Saturday 17 March 2018

Divilly goal sets Lilywhites on road to victory

Allianz NHL Division 2B

A POSITIVE opening that yielded a goal and two points within six minutes paved the way for this Kildare success in a well-contested tie at Pairc Tailteann.

The goal came on four minutes from Pol Divilly, who pounced after the Meath rearguard failed to clear a long delivery from a Richie Hoban free.

With midfielder Stephen Clynch notching three points, including two from frees on his own '65', the hosts gradually worked themselves back into contention and were just two points in arrears at the break, 1-6 to 0-7.

That lead was cancelled out within 10 minutes of the restart, with the equalising score coming from Peter Durnin.

Meath then led for the first time after Noel Kirby split the posts on 50 minutes.

Kildare responded with points from David Harney, Johnny Enright and Conor Kenny, and remained in front for the rest of the game with Richie Hoban impressing.

The home side did have chances after Stephen Donoghue reduced the deficit to the minimum with six minutes remaining but failed to take advantage. Kenny eventually sealed victory for the with an added-time point.

Man of the Match: Richie Hoban (Kildare)

SCORERS -- Kildare: P Divilly 1-2 (2f), L Quinn 0-3, R Hoban ( 1f, 1 '65'), C Kenny 0-2 each, M Maloney, J Enright (1f), D Harney 0-1 each. Meath: N Horan 0-5f, S Clynch 0-3 (2f), N Kirby 0-2, E Marsh, P Durnin, S Donoghue 0-1 each.

KILDARE -- P Dermody 6; P Keegan 7, F O Muineachain 8, J Doran 6; E O'Neill 6, R Hoban 8, N O Muineachain 7; M Purcell 6, D Butler 7; C Kenny 7, M Maloney 7, P Divilly 7; T Murphy 6, D Harney 6, L Quinn 7. Subs: J O'Malley 7 for O'Neill (h-t), J Enright 7 for Purcell (h-t), M Fitzgerald 6 for Murphy (45), C Gallagher 6 for Dermody (60), K Divilly 6 for Butler (60),

MEATH -- S McGann 8; W Mahedy 6, E Fitzgerald 7, C Reilly 7; S Heavey 6, P Fagan 7, E Keogh 7; S Clynch 7, S Donoghue 7; E Marsh 6, N Kirby 7, K Keoghan 6; D Raleigh 6, N Horan 7, P Durnin 6. Subs: M Cole 6 for Keoghan (55), J Kelly 5 for Raleigh (58).

REF -- E Shaughnessy (Galway).

Irish Independent

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