ON this day ten years, Kildare’s minors finally overcame Dublin following a captivating Leinster quarter-final trilogy.
The teams actually met four times that during that 2010 summer but after Kildare beat Dublin in the opening round, the Dubs came through the back door and the counties were paired against each other once again in the last eight stage.
The first game was played in Newbridge and gave notice of what to come. Kildare had the better of a superb contest and led by five points going into the last minute of normal time but a late Harry Dawson goal followed by two injury time points sent the game into extra time.
Fergal Conway, Fionn Dowling and Padraig Fogarty scored early in extra time but Dawson was superb for the visitors and scored the last three points of the game, to bring his tally to 1-7, and leave the game in a tie, 0-16 to 1-13.
The replay was set a week later in Parnell Park and was once again a high class affair. Kildare started well and led by a Padraig Fogarty goal at half time but Dublin came back into it during the second half.
The game flowed from end to end with some wonderful scores at both ends but Kildare looked set for victory when Sean Hurley put them two points ahead in the final minutes. However, Dublin were able to find the crucial late points, including a last gasp equaliser by Adam Caffrey, to send the game to extra time.
If anything, the quality of the extra time period was even higher. Two points apiece in the first half left the teams tied again at half time but Dublin went ahead early in the second half when Phil Ryan hit the back of the net from a penalty. Kildare responded with a penalty of their own from Kevin Feely but Ryan point left the Dubs on the verge of a semi-final place.
But Feely stepped up to be the Kildare hero and kicked a simply magnificent levelling point to leave the final score at Kildare 2-10 Dublin 1-13.
The teams had to wait for a month for the second replay due to the Leaving Cert and Bryan Murphy’s team finally got the better of Val Andrews team in Navan.
Paul Cribbin was superb on the night and kicked five points in a 1-13 to 0-13 win. It certainly wasn’t easy though and eight points from Ciaran Kilkenny kept Dublin right in the game until the very end.
Another first half Fogarty goal helped Kildare into 1-7 to 0-4 lead at half time but with Kilkenny to the fore, the Dubs halved that lead early in the second half.
When Dublin cut the lead back to a single point in the final quarter another draw looked a possibility but scores from Fionn Dowling and Marcus Duke pulled Kildare clear. The winners still needed a late save from Mark Donnellan to deny Jack McCaffrey a late equalising goal.
Although Kildare came through the game, the efforts required took their toll and five days later they surprisingly lost a semi-final to Longford.
However, the memories of that trilogy lives on. Just look at the quality of player involved. The vast majority of Kildare players over the course of the three games went on to play senior football for Kildare and it was the first time that the likes of Paul Cribbin, Sean Hurley Kevin Feely and Padraig Fogarty really came to the wider county’s attention. As many as five or six from that squad could feature for Jack O’Connor later in the year once the inter-county season resumes.
Ciaran Kilkenny and Jack McCaffrey are the stand out names in the Dublin teams but the likes of Harry Dawson and Adam Caffrey were superb during these games as well.
22 May 2010 – ESB Leinster Minor Championship Quarter Final
Kildare 0-16 Dublin 1-13 AET
Scorers: Kildare – P Fogarty 0-4, L McGovern 0-3fs, F Dowling 0-3, P Cocoman 0-1, P Cribbin 0-1, F Conway 0-1, S Hurley 0-1, T Moolick 0-1, N Kelly 0-1.
Dublin – H Dawson 1-7, F Duffy 0-3 (1f), A Caffrey 0-2 (1f), P Ryan 0-1.
Kildare: Mark Donnellan (Maynooth); Michael Konstantin (Celbridge), Gavin Farrell (Castledermot), Barry Egan (Clane); Marcus Duke (Kilcock), John Comerford (Maynooth), Johnny Byrne (Allenwood); Sean Hurley (Johnstownbridge), Tommy Moolick (Leixlip); Liam McGovern (Athy), Philip Cocoman (Naas), Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge); Conor Murphy (Clane), Padraig Fogarty (St. Laurence’s), Fionn Dowling (Suncroft). Subs: Niall Kelly (Athy) for Murphy, 45; Fergal Conway (Celbridge) for McGovern, 55; Warren Kealy (Moorefield) for Byrne, 61; Roger Glynn (St. Laurence’s) for Moolick, 61; Tommy Moolick for Cocoman (half time ex); Conor Plunkett (Celbridge) for Farrell (half time ex), Tony Gibbons (Athy) for Glynn, 79.
