Wednesday 13 December 2017

Thriller ends all square as late Duggan strike earns Exiles a point

London 1-11 Kildare 0-14

'Kildare never let their opponents out of sight' Stock photo: Sportsfile
'Kildare never let their opponents out of sight' Stock photo: Sportsfile newsdesk

Martin Duggan salvaged a draw for London with a close-range free deep into stoppage time as Kildare picked up their first point in Allianz National Hurling League Division 2A on Saturday.

In what was a physical, pulsating game of hurling at the Irish TV Grounds in Ruislip, the hosts held a slender lead for the majority of the game but were forced to settle for a draw.

The sides were level on five points apiece at half-time, but Duggan scored the only goal of the game with the first score of a tense second-half.

That goal handed London the initiative but Kildare never let their opponents out of sight, and they clawed their way level with nine minutes remaining.

Kildare substitute Mark Delaney thought he'd won the game with a sublime injury-time point but an infringement at the other end allowed Duggan to pop over a simple free after three minutes of stoppage time, ensuring both sides picked up a point.

SCORERS - London: K Reid (1f) 0-5; M Duggan 1-1; K O'Loughlin (3f) 0-3, D Roberts, D Browne 0-1 each. Kildare: G Keegan (3f) 0-6; M Fitzgerald 0-2; M Delaney, M Moloney, N O'Muineachain, P Cocoman, D Flaherty, J Sheridan 0-1 each.
London - E Kelly 7; T Lawrence 7, L Gaule 6, C McAlinden 7; F Collins 6, B Regan 6, O Gateley 7; H Vaughan 7, D Browne 7; M O'Dwyer 6, K Reid 9, D Roberts 7; K O'Loughlin 7, M Duggan 8, B Walsh 7. Subs: S O'Donnell 6 for Walsh (28), P Phelan 6 for M O'Dwyer (50), D Morkam 7 for H Vaughan (66); M Murphy 6 on for S O'Donnell (66).
Kildare - P Dermody 6; R Bergin 6, J Doran 7, C Gordon 7; S Gainey 7, M Moloney 7, P Divilly 7; N O'Muineachain 7, M Fitzgerald 7; P Cocoman 7, D Flaherty 7, T Brady 6; J Sheridan 7, G Keegan 8, S Ryan 7. Subs: M Delaney 7 for S Ryan (52); P Ryan 6 for S Gainey (61); R Casey 6 for T Brady (65).
Ref - Eamonn Hassan (Derry).

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