Cork continue their winless start to life in Division 2 as Kildare maintain 100% record
Kildare 1-14 Cork 1-8
Ben McCormack was the hero for Kildare as the promising attacker hit 1-2 from play to score back-to-back wins and leave them sitting pretty at the top of the Allianz NFL Division 2 table.
Kildare made better use of the elements in the first half with Kevin Feely, whom made great use of the ‘mark’ rule, and Tommy Moolick ruling the roost at midfield with the wind behind their backs.
Daniel Flynn had his goal-bound effort tipped over by Rebel keeper Ryan Price after 90 seconds before frees from Luke Connolly and Colm O’Neill got Peadar Healy’s side off the mark.
Cork wouldn’t score for another 20 minutes, however, as lively attacker McCormack hit two lovely points before a brace from Feely and a Neil Flynn free put the Lilies in control, 0-6 to 0-2.
Flynn extended the lead before Connolly broke their barren spell with a placed ball and midfielder Ian Maguire was unlucky to shoot wide from close-range as Paul Cribbin completed the first-half scoring at the other end, 0-8 to 0-3.
Cork hit the opening two points of the second period, both from play, through Paul Kerrigan and Aidan Walsh but Daniel Flynn responded with what looked like a legitimate goal.
Flynn picked up the ball towards the sideline before meandering through the Cork defence and firing to the net but it was subsequently overruled after referee Cormac Reilly consulted with linesman Maurice Deegan, who adjudged Flynn to have hopped the ball twice.
It incensed home support but Moolick gave them something to cheer about with a great point before McCormack fired to the net after collecting a miscued Paul Cribbin point attempt, 1-9 to 0-5.
Cork didn’t lie down, however, and Tomás Clancy surged forward to point before Connolly’s speculative effort from distance went all the way to the net.
Sub Barry O’Driscoll followed with a point and the Cork comeback was on but Neil Flynn steadied nerves with a trio of points, including two excellent efforts from play, as the Lilies powered to victory in the final quarter.
CORK – R Price; J McLoughlin, Tom Clancy, K Crowley; C Dorman, J Loughrey, Tomás Clancy; A Walsh, S Powter, M Collins; C O’Neill, L Connolly, P Kerrigan. Subs: J O’Rourke for Powter (ht), B O’Driscoll for C Dorman (51), D O’Connor for Collins (52), J Mullins for Crowley (54), D Óg Hodnett for Maguire (60), N Coakley for O’Neill (63).
KILDARE – M Donnellan; O Lyons, D Hyland, M O’Grady; J Byrne, E Doyle, K Cribbin; K Feely, T Moolick; F Conway, N Kelly, P Cribbin; N Flynn, D Flynn, B McCormack. Subs: C McNally for Moolick (59), C Healy for Conway (63), D Slattery for MCormack (67), P Kelly for N Kelly (70), S Ryan for, C Hartley for N Flynn (73).
REF – C Reilly (Meath)