Dublin must wait for semi-final opponents after Kildare and Longford can't be separated in Tullamore thriller
Kildare 1-21 Longford 3-15
It seemed like neither side wanted to face All-Ireland champions Dublin as Kildare and Longford played out a remarkable draw today in the Leinster SFC quarter-final in Bord Na Móna O'Connor Park.
With 9,375 watching on, Kildare couldn't shake up the stubborn resistance of Padraic Davis' Longford with the sides unable to be separated after more than 100 minutes of action.
A rip-roaring first half opened with four points for Kildare as Cian O'Neill's side hit the ground running with David Hyland venturing forward from defence to fire two points.
Longford were quickly level with three routine David McGivney frees and a lovely point from his brother James as the sides traded scores in a blistering opening quarter.
Darragh Doherty – a late replacement for Liam Connerton – fired to the net for Longford in the 21st minute with Davis' side on fire and looking the better side.
Kildare's response was instant, however, as they hit the next four points before the lively Daniel Mimnagh levelled affairs, 1-8 to 0-11, with a nice point in the 33rd minute.
Adam Tyrrell was in sensational form for the Lilies though and he was the quickest to react to Paddy Collum's save from David Slattery to lash the ball to the net – bringing his tally for the half to 1-4 – as they held a 1-12 to 1-8 advantage at the break.
Kildare extended their lead to six within minutes of the restart but David Hyland's third point in the 42nd minute would their last from play for the rest of the half as Longford rallied.
Mark Hughes was barely on the pitch as a substitute when he fired to the net in the 54th minute and they were level by the time the full-time whistle approached when sub Aidan McElligott fired over.
James McGivney had one final chance to win it at the death in normal time but his shot agonisingly hit the post and the teams retreated for extra-time at 1-17 to 2-14.
Kildare started extra-time like a house on fire with the first three points as David Hyland – who really should have hit the net – McCormack and Jimmy Hyland all fired over.
It looked like O'Neill's side would drive their advantage home but Longford fought back once more with Michael Quinn reacting quickest to a long ball to fire to the net and leave the sides level again at 1-21 to 3-15 as they reached half-time of extra time.
A stop-start second period of extra-time resulted in no scores at either end with the replay fixed for next Sunday in Tullamore at 3pm.
SCORERS – Kildare: A Tyrrell 1-7 (3f), D Hyland 0-4 (0-1m), F Conway 0-2, B McCormack 0-3 each, P Brophy, E O'Flaherty (f), C Hartley 0-1 each, J Hyland 0-2 each
Longford: D McGivney 0-4f, M Hughes 1-1, D Mimnagh 0-3, J McGivney 0-4 each, D Doherty, M Quinn 1-0 each, J Keegan, B McKeon, A McElligott 0-1 each.
KILDARE – M Donnellan; M Dempsey, D Hyland, M Hyland; P Kelly, E Doyle, K Cribbin; K Feely, F Conway; S Slattery, B McCormack, E O'Flaherty; A Tyrrell, P Brophy, N Flynn.
Subs: C Hartley for McCormack (half-time), N Kelly for O'Flaherty (50), J Hyland for N Flynn (56), T Moolick for Conway (67), C McNally for Tyrrell (68), McCormack for Brophy (71 ET), K O'Callaghan for Slattery (88)
LONGFORD – P Collum; P Fox, A Farrell, B O'Farrell; CP Smyth, P McCormack, D Quinn; J Keegan, D McGivney; G Rogers, B McKeon, M Quinn; D Mimnagh, J McGivney, D Doherty
Subs: J Hagan for Farrell (black card 52), M Hughes for Doherty (53), S Kenny for Rogers (59), A McElligott for Smyth (65), R McEntire for Kenny (76), C O'Donoghue for Cribbin (ht et), Doherty for Hughes (87), Smyth for O'Farrell (92)
REF – N Cullen (Fermanagh)