It’s great to see the character: McGeeney

ANOTHER win and another two points on the board. The Lilies are firmly back on course after their 2-13 to 2-8 victory over Derry in Newbridge last Sunday.

ANOTHER win and another two points on the board. The Lilies are firmly back on course after their 2-13 to 2-8 victory over Derry in Newbridge last Sunday.

They finally found form in front of goal, hitting the net twice, once from play and once from the penalty spot, while the biggest highlight was the return of Dermot Earley and his 70th minute point.

It wasn’t a vintage display all the same and manager Kieran McGeeney knew it. Two sloppy goals were conceded, while his side were also cleaned out in the middle of the field but the Armagh man was at least pleased by his side’s character.

“It’s great to see the character even though I’d rather if we didn’t have to dip in to it as often. We played a wee bit flat today but there were some nice moves. Derry did their homework and they are good at attacking and getting behind the ball and coming at you at pace. It was frustrating at times but we definitely got the scores that counted and we probably could have had a few more,” said the manager at full time.

He added: “We conceded sloppy goals, especially the second one. Daryl (Flynn) got caught very flat footed at the back post but you just have to look at these things and try and cut them out. It’s not whatyou want but it’s still two points on the board. Getting a coupld of goals too brought us back up to around 18 points again, which is good.”

Despite losing to Tyrone and Monaghan in the opening rounds Kildare remain well in the hunt for promotion and are chasing that second spot along with Galway, Meath and Monaghan, who all have four points on the board.

“It (Division 2) is open again, apart from Tyrone who seem to be running away with it, and that means everybody is fighting for points and nobody is going to lie down. You’re going to have to fight hard for everything and that’s what you want just as long as we’re on the right end of results,” remarked McGeeney.

Up next are Louth in Drogheda this Sunday and McGeeney is expecting nothing easy against the divisions new boys.

“It will be a tough one. Louth are very tenacious especially in Drogheda on a tight pitch and anything can happen,” he added.

Last Sunday also marked the return of Dermot Earley, much to the delight of supporters, management and fellow players. The Sarsfields’ man has been out of action for almost two years and McGeeney is thrilled to have his midfield maestro back.

“He (Dermot Earley) played Friday night for 15 or 20 minutes and today we just wanted to give him five minutes. He’s going to have to work for his minutes from now on.

“What both him and Mikey Conway have come back from is unreal. I done it once, but to do it twice is different. To be out of football for two years and be able to walk back on to a pitch is an incredible achievement. I don’t think people out there will appreciate what Dermot and Mikey have been through to get back on to the pitch.

“Hugh Lynch played on Friday night as well against Waterford. He’s probably not as advanced but knowing Hughie it will not take him too long. He’s back playing contact but we just have to get him back up to the pace,” admitted McGeeney.

–Ruth O’Brien