IT was Kieran McGeeney’s first season in charge and what a way to begin the Leinster SFC campaign but with a first round defeat at the hands of Wicklow on a score line of Wicklow 0-13 Kildare 0-9, writes Tommy callaghan.
Despite that set back McGeeney seemed unfazed and immediately (that same afternoon) made plans for an all out assault in the Qualifiers.
It was the start of a love-hate relationship with the Qualifiers as to date Kildare have not lost one single game, winning thirteen and drawing one, against Antrim, and reaching an All Ireland quarter final on four occasions and an All Ireland semi final once.
That once was in 2008 and, ironcially was against Cork, a game referred by our old ‘friend’ Pat McEnaney.
Although there were just three points in it in the, there was no disputing the fact that Cork, fully deserved their win but at the same time Kildare showed enough to suggest they had the makings of a team capable of competing with the best of them, the rest, as they say is history.
Kildare lined out that day with six players that began last Saturday’s clash with Sligo and in total eleven players saw action that also saw action in Hyden Park on Saturday. The teams line dout as follows:
Enda Murphy; Morgan O’Flaherty, Kevin O’Neill, Andrew McLoughlin; Emmet Bolton, Mick Foley, Mark Scanlon; Killian Brennan (captain), Dermot Earley 0-1; James Kavanagh, Padraig O’Neill, Eamonn Callaghan; Alan Smith 0-3, Ken Donnelly, Johnny Doyle 1-5. Subs: Gary White for Mark Scanlon; Daryl Flynn for Killian Brennan; Mikey Conway 0-1 for Padraig O’Neill; Ronan Sweeney for Ken Donnelly; Anthony Rianbow for Eamonn Callaghan 0-1.
Alan Quirke; Anthony Lynch (captain), Derek Kavanagh, Diarmuid Duggan; Brian O’Regan, Ger Spillane, Kieran O’Connor; Pearse O’Neill 0-2, Alan O’Connor; Donncha O’Connor, James Masters 0-1, Sean O’Brien; Daniel Goulding 0-3, Michael Cussen 1-2, John Hayes 1-3. Subs: Michael Shields for Derek Kavanagh; Fintan Goold for Donncha O’Connor; John Miskella for Brian O’Regna; Paddy Kelly for Alan O’Connor; Noel O’Leary for Diarmuid Duggan.