Kildare are through to the All lreland U20 Football final after a dramatic one point over hot favourites Kerry at Gaelic Grounds,Limerick this afternoon, on a final score line of Kildare 1-14 to1-13.
Despite well on top throughout the opening half Kildare led by a single point, 0-9 to 0-8, Kerry keeping in touch through the boot of Fiachra Clifford with five frees
Jimmy Hyland brought his Leinster final form to Limerick and he along with Brian McLoughlin tormented the Kerry defence in that opening half.
On the resumption became somewhat sloppy before Kildare got a grip led by Jimmy Hyland, McLoughlin and Paddy Woodgate and stretched the lead dto four before a shot free was intercpted by Ruadhan O Giollain who passed to Jimmy Hyland who goaled to leave it 1-3 to 0-9. wiith 47 minutes gone.
Kerry were far from done and when Michael Potts goaled it left four points separating the teams with four minutes remaining.
Kildare were now under tremendous pressure as Kerry whittled the lead down to one as five minutes of time added on was signalled.d
In a dramatic ending The Lilies held on for a famous win, and it has to be said, a deserved victory.
Scorers: Kildare, Jimmy Hyland 1-8 (2 frees), Brian McLoughlin 0-3 (1 free), Paddy Woodgate 0-2, Aaron Masterson 0-1.
Kerry, Fiachra Clifford 0-5 (5 frees) Bryan Sweeney 0-1, Mark Ran 0-1, Graham O'Sullivan 0-1, Dara Moynihan 0-1, Donad O)’Sullivan 0-2 (2 frees), Michel Potts 1-0, Cormac Linnane 0-1, Sean O’Leary 0-1.
KILDARE: Aaron O'Neill (Carbury); Mark Dempsey (Moorefield), Mark Barrett (Ballymore Eustace), DJ Earley (Monasterevan); Stephen Comerford (Round Towers), Jason Gibbons (Kilcock), Ruadhán Ó Giolláin (Maynooth); Aaron Masterson (Moorefield), David Marnell (Sarsfields); Darragh Ryan (Sarsfields), Padraig Nash (Monasterevan), Tony Archbold (Celbridge); Jimmy Hyland (Ballyteague), Brian McLoughlin (Clane), Paddy Woodgate (Raheens). Subs: Shane O'Sullivan (Clane) for David Marnell (half time); Mark Glynn (St Laurence's) for Shane O'Sullivan (36 minutes); Jack Bambrick (Ardclough) for Darragh Ryan (38 minutes): Cian Costigan (Sarsfields) for Padraig Nash (44 minutes); Sam doran (JTB) forPaddy Woodgate (55 minutes); Niall Murphy (Ballymore Eustace) for Jimmy Hyland (62 minutes).
KERRY: Brian Lonergan; David Naughton, Stefan Okunbor, Micheál Reidy; Mike Breen, Graham O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Brien; Mark Ryan, Diarmuid O'Connor; Fiachra Clifford, Eddie Horan, Dara Moynihan; Donal O'Sullivan cpt., Bryan Sweeney, David Shaw. Subs: Sean O'Leary for David Naughton (37 minutes); Brian Friel for Eddie Horan (44 minutes); Cormac Linnane for David Shaw (51 minutes); Micheal Foley for Mike breen (53 minutes); Michael Potts for Fiachra Clifford (55 minutes).
REFEREE: James Molloy, Galway.