Kildare were crowned Leinster Junior champions after a rip-roaring contest against a game Longford side this evening (Wednesday 26 June) making it their eleventh title at this level on a score line of Kildare 2-16 Longford 3-8.
It close throughout the opening half with just a point separating the sides at the break. However Kildare, with a great Cathal McNally goal in the second half pulled clear to win by four points.
Goals were the order of the opening half with Longford corner back Brendan Devine netting after six minutes. However Cian Bolton replied for the home side a few minutes later getting on the end of a Darren Barker ‘45’ to level up.
Kildare on from there and were three clear despite senior panelist Keith Cribbin going off injured after a clash with Marty Mulvey.
Longford got back into it two minutes later when awarded an extremely soft penalty, converted by Paddy Dowd to level it up.
Points were exchanged before Hugh Mahon, showing his pace punched over the last point of the half to leave half time score reading Kildare 1-8 Longford 2-4.
William Clynch (Grange); James O’Connor (Johnstownbridge), William Burke (Two Mile House), Peter Warren (Maynooth); Daithi Duke (Kilcock), Darren Barker (Kilcullen), Colin O’Shea (Milltown); Keith Cirbbin 0-2 (Johnstownbrige), Shane Darcy (Two Mile House); Hughie Mahon 0-2 (Athy), Seamus Hanafin cpt 0-2f (Ballyteague), Colum Fagan (Rathcoffey); Paddy Mahon 0-1 (Castledermot), Cian Bolton 1-3 (2 frees)estown) Eoin Powderly (Kilcock). Subs: Jonathan Byrne 0-2 (Allenwood) for Keith Cribbin (17 minute); Graham Waters 0-1 (Raheens) for Daithi Duke (half time); Cathal McNally 1-1 (Johnstownbridge) for Eoin Powderly (half time); Daniel Grehan (Clogherinkoe) for William Burke (44 minute);
Longford: Paddy Colum; Ronan Keogh, Barry O’Farrell, Brendan Devine 1-0; Shane Powell, Darragh Bennett 1-0, Mark Duffy;
Johnny Kane, Darren Gallagher; Daniel Mimnagh 0-1, Paul McKeown 0-2 (1 free), Shane Doyle 0-1; Mark Hughes 0-2, Paddy Dowd 1-1 (penalty), Marty Mulvey. Subs: Ger Dennigan for Johnny Kane (23 minute); Barry McKeon 0-1 for Marty Mulvey (half time); John Paul Reilly for Shane Powell (40 minute); Jamesie Martin for Paul McKeon (51 minute).
Referee: Fergal Smith, Offaly