move underpins just how much sacrifice Kildare's players are willing to make and the demands and self-discipline expected of them by the management.

Hurley is just 19 and was part of a very talented minor team that ousted Dublin in a memorable Leinster championship trilogy. He is widely regarded as one of Kildare's brightest prospects.

Meanwhile, John Doyle will write himself into the history books if he manages to get on the score sheet once again this weekend as it would be the 50th consecutive champion-ship game that he has scored in.

Doyle started his first championship game for Kildare against Louth in the Leinster quarter-final in 2000 and has not missed any of the subsequent 54 games up to last weekend.

Doyle didn't score that day against Louth and the All-Ireland semi-final against Galway later that year is the only other time that Doyle has failed to find the target in a championship game for Kildare.

In 2008 the Allenwood man contributed 49pc of Kildare's scores. However, the team has evolved somewhat from the one-man scoring machine that Kieran McGeeney inherited, with a greater spread of scorers now.

Nonetheless, Doyle remains their top scorer in the championship this summer with 2-15, of which 2-11 has come from placed balls. Whether or not he remains at midfield for Saturday's qualifier against Derry at Croke Park remains to be seen.

He finished last Saturday's game in the attack and, after Daryl Flynn's successful comeback, he now presents a further midfield option. Rob Kelly could also be considered for a role there.

Irish Independent

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