Sport Gaelic Football

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Game at a glance

Man of the match

James Kavanagh (Kildare)

Defenders Peter Kelly and Brian Flanagan were also candidates but, ultimately, it was Kavanagh, who scored 0-5 (0-1f) and made their goal, that unlocked Kildare's scoring rhythm.

Turning point

The introduction of Eoghan O'Flaherty and Ronan Sweeney off the Kildare bench. O'Flaherty scored with his first touch, Sweeney got 1-1 and it allowed Eamonn Callaghan move upfield, all giving their attack more impetus.

Talking point

How yet another beaten provincial finalist was unfairly affected by the dreaded 'six-day turnaround' and will Monaghan boss Seamus McEnaney stay on?

Ref watch

The way Jimmy White lets a game flow even drew rare praise from Kieran McGeeney and the Donegal whistler is also one of the few who can book players without holding up the game unnecessarily.

What they said

Kieran McGeeney (Kildare manager):

"I still think there's more in them. People failed to realise we had so many injuries during the year that are only coming back now. We've tried to build up a panel and we're going to need it."

Seamus McEnaney (Monaghan manager):

"We came out fighting, we tipped over a couple of points and I thought we could have pushed on a bit from there, but there were two 10-minute periods that Kildare completely controlled. They took their scores when it mattered."

Match statistics

Wides: Kildare 16 (9); Monaghan 11 (6).

Frees: Kildare 16 (10); Monaghan 27 (16).

Yellow cards: Kildare 6 (O'Neill 25, Donnelly 26, M O'Flaherty 48, Bolton 59, Smith 69, White 70); Monaghan 4 (D Freeman 36, Hughes 45, D Mone 52, Duffy 69).

Red cards: 0.

Attendance: 47, 738.

What next?

Kildare play Meath in the All-Ireland quarter-finals this weekend, while Monaghan's season is finished.

Irish Independent

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