Dublin: Colin Murphy; Niall McGovern, David Shatwell, Michael Durcan; Michael Gibbs, Luke Fletcher, Stephen Fitzsimons; Peter O’Curry, Danny Byrne; Adam Fallon, Fergal Duffy, Emmet O Conghaile; Sean Stewart, Harry Dawson, Adam Caffrey. Subs: Philly Ryan for O Conghaile, 15; JJ Martin for O’Curry, 34; Paul Maguire for Fitzsimons, 40; Donagh McCabe for Gibbs, 56; Ryan Basquel for Ryan, 56, Peter O’Curry for Byrne, 61; Jack McCaffrey for Maguire, 65; Graham Heavey for Shatwell, 68; Niall O’Flynn for Adam Caffrey.
Joe Curley (Meath).
29 May 2010 – ESB Leinster Minor Championship Quarter Final replay
Dublin 1-13 Kildare 2-10 AET
Scorers: Kildare – P Fogarty 1-2, L McGovern 0-3 (1f); K Feely 1-1 (1-0pen), F Dowling 0-1, S Hurley 0-1, P Cocoman 0-1, P Cribbin 0-1.
Dublin – C Diamond 0-3 (2fs), P Ryan 1-4 (1f), S Stewart 0-2, F Duffy 0-2 (1f) A Caffrey 0-1, J McCaffrey 0-1.
Kildare: Mark Donnellan (Maynooth); Michael Konstantin (Celbridge), Johnny Byrne (Allenwood), Barry Egan (Clane); Marcus Duke (Kilcock), Tommy Moolick (Leixlip), John Comerford (Maynooth); Sean Hurley (Johnstownbridge), Kevin Feely (Athy); Liam McGovern (Athy), Philip Cocoman (Naas), Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge); Conor Murphy (Clane), Padraig Fogarty (St Laurences), Fionn Dowling (Suncroft). Subs: Fergal Conway (Celbridge) for Cribbin, 41; Niall Kelly (Athy) for Murphy, 47; Tony Gibbons (Athy) for Duke, 65.
Dublin: Colin Murphy; Michael Durcan, David Shatwell, Adam Fallon; Niall McGovern, Luke Fletcher, Stephen Fitzsimons; Peter O’Curry, Michael Gibbs; Cormac Diamond, Fergal Duffy, Danny Byrne; Sean Stewart, Harry Dawson, Adam Caffrey. Subs: Jack McCaffrey for McGovern, 33; Philip Ryan for Dawson, h/t; Donnchadh McCabe for Fitzsimons, 41; Paul Basquel for Gibbs, 50; Collie Woods for O’Curry, 55; Niall O’Flynn for Diamond (start of et); Harry Dawson for Basquel, 73; Andrew O’Brien for Niall O’Flynn.
Referee: Niall Ward, Westmeath.
29 June 2010 – ESB Leinster Minor Championship Quarter Final second replay
Kildare 1-13 Dublin 0-13
Scorers: Kildare – P Cribbin 0-5, P Fogarty 1-1, L McGovern 0-3 (2fs), S Hurley 0-2 (1f), M Duke 0-1, F Dowling 0-1.
Dublin – C Kilkenny 0-8 (6fs), C Woods 0-2 (1s), A Caffrey 0-1, H Dawson 0-1, S Stewart 0-1,
Kildare – Mark Donnellan (Maynooth); Mick Konstantin (Celbridge), Johnny Byrne (Allenwood), Barry Egan (Clane); Marcus Duke (Kilcock), Tommy Moolick (Leixlip), John Comerford (Maynooth); Sean Hurley (Johnstownbridge), Kevin Feely (Athy); Liam McGovern (Athy), Philip Cocoman (Naas), Paul Cribbin (Johnstowbridge); Niall Kelly (Athy), Padraig Fogarty (St Laurences), Fionn Dowling (Suncroft). Subs: Tony Gibbons (Athy) for Hurley, 34; Fergal Conway (Celbridge) for Cocoman, 44; Conor Plunkett (Celbrige) for Kelly, 60.
Dublin – Colin Murphy; Michael Durcan, Danny Byrne, Michael Gibbs; Niall McGovern, Adam Caffrey, Adam Fallon; Luke Fletcher, Peter O’Curry; Cormac Diamond, Fergal Duffy, Harry Dawson; Sean Stewart, Ciaran Kilkenny, Philip Ryan. Subs – Jack McCaffrey for Gibbs, 25; Donnchadh McCabe for Byrne, 27; Collie Woods for Diamond, 36; JJ Martin for Ryan, 47; Ryan Basquel for Duffy, 56.
Ref – D Brazil (Offaly).