Saturday, April 16, 2022

CHRISTY RING CUP – ROUND 2

KILDARE 3-35

LONDON 3-14

By Richard Commins

KILDARE overcame a disastrous start to put up a huge score against London in the second game of their Christy Ring Cup campaign at St Conleth’s Park on Saturday afternoon.

One of Kildare’s heroes, Paul Dolan, is challenged by London’s Dean Bruen and the London defence in the Christy Ring Cup Round 2 game in Newbridge on Saturday Photo: Sean Brilly

London were delayed en route but they had the boost of a bizarre own goal from Kildare corner back Niall Ó Muineacháin in the opening minute, the Celbridge veteran completely over-hitting a pass back to goalkeeper Paddy McKenna who watched helplessly as the ball went over his head.

As if that wasn’t bad enough for the home side, they were far too lax in allowing Jack Goulding through the heart of the defence to fire a second goal after five minutes.

However, Kildare recovered, despite a few nervy moments and by the time London centre back Paddy McNaughton was sent off midway through the half for a frontal charge on Cathal McCabe, the home side had moved 0-10 to 2-2 ahead.

Despite never hitting their best form, Kildare had the game effectively wrapped up by half-time, leading by 0-18 to 2-5. The second half developed into a training spin for the home side and two goals from Jack Sheridan and one from sub Mark Delaney along with a succession of points put the game to bed.

London did finish strongly, scoring 1-2 in injury time, their goal coming from Fiachra O’Keeffe, but it was comfortable for David Herity’s side, who have now won their opening two games by a combined 51 point margin.

They face a big step up in opposition next Saturday with Derry coming to Newbridge.

KILDARE: Paddy McKenna; Niall O Muineacháin, Simon Leacy, Cathal Derivan; Paul Dolan 0-2, Rian Boran 0-1, Kevin Whelan; Cathal McCabe 0-3, Paul Divilly 0-1; Brian Byrne 0-2, James Burke 0-9 (8fs), Jack Sheridan 2-4; Gerry Keegan 0-4, Shane Ryan 0-2, Cathal Dowling 0-3. Subs: Jack Travers for Whelan 24, Tom Finnerty for Derivan 33, Mark Delaney 1-1 for O Muineacháin 43, Seán Christianseen 0-1 for Divilly 49, Pat Leahy 0-1 for McCabe 60, Andy Shanagher for Keegan (b/s 65)

LONDON: Stephen Bardon; Luke Hanley, Padraig Muldoon, Brian McCarthy; Conor Byrne 0-2, Paddy McNaughton, Dean Bruen; Donal Hannon, Jack Goulding 1-3; Sean Lordan 0-1, Mark Dwyer 0-3, Fergal Collins; Malcolm Flannery 0-1, Ronan Crowley 0-3 (2fs 1’65), Sean Glynn 0-1. Subs: Fiachra O’Keeffe 1-0 for Crowley 27, Cian Lordan for Collins HT, Patrick Earley for McCarthy 49, Colin Nelson for Glynn 55, Paddy O’Toole for Bruen 61. Niall O Muineachain (Own Goal 1-0).

REFEREE: Nathan Wall (Cork)

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