Kildare came into this game requiring only a draw to progress to the next round and end up with runners –up spot in the Division, writes Pat McNally.
FAI Youth Inter League
Carlow DL: 2
This division had already been won by the Wexford League but there was still something to look forward to as the winners of this game advanced to a play off against the South Tipperary League to advance to the quarter finals.
Despite the bad weather coming into this game Naas Sports Centre was in impressive turn out as Kildare started well in this entertaining game.
Conor Delahunty was the star of the show with a hat trick ands showed that he meant business as early as the second minute however this time his shot went narrowly wide.
Carlow were also a threat and Gearoid Cuddihy’s cross went narrowly wide of Ciaran Behan’s right hand post.
Carlow also had a free kick given to them on the edge of the box and Donal Smithers tested Ciaran Behan in the Kildare goal who brought off a fine save.
Kildare opened the scoring after 22 minutes when Delahunty defied the attempt of Jakob Dobojr and his shot looped over Carlow keepers head to score from twenty yards.
At this stage Kildare were on top and should have gone further ahead when Harte was wide with an effort which went wide.
As is the norms in games like this Kildare were punished for not taking their chances and Carlow got back into the game when Donal Smither scored with a header just ten minutes before the break.
Kildare composed themselves during the half time break and restored their ascendency with a series of corner kicks straight after the break.
Delahunty eventually put Kildare in front when he scored in a crowded goalmouth after a well taken corner by Conor Whelan.
Delahunty deservedly got his hat trick when he scored from a shot from outside the box after 31 minutes.
Conor Whelan scored the fourth after 85 minutes when Conor Whelan scored after good work by Dylan Merrigan.
With time running out Carlow got a consolation goal when they were awarded a penalty which Cuddihy scored.
Unfortunately for Kildare Conor Whelan received a second yellow card in injury time which rules him out of the next match.
“It was a good win against a strong resolute Carlow team – I was nervous when they equalised but fair play to Conor Delahunty who was the toast of Kildare today,” said manager Dave Herd.
Ciaran Behan, Mark Ormsby, Jamie Harte, Ben Foran, Kevin Naughton, Abdul Babiter, Harry Sunderland, Conor Delahunty, Conor Whelan, Anthony O Keeffe, Aaron Fattorie, Iain Doyle, John Murphy, Luka Lehane, Jordan Murphy, Dylan Merrigan, Evan Herd.
David Bolger, Ben Hade, Donal Smithers, Michael Calvey, Jakob Dobojr, Dylan Salter, Liam Brennan, Gearoid Cuddihy, Ayo Alausa, Brian Mullen, Jonathan Lawlor, Sean Hayden, Mark Rennick, Lar Sullivan, Keith Curran.