Thursday 23 November 2017

Game at a glance

Man of the match

John Doyle (Kildare)

He may have the yips from frees but his all-round performance was something to behold. He never stopped running into intelligent positions and finished with five impressive points from play.

Turning point

Kildare's second goal from Alan Smith just before the break, after four Meath points had diluted the impact of James Kavanagh's goal, set them up for an imperious second half.

Talking point

The power and relentless nature of Kildare's second half has set them up as potential All-Ireland finalists. Potential champions? After losing Dermot Earley, falling six points down and winning by eight points, why not?

Ref watch

Hard to argue with most of the decisions Marty Duffy made. A good display, though Meath will claim that a foul awarded against Kevin Reilly on 62 minutes that allowed Doyle to restore a three-point lead was critical.

What they said

Kieran McGeeney (Kildare manager):

"They put their bodies on the line and that's what you need. We were losing the battle at different stages but the boys stuck at it."

Eamonn O'Brien (Meath manager):

"We were under pressure from Kildare trying to play the ball and it certainly didn't get into the danger area the way that you would want."

Match statistics

Wides: Kildare 7 (4); Meath 8 (6).

Frees: Kildare 22 (10); Meath 14 (7).

Yellow cards: Kildare 3 (E Bolton 41, A MacLochlainn 70, D Flynn 71); Meath 6 (C O'Connor 28, S Kenny 36, 70), G O'Brien 54, B Meade 61, S O'Rourke 68).

Red cards: S Kenny 70.

Attendance: 47,016.

What next?

Kildare meet Down in an All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday, August 29, while Meath must look to redrafting their defence in 2011.

Irish Independent

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