Thursday 12 December 2019

Clare fall agonisingly short of famous victory over Kildare

Padraig Fogarty, Kildare, in action against Shane McGrath, Clare. GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship, Round 3B, Clare v Kildare, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Padraig Fogarty, Kildare, in action against Shane McGrath, Clare. GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship, Round 3B, Clare v Kildare, Cusack Park, Ennis, Co. Clare. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Kildare scored seven points without reply at the end of their clash with Clare to avoid one of the shocks of the Championship and were relieved to leave Ennis with a 0-13 to 0-12 victory.

Colm Collins side led by six points 10 minutes into the second half but they failed to score again and the Lilywhites ground out the result but they will need a huge improvement next time out.

Enda Coughlan and Alan Smith traded early points as both teams made sloppy starts and it was two points apiece inside eight minutes as Podge Collins' was cancelled out by Padraig O'Neill.

Clare were settling into the game better and Rory Donnelly put the hosts in front and Martin McMahon doubled their advantage.

David Tubridy and Alan Smith traded scores while Tommy Moolick saw his goalbound shot saved.

Two Shane McGrath points either side of a Keith Cribben effort for Kildare saw Clare lead by three at the break.

Kildare had not turned up and needed a huge response in the second half.

Alan Smith who replaced Eoghan O'Flaherty from the start was continuing to show well and cut Care's lead to two with the first score of the half.

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Gary Brennan had a great goal chance but opted to fist over and another chance to raise a green flag came soon afterwards but Mark Donnellan denied Shane McGrath from close range.

Brennan hit the resulting 45 and then put four in it with a successful free.

Two David Tubridy frees made it 0-12 to 0-6 after 45 minutes.

A brace from Eoghan O'Flaherty and Alan Smith cut the deficit in half with 18 minutes to go and the game was back in the melting pot.

Eamonn Callaghan and Paddy Brophy made it five points on the bounce and were just a solitary point behind with 10 minutes remaining.

Callaghan was leading by example and he drew the Lilywhites level before O'Flaherty put Kildare in front with their seventh straight point.

Neither side were able to find a score in a frantic finish and Jason Ryan's men advance for meeting with one of the beaten finalists in Leinster and Ulster.

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