Sam McCormack on the mark for Kildare
Kildare crashed out of the Special Leinster U17 football championship to Meath at St Conleth’s Park on Tuesday evening.
Paudi Behan opened for Kildare but Jordan Morris leveled and Colm Doherty had the visitors a point ahead all inside three minutes; Kildare were level when Daragh Kirwan punched over.
The sides were locked together five times in the opening half before Meath took the lead through Matthew Costello on 30 minutes. However the decisive score of the half came just before the break when Sean Ryan and Dylan Keating combined to find the Kildare net to leave the half time score reading Meath 1-7 to 0-6.
There was still four points separating the sides mid-way through the second half when Dylan Keating added a Meath point and when Keating sent in a high ball to the danger area, up popped the impressive Cian McBride to get a vital touch ahead of both a defender and keeper to make it 2-11 to 0-8 and when Jack O’Connor added a point Meath extended the lead to nine points, 48 on the clock.
Kildare hit back with a fine individual goal from Sean O’Sullivan, a point from the same player and anothere from Billy Maher.
Shane Walsh replied for Meath but Kildare piled forward, Daragh Kirwan and Sean O’Sullivan reduced the deficit but it was Conal Courtney who edged Meath four ahead before the full time whistle arrived on a final score line of Meath 2-13 Kildare 1-12.
Scorers: Meath, Dylan Keating 1-1, Shane Walsh 0-3, Cian McBride 1-0, Jordan Morris 0-3 (1 free), Matthew Costello 0-2, Jack O’Connor 0-1, Colm Doherty 0-1, Conor Courtney 0-1, Liam Byrne 0-1 (free).
Kildare, Shane O’Sullivan 1-2 (1 free), Sam McCormack 0-2, Padi Behan 0-2 (1 free), Daragh Kirwan 0-2, DJ Earley 0-2 (45), Billy Maher 0-1, Cian McQuillan 0-1.
Lee Browne; Sean Bannon, Sean Ryan, Michael Gavin; Oran Smullen, Liam Byrne, cpt., Conal Courtney; Colm Doherty, Fergal Waters; Cian McBride, Shane Walsh, Patrick Matthews; Aaron Lynch, Jordan Morris, Matthew Costello. Subs: Dylan Keating for Aaron Lynch (28 minutes); Jack O’Connor for Matthew Costello (46 minutes); Michael Murphy for Fergal Waters (59 minutes).
Eric Evans (St. Laurence’s: Leon Tsang (Round Towers), Conor Lynch (Maynooth), Karl Hartley (Sarsfields); Justin Reilly (Carbury), DJ Earley (Monasterevan), James Ebbs (Round Towers); Cian McQuillan (Sarsfields), Adam Steed (Grangenolvin); Sam McCormack (Clane), Shane O’Sullivan (Clane), Jack Doyle (Suncroft); Billy Maher (Aylmer Gaels), Padi Behan (Kilcullen), Darragh Kirwan (Naas). Subs: Oisin Byrne (Sallins) for Leon Tsang (22 minutes, black card); James Carey (Carbury) for Jack Doyle (half time); Mark Cully (Carbury) for Sam McCormack (45 minutes); Eoin Conneff (Eadestown) for Adam Steed (45 minutes); James Behan (Clane) for Padi Behan (59 minutes).
REFEREE: James King, Dublin.