Wednesday 29 January 2020

Hurley inspires Kildare stroll


Kildare booked a home semi-final clash against Wicklow with this demolition job at Ashbourne.

Bryan McMahon's goal got Meath off the mark after five minutes, but the wasteful hosts hit eight wides in the first half.

The clinical Lilywhites made them pay – Seamus Hanafin stole in unmarked for a goal that put them 1-6 to 1-0 ahead on 18 minutes, giving them a firm grip on proceedings.

With Sean Hurley, recently released from the senior panel, dominating midfield, the visitors led 1-8 to 1-3 at the break.

And it was one-way traffic throughout the second half as Kildare picked off scores at will, with Keith Cribbin in fine form.

SCORERS – Kildare: S Hanafin 1-3 (1f), K Cribbin 0-5, C Bolton 0-3 (2fs), P Mahon 0-2, E Powderly, C Fagan, D Grehan, S Hurley 0-1 each. Meath: B McMahon 1-3 (1f), D Queeney, C O'Brien, B O'Brien, N Shortall 0-1 each.

KILDARE – W Clynch; C Fagan, W Burke, P Warren; D Duke, J O'Connor, G Waters; S Hurley, D Grehan; K Cribbin, S Hanafin, D Barker; P Mahon, C Bolton, E Powderly. Subs: G Farrell for Duke (2), C O'Shea for Powderly (54), J Acton for Mahon (59), M French for Hanafin (60).

MEATH – S Geraghty; R Mooney, C Lynch, P Muldoon; S Husband, S Crosby, C Rowe; C O'Brien, N Shortall; K Ross, B O'Brien, D McNamara; B McMahon, D Queeney, D Quinn. Subs: D McGill for Lynch (37), D McDonagh for Quinn (40), H Newman for Muldoon (46), C Hilliard for McDonagh (49), C Reilly for Rowe (56).

REF – F Smyth (Offaly)

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