Bord Gais Energy Leinster U20 Hurling Championship – Round 1
An amazing point by Kildare wing back Paul Dolan, his second of the game, five minutes into injury time, earned Kildare a one point victory in this high scoring but hugely entertaining Leinster U20 Hurling Championship game at Netwatch Cullen Park on Tuesday evening.
Kildare can thank freetaker, Liam Dempsey of Eire Og Corra Choill, for keeping them in the game at times but also for giving them the lead with his 13th point in the game, three minutes into injury time at the end of the game.
Carlow’s second goal from substitute, Conor Treacy in the 40th minute put Carlow into what looked like an unassailable 3-11 to 0 -14 lead, but Pat English’s Lilywhites never gave up and by the second half water break they had reduced the deficit to just a point thanks to substitute, Conor Treacy’s 46th minute goal, same name, different county.
The sides were level four times in those pulsating last 10 minutes plus six minutes of injury time. Jake Doyle kept the Carlow score-board ticking over, both from play and frees, and Dempsey responded in kind for Kildare.
A couple of Muiris Curtin points put Kildare two up with two minutes of normal time remaining. Jake Doyle with a point from a free and one from play had the sides level for the eight time and extra time looked a distinct possibility before Moorefield’s Curtin sealed the deal for Kildare with a superb finish from near the sideline about 50 yards out.
It was an exciting and close opening half with the sides level on four occasions before Carlow went in two points up following their second goal from midfielder, Eoin Hosey, a minute into first half injury time.
Each time Carlow looked like pulling away in either half Kildare were brave in fighting back and claiming the win.
Kildare will now face Wexford in St Conleth’s Park in Round 2 on Tuesday next, 6 July at 7.30pm.
KILDARE: Sean Burke; Peter O’Donoghue, John McKeown, Matthew Eustace; Rossa Stapleton, Cian Shanahan, Paul Dolan 0-2; Conan Boran 0-2, Kevin Kelleher; Muiris Curtin 0-2, Liam Dempsey 0-13 (f) , Jack Higgins 0-1; Daragh Melville 0-2, Ferran O’Sullivan, Cathal McCabe 0-1. Subs: Harry Dunne for Kelleher 37, Conor Treacy (1-0) for Higgins 40, Ciaran Flanagan for Rossa Stapleton 54, Daniel Murray for Eustace 55, Alan Goss for McCabe 61.
CARLOW: Ciaran Abbey; Colm Beck, Niall Bolger, Eoghan Dowling; Paidi O’Shea, Fiachra Fitzpatrick, Darragh Nolan; Eoin Hosey 1-1, Fiach O’Toole 1-1, Jack McCullagh 0-1; Conor Kehoe 0-4 (2f) , Niall Hickey, John Doyle 0-1; Scott Treacy, Jake Doyle 0-8 (5f), Fiach O’Toole. Subs: Conor Treacy 1-0 for Scott Treacy 34,
REFEREE: Thomas Gleeson (Dublin)