Vital win against the auld enemy

A win over Laois any day of the week is to be welcomed but to beat them after they had gone three games without a loss and sitting pretty on top of the Allianz Division 2 table is even more sweeter.

A win over Laois any day of the week is to be welcomed but to beat them after they had gone three games without a loss and sitting pretty on top of the Allianz Division 2 table is even more sweeter.

There were times, it has to be said, that it did not look tood good for the home side who were finding it very difficult to break down a resolute Laois defence.

A defence that bore all the hall marks of the Armagh style of play, as of course, Kildare play has been since Mr McGeeney arrived on the scene. In fairness to Geezer his game plan has been somewhat refined from his early days but for his counterpart and fellow player for many a day, Justin McNulty, it was all hands on deck; as he got as many players as possible behind the ball with at least one extra defender playing in defence for the entire second half.

It was something that Kildare surely would have planned for but for long periods in the second half they seemed oblivious to Niall Donoher as he positioned himself between his own full and half back line doing an awful lot of hoovering up as Kildare dropped the ball on top of him time and time again.

One aspect of the Kildare play that will have their manager and his people pulling their hair out was the number of times they gave possession away. Some very poor distribution at times could have cost them this game and on at least three or four occasion in the second half the wrong option was taken, shooting for goal when surrounded by two, three or more players, instead of looking for a man they opted for the posts.

That was in complete contrast to what happened in Donegal two weeks ago when time out of number they passed when 30 yards or so out when the obvious thing was to have a go for the posts.

No doubt it has been drilled into players since that Donegal game that when you get into possession shoot but unfortunatley on this occasion they overdid the shooting when the right option was to pass to an unmarked player.

That may have been the negative side of the display but there were also some very important positives despite the absence of Johnny Doyle (illness); David Whyte (a recurrence of a back injury that plagued him last season) while a bruised foot forced Eamonn Callaghan to sit this one out.

On the plus side Gary White, in his first start of the season, had a great game and looks to be near the form that we know he is capable of. Mick Foley is settling in well at number three while considering how long he has been on the sidelines, Daryl Flynn showed that he has lost none of his championship form of last season, while the return of Morgan O’Flaherty is another great boost.

So all in all, a win over Laois (very important), two valuable points gained; and with three rounds remaining lying in fourth spot, just a point off the top three teams.

All to play for in the next few weeks.

This Sunday, Meath are the visitors to Newbridge. Don’t miss it!