Sport Hurling

Sunday 25 February 2018

Kildare firepower too hot for Derry

Kildare 4-18
Derry 1-13

A rampant Kildare full-forward line put an injury and suspension-hit Derry to the sword at Banagher in this one-sided quarter-final.

By the 14-minute mark, the Lilywhites' inside trio of Tony Murphy, David Harney and Martin Fitzgerald had all found the Derry net to leave Kildare ahead by 3-1 to 1-5, with the Derry goal coming from Cathal McKeever.

Derry closed the gap to a point thanks to the accuracy of full-forward Michael Kirkpatrick, but a string of scores saw Kildare lead 3-8 to 1-9 at the break.

Kildare put the game to bed in the first minute of the second half when Fitzgerald struck his side's fourth goal as the visitors powered away from the Ulster men.

Man of the Match: Martin Fitzgerald (Kildare)

SCORERS -- Kildare: M Fitzgerald 2-4, T Murphy 1-2, D Harney 1-1, L Quinn 0-4, C Kenny 0-3, D Kennedy 0-2, M Moloney, T Byrne 0-1 each. Derry: M Kirkpatrick 0-6 (4f), C McKeever 1-1, O McCloskey 0-4 (2f), O Doherty 0-2.

Kildare -- R Connolly 6; J Doran 5, F O Muineachain 5, N O Muineachain 6; J Byrne 7, R Hoban 6, T Byrne 6; K Divilly 6, B White 5; C Kenny 7, M Moloney 6, L Quinn 8; T Murphy 8, D Harney 7, M Fitzgerald 8. Subs: D Kennedy 7 for White 22, D Moloney 5 for T Byrne 61, P Fitzgerald 5 for D Kennedy 64, P Reidy 5 for J Byrne 65.

Derry -- D McDermott 5; R McCloskey 5, C Quinn 4, L Hawkins 5; D McCloskey 5, C McKenna 6, S Cassidy 5; C McKeever 6, C Mackle 5; A Grant 7, O McCloskey 6, M Craig 8; O Doherty 8, M Kirkpatrick 7, B Quigley 8. Subs: L Hinphey 5 for Quinn 40, S Farren 5 for D McCloskey 45, N Magill 5 for McKeever 50, T McElwee 5 for O Doherty 55, C Quinn 5 for R McCloskey 62.

Ref -- G Duffy (Antrim).

Irish Independent

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