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Kildare kill off minor hopes

Minors v Kildare

Photo: @Mayomanindublin

At senior level, we ended Kildare’s championship gallop in Round 3B of the qualifiers a few weeks back. This afternoon at O’Connor Park, however, the Lilywhites’ minors returned the favour, dumping our lads out of the race for the Tom Markham Cup. Kildare won today’s All-Ireland quarter-final clash at Tullamore by 2-14 to 2-8 and they now advance to face back-to-back minor champions Kerry in the semi-final.

Up to half-time, it looked as if this one was going okay for us. Our lads reached the turn leading by a point but they faced an increasingly uphill battle after the break. Kildare took charge of the contest during the third quarter and a second goal for them near the end sealed the deal for the Leinster champions.

I wasn’t at Tullamore myself today but the indefatigable Colm Gannon was and his match report for the Mayo Advertiser is here. There are also reports on the game on the GAA website, Irish Times, Irish Independent and The 42.

Commiserations to Enda Gilvarry and his charges on the ending of their minor championship hopes for this year.

Comments

  1. Mayo Exile says:

    Followed today’s Minor match on twitter which is a frustrating experience, most of all because in such transmissions we are never told which team has wind advantage in 1st half. I was stuck with twitter because i tuned into MWR at 2pm only to find music and assumed it wasn’t covering the match – subsequently discovered via this blog that it had.

  2. I’m afraid not so WJ , I believe we were in front by one at the break. 2/4 to 1/6
    Mayo Exile, I listened on Kfm as Mid West was only giving updates. Not great listening, to the commentators or the performance.

  3. Thanks for that correction, Nephin – you’re right, we were just a point up at the break. 2-2 to 1-4 according to @MayoGAA.

  4. I saw Kildare beat a very good Meath team here in Navan after extra time. They were a very physically strong team. Meath had a very good corner forward & Liam Harnans nephew at full back was excellent it a bit small.

  5. Hard luck to the minors, it was not your day but doesnt mean that you wont go on to greater things in Croke park somewhere down the line. Keep the faith and work hard.

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