Friday 18 October 2019

Lilies hammer defiant Dubs with brace of late goals

Kildare 2-21 Dublin 1-19

Full bloom: Kildare’s minor footballers celebrate their thrilling Leinster football final success against Dublin. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Full bloom: Kildare’s minor footballers celebrate their thrilling Leinster football final success against Dublin. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Rónán MacLochlainn

Kildare collected their ninth Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship title as extra-time goals from Eoin Bagnall and Aaron Browne helped them past Dublin in a thrilling decider at Páirc Tailteann on Saturday.

With the sides deadlocked at 0-14 to 1-11 at full-time, Bagnall netted in the opening minute of extra-time and the imperious Browne was equally clinical ten minutes later with an emphatic finish beyond Hugh O'Sullivan.

Dublin's Luke Swan, front, scores his side's first goal. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin's Luke Swan, front, scores his side's first goal. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Kildare, and Browne in particular, looked to have done enough in normal time as they held a narrow one-point lead deep into injury time but a superb Fionn Murray point with the last kick of the game offered the Dubs what proved a brief reprieve from their fate.

Dublin's cause was not helped by first-half injuries to central defensive pillars Ben Millist and Senan Forker as Kildare began to find greater space up front with midfielder Shane Flynn adding two sumptuous points.

"We took a big few injuries in the first-half that probably knocked our shape out a little bit but I was really proud of the way that they came back and levelled it in injury time," said Dublin manager Jim Lehane. "In fairness to Kildare, they were fantastic and fully deserved their victory." Dublin built on their narrow 0-8 to 0-7 interval lead when Luke Swan netted a scruffy goal within a minute of the restart but despite that, their opponents began to dominate matters.

Kildare gradually reeled in their opponents thanks to scores from Bagnall, Browne, Kevin Eustace and substitute Mikey Delahunty. Dublin were unfortunate, with Murray's rising shot cannoning off the crossbar.

Kildare's Eoin Bagnall celebrates scoring his side's first goal. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kildare's Eoin Bagnall celebrates scoring his side's first goal. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

His wonderful point late on spared his team initially but the concession of two late goals proved their undoing.

Kildare goalie Cian Burke ensured there would be no late comeback with saves to deny Ryan O'Dwyer and Luke Curran, the former from the penalty spot. "I can't emphasise enough what a team performance it was - from all the players to the backroom team, everyone carries their weight," said Lilies manager Colin Ward.

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Scorers - Kildare: A Browne, E Bagnall (6f) 1-7 each; S Flynn 0-3; E Meehan 0-2; K Eustace, M Delahunty 0-1 each. Dublin: F Murray 0-10 (8f, 1 '45); L Swan 1-1, R O'Dwyer 0-4 (2f, 1 pen); L Curran 0-2; A Rogers, R Keogh 0-1 each.

Kildare: C Burke; M Maguire, C Boran, T Gill; PJ Cullen, O O'Rourke, J Quinn; S Flynn, K Eustace; A Browne, C O'Brien, E Bagnall; O Milmoe, A Conneely, A Boyle. Subs: D Woulfe for Milmoe (36), M Delahunty for O'Brien (43), R Comeau for O'Rourke (50), E Meehan for Woulfe (57), M Whelan for Boyle (60+4), M Spillane for Conneely (69), J Kavanagh for Maguire (70, BC), L Doran for Eustace (74).

Dublin: H O'Sullivan; C Tyrell, B Millist, C Archer; K Conroy, S Forker, J Lundy; D O'Dowd, L Murphy-Guinane; R O'Dwyer, L Swan, F Murray; A Rogers, R Keogh, S Kinsella. Subs: A Watson for Millist (20), B Harding for Forker (30+5), R Bolger for Kinsella (36), D Fagan for O'Dwyer (48), T Brennan for Keogh (48), H Colclough for Lundy (52), L Curran for Rogers (61), M Nealon for Archer (61), O'Dwyer for Brennan (70), Keogh for Murphy-Guinane (71).

REF - David Hickey (Carlow)

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