Monday 22 October 2018

Doyle kicks key scores to put Lilywhites on path to victory

Kildare 0-12 DIT 0-8

Kildare recorded their second win of the O'Byrne Cup at a foggy Athy last night.

This game was a huge doubt less than half an hour before throw-in due to thick fog, but that lifted and the game was played mostly in good conditions, although the fog did return for the final five minutes.

Kildare captain Mikey Conway and DIT's Mark Collins shared the game's opening four points inside the first nine minutes.

The home side stepped up a gear after that and rattled off four points in a row, with newcomers Cathal McNally and 19-year-old Daniel Flynn catching the eye.

Mayo's Aidan O'Shea was at the heart of the students' attempts to get back into the game but even though they hit the final two points of the half, they trailed 0-9 to 0-5 at the break.

There were plenty of substitutions on both sides in the second period and that seemed to upset the rhythm of the game. Kildare also had to contend with going down to 14 men in the 49th minute when Gary White was dismissed for a second yellow card.

Despite that, Kildare hit the next three points, two of those coming from Johnny Doyle frees. Kildare failed to score in the final 14 minutes but DIT could only muster efforts from Ross Hazley and Collins in that time.

Collins' game was to end prematurely, though, when he was shown a second yellow card and Kildare held on for a deserved win.

Scorers – Kildare: M Conway 0-3 (2f), C McNally, J Doyle (2f) 0-2 each, D Flynn, P Kelly, E Bolton, P O'Neill, T O'Connor 0-1 each. DIT: M Collins 0-3 (2f), B Allen 0-2, J McGrath, R Sheridan, R Hazley 0-1 each.

Kildare – S Connolly; O Lyons, M Foley, H McGrillen; E Bolton, M Conway, P Kelly; G White, P O'Neill; B Flanagan, C McNally, M O'Flaherty; R Kelly, T O'Connor, D Flynn. Subs: Kontstantin for Lyons (27), J Doyle for McNally (45), P Fogarty for Flynn (48), E O'Flaherty for Flanagan (53).

DIT – R Lambert; K O'Brien, B Menton, G O'Hare; A Nestor, S George, R Sheridan; A O'Shea, R Hazley; J McGrath, C Walsh, C Reddin; P Maguire, M Collins, B Allen. Subs: D Reilly for Nestor (h-t), H Dawson for Walsh (48), S O'Connor for McGrath ( 58).

Ref – J Hickey (Carlow).

Irish Independent

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