Friday, March 17, 2023

Allianz NHL Division 2A Round 5

By Pat Costello

KILDARE hurling manager, David Herity, has made one change in the team that had that powerful 2-20 to 0-21 win over Kerry on Saturday last, and has selected teenager, Cian Boran, at full forward for the same starting XV for Sunday’s clash with Offaly in the final round of Division 2A of the Allianz NHL in Glenisk O’Connor Park, Tullamore, thrown in 1pm


Paul Dolan will, once again, line out at midfield for Kildare hurlers clash with Offaly on Sunday Photo: Sean Brilly

This is a top of the table clash, both teams are unbeaten on eight points, and both are safely through to a League semi final meeting with Kerry but Sunday’s winners will go straight through to the final.

Not for the first time this year, James Burke, was Kildare’s top scorer against Kerry with Brian Byrne and Gerry Keegan chipping in with the two well worked goals. While it has been great to see the Celbridge man’s welcome return to form over the last two games, the performances of the likes of Cormac Byrne, Paul Dolan, Cathal McCabe and Cathal Dowling really caught the eye.

Offaly, who defeated Carlow 1-19 to 1-12 last time out, have suffered a severe blow as their talented forward, Oisin Kelly, suffered an ACL injury in that game.

Offaly V Kildare, Allianz National Hurling League Division 2A Round 5, Glenisk O’Connor Park, Tullamore, Sunday 19 March, 1pm Referee: Chris Mooney (Dublin)

1 Paddy McKenna Clane
2 Niall Ó Muineacháin Celbridge
3 Simon Leacy Naas
4 Cormac Byrne Éire Óg Corra Choill
5 Cian Shanahan Clane
6 Rian Boran Naas
7 Conan Boran Naas
8 Paul Dolan Éire Óg Corra Choill
9 Cathal McCabe Maynooth
10 James Burke Naas
11 Gerry Keegan Celbridge
12 Paul Divilly Confey
13 Brian Byrne Naas
14 Cian Boran Naas
15 Cathal Dowling Naas

16 Seán Burke Naas
17 Micheál Hogan Maynooth
18 Sean Christanseen Clane
19 Drew Costello Ardclough
20 Jack Travers Leixlip
21 Alan Goss Celbridge
22 Jack Higgins Éire Óg Corra Choill
23 Sean Whelan Ardclough
24 Mark Delaney Coill Dubh
25 Declan Flaherty Coill Dubh
26 Reece Gavin Moorefield

Management Team:

Manager: David Herity
Selectors: Deckie O’Toole, Nigel O’Hara, Paul Dermody, Sam Ryall

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