Hard luck to the county’s hurlers, who were beaten by Kildare by the narrowest of margins – 0-17 to 0-16 – in this afternoon’s opening round Christy Ring Cup tie at James Stephens Park in Ballina.
It was a battling performance from JP Coen’s charges, who went in four points behind at half-time and then suffered a serious setback when David Kenny saw red for an off-the-ball incident after the break. With fifteen minutes left, they trailed the visitors by six points but a gutsy fightback left them just a single point behind at the finish.
Despite the result, Keith Higgins seemed to relish his first outing of the year with the hurlers. He banged over ten of his side’s total at Ballina this afternoon.
Report on today’s match by Colm Gannon in the Mayo Advertiser is here.