Monday 11 December 2017

Reidy helps Lilywhites keep 14-man Mayo at bay

Kildare 0-17 Mayo 0-16

Keith Higgins Picture: Sportsfile
Keith Higgins Picture: Sportsfile

Fourteen-man Mayo came up just short against Kildare in the first round of the Christy Ring Cup at James Stephens Park, Ballina, yesterday.

David Kenny picked up straight red card for an off-the-ball incident just six minutes into the second half. And Mayo were also hit with a second red just after on the final whistle when Kieran McDermott also saw red after an alleged stamp on a player just after the final whistle.

Despite being a man down Mayo never gave up as they trailed at one stage by six points but it was deep into five minutes of injury-time that Mayo came within a point of their rivals only to be denied by the final whistle.

Kildare led by 0-10 to 0-6 at the break, eight of those points coming from placed-balls from David Reidy.

Keith Higgins, playing his first game of hurling this season, knocked over four frees for Mayo, who trailed by five at one stage, but came back strong with excellent back-to-back scores from play from, Joseph McManus and Diarmuid McLoughlin.

Scorers - Kildare: D Reidy 0-13 (11f, 2 '65s), J Sheridan 0-2, J Mulhall and M Delaney 0-1 each. Mayo: K Higgins 0-10 (9f), J NcManus 0-3, D McLoughlin, C Scahill, S Regan 0-1 each.

Kildare: P Dermody; C Forde, J Doran, N Ó Muineacháin; M Reidy, M Maloney, R Bergin; P Divilly, C Bonus; M Purcell, D Reilly, J Sheridan; B Byrne, R Ryan, M Delaney. Subs: J Mulhall for R Ryan (h-t), P Ryan for Purcell (45), S Ryan for Delaney (55),

Mayo: D Freyne; S Mulroy, G McManus, M Morley; S Morley, D Kenny, C Freeman; E McLoughlin, K McDermott; J McManus, S Regan, K Higgins; D McLoughlin, C Scahill, S Boland. Sub: G Nolan for Boland (49).

Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)

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