Lilywhites show extra reserves
Kildare 2-17 Longford 2-13 (AFTER EXTRA-TIME) Leinster MFC
Reigning champions Kildare left it late to overcome the challenge of Longford during extra-time at Pearse Park.
In an exhilarating contest, the Lilywhites needed extra-time after Longford's Shane Kenny equalised late on.
The home side grabbed the perfect start as full-forward Aiden McElligott sliced through and rattled the net.
The game was held up for almost 20 minutes when Enda Macken and Conor Hartley collided heavily in a mid-air tackle – both were transferred to Mullingar General Hospital with head injuries – but Kildare found their groove after a goal from impressive substitute Con Kavanagh, and a series of well-taken points put them ahead at the break.
A second goal from McElligott and a brace of points from Kenny put Longford ahead but Kildare took the spoils in extra-time thanks to a brilliant goal from another sub, Michael Kelly.
ScoreRs – Kildare: M Kelly 1-3, B McCormack 0-4 (1f), C Kavanagh 1-0, E O'Donoghue, R King 0-2 each, C Earley, R Feely, E Boyle, E Flynn, S Lawlor, S Dempsey 0-1 each. Longford: S Kenny 0-7 (5fs), A McElligott 2-0, J Matthews 0-3, D Reynolds 0-2, C Berry 0-1.
Longford – L Meehan; D McLoughlin, R Sweeney, C Brady; N Rabbitte, D Reynolds, R Duffy; E Macken, D McGivney; S Kenny, C Berry, C McCabe; R Clarke, A McElligott, J Matthews. Subs: C Donohoe for E Macken, R Sullivan for C Donohoe (h-t), S Costello for C McCabe (38), D Carrigy for J Matthews (55), A Earley for C Brady (65), C McCabe for S Costello (72),
Kildare – T Foley; S Healy, M Hyland, C McConnell; J Flynn, P Mescal, C Earley; R Feely, E Boyle; E Flynn, C Hartley, S Lawlor; E O'Donoghue, S Dempsey, B McCormack. Subs: C Kavanagh for C Hartley (3), M Bursey for R Feely (48), M Kelly for E Flynn (50), A McConville for S Dempsey (66), E Flynn for M Kelly (75, BC).
Ref – F Smyth (Offaly)