AFTER watching his side play a challenge game against Galway at Moorefield on Sunday, Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney was left counting the cost of injury.
Eoin Doyle was replaced in the first half after going over on his ankle and appeared on the sideline in the second half on crutches, although that may just have been precautionary. St Laurence’s midfielder Padraig O’Neill took no part having picked up a knock in training during the week.
“Eoin Doyle went over on his ankle. As usual with Eoin you have to drag him off which is a good sign in a player. Hopefully he’ll get a bit of a rest over the next couple of weeks which will help it clear up. Padraig took a knock during the week. It’s just a bruise on the inside of his leg. Sean Hurley ran into him so it is a big enough bruise. Paddy Brophy hurt his thumb there too but he should be grand,” said McGeeney.
The players now go back to their clubs to play the first round of the championship before meeting back up next week when the countdown to the Leinster quarter final against Offaly begins.
“We’re hoping to have a couple of challenge games before the Offaly match but the players go back to their clubs this evening. It will be six or seven days before we get to see them again. We’ll reassess things next Monday night if there are no draws in the championship and we have everybody back. It’s a four-week lead in period to the Offaly game then,” said McGeeney, who was impressed with the performance of Moorefield midfielder Daryl Flynn in Sunday’s challenge victory against Galway.
“Daryl was very impressive in the first half, that was his first solid 35 minutes of the year which is good, that was a big plus for us,” said the manager.
Kildare kicked some terrific scores at times and McGeeney was pleased with how the forward line linked up at times.
“The movement and that was good in the forward line and we probably could have got a couple more scores, maybe we overdid it once or twice. We got a run out for a couple of players as well so it was good,” he said.
One of the downsides was an experiment that saw goalkeepers Mark Donnellan and Shane Connolly attempt 45s but they could only manage three wides between them.
“It was a decent workout,” said McGeeney. “We probably did better in the second half in terms of being against the breeze and they were bringing on some of their stronger players. A decent display all round though, we could have got a few more scores on the board but I was happy enough with it.”
McGeeney was also impressed by the venue for Sunday’s challenge – a game that took place as part of the festivities to unveil the club’s new clubhouse.
“It’s a very impressive here, from the moment you come in. They’ve some set up here. They’ve been a good club, they’ve always been very decent to us. We’ve had three or four great fellas with them over the years – Roli and Daryl, David Whyte, Tom (Corley). They’ve always been very good to us so it was good that we could repay them today.”