Monday 20 November 2017

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Eamonn Callaghan (Kildare)

Scored 1-4 from play while operating in a play-making and ball-winning role around midfield. It looks like Kildare have finally found someone to fill the void left by the injury to Mikey Conway.

Turning point

There was no real turning point as Kildare scored seven consecutive points in response to Derry's dream start -- they were four clear when Callaghan goaled.

Talking point

How was Dermot Earley so influential despite hobbling through much of the game? And how much heart does Johnny Doyle have? The skipper took on a Brian Dooher role yesterday, once winning a free on his own 13m line.

Ref watch

Marty Duffy wouldn't want to take up a career as a joiner, given how far he brought the ball forward at times but overall he had a good game.

What they said

Kieran McGeeney (Kildare manager):

"It was a good display and it was a win. I'd have been happy to win eight-seven."

Match statistics

Wides: Kildare 6 (6); Derry 7 (5).

Frees: Kildare 28 (14); Derry 33 (17).

Yellow cards: Kildare 4 (A Smith 32, R Sweeney 42, E Bolton 55, B Flanagan 59); Derry 4 (E Muldoon 25, D Mullan 46, J Kielt 55, D McBride 69).

Red cards: Kildare 0; Derry 0.

Attendance: 3,412.

What next?

Kildare take on Monaghan next Saturday in the fourth round of the qualifiers, while Derry's year is over.

Irish Independent

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