Peter Kelly makes a game attempt to block Rory Grugan
Kildare crashed ouenit to Armagh in Croke Park this evening by three points in a game that for long periods could have gone either way but in the end Kieran McGeeney’s men were deserved winners.
Armagh led by three at the break and while Kildare came back to take the lead there was no denying Armagh in the end.
Armagh, Andrew Murnin 1-1, Jamie Clarke 0-4, Gavin McPartland 0-3, Grimley 0-2 (2 free), Rory Grugan 0-2 (1 free), Aidan Forker 0-1, Niall Stefan Campbell 0-1, Brendan Donaghy 0-1, Eathan Rafferty 0-1, Joe McElroy 0-1.
Kildare, Kevin Feely 0-5 (5 frees), Niall Kelly 0-2, Fergal Conway 0-2, Danial Flynn 0-2, Paddy Brophy 0-2, Keith Cribbin 0-2, Ben McCormack 0-1, Mark Donnellan 0-1 (free),
Mark Donnellan; Peter Kelly Mick O'Grady, Ollie Lyons; Johnny Byrne, David Hyland, Keith Cribbin; Kevin Feely cpt., Paul Cribbin; Fergal Conway, Paddy Brophy, David Slattery; Niall Kelly, Daniel Flynn, Ben McCormack. Subs: Cathal McNally for Ben McCormack (45 minutes); Fionn Dowling for David Slattery (50 minutes); Mark Hyland for Peter Kelly (56 minutes); Cian O'Donoghue for Keith Cribbin (black card 59); Eamonn Callaghan for Niall Kelly (64 minutes); Tommy Moolick for Daniel Flynn (67 minutes).
Blaine Hughes; James Morgan, Charlie Vernon, Paul Hughes; Mark Shields, Brendan Donaghy, Aidan Forker; Stephen Sheridan, Niall Grimley; Aaron McKay, Stefan Campbell, Rory Grugan; Jamie Clarke, Andrew Murnin, Gavan McParland. Subs: Joe McElroy for Aaron McKay (38 minutes); Ciarán O'Hanlon for Aidan Forkner (45 minutes); Ethan Rafferty for Andrew Murnin (48 minutes); Oisín O'Neill for Stefan Campbell (48 minutes); Anthony Duffy for Rory Grugan (64 minutes).
Derek O'Mahoney, Tipperary