Bryan Murphy’s minor footballers will be aiming to make it to the last four in Leinster when they tackle Louth at St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, on Saturday (3 pm throw-in) writes TOMMY CALLAGHAN.
Kildare, and it has to be said, a well fancied Kildare side, opened their account this year with an excellent win over Wexford in Newbridge on a score line of 3-19 to 0-10. It was a very impressive display with a couple of top class individual displays.
On Saturday Louth are the opposition and the word from the Wee County is that they have a formidable outfit.
They defeated Westmeath in their opening game (2-10 to 0-6) so that score line alone emphasises the threat that the boys in red could well pose for Kildare on Saturday.
Louth, were in fact trailing Westmeath at the interval but completely dominated the second half to win very comfortably in the end.
Kildare selector, Mick Hoban, told the Leinster Leader this week he was happy with the preparation and that they have a clean bill of health except for Oisin Gill who looks like a knock will keep him out of contention.
Hoban said they are expecting a very tough challenge from Louth who are a big physical side and will have no concerns coming to Newbridge.
“Overall we are very happy the way things have gone, we played Kerry in a challenge on Bank Holiday Monday and were more than pleased with the display and while there were a few points in it in the end we were there when it counted before giving all our lads a bit of game time” added the Naas club man.
While Kildare defeated Wexford comfortably in the end in their opening round game, they led by just a single point at the break (0-7 to 0-6). However, in the second with the nerves settled and the play opening up they showed their true potential hitting a very impressive 3-10 in the second thirty minutes.
If that kind of form can be brought into Saturday’s game then The Lilies will indeed be tough to defeat.
As usual, of course, it will come down to who performs on the day. The Louth defence conceded just six points in their game against Westmeath so that suggests they are a strong outfit at the back but as selector Mick Hoban said during the week “if we can perform at the level we know we can perform we will be happy, you can’t ask any more than that.”
Throw-in on Saturday is at 3 pm, so why not go along and lend these lads who have worked extremely hard over the past few months, a bit of support.