Kildare dig out a draw against Armagh in AFL opener

Lilies show their bottle coming from five points down in second half

Tommy Callaghan

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Lilies show their bottle to dig out a draw

Fergal Conway is held up by Armagh's Ryan McShane

With 50 minutes on the clock Armagh looked to  be on their way against Kildare in the AFL Div. 2 Round 2 clash after Stefan Campbell found the Kildare net followed by Niall Grimley point.

Kildare, however, fought back, showing great bottle they levelled through a Jimmy Hyland ftree. l

Armagh regained the lead but The Lillies fought back with Hyland again converting to tie it  up at Kildare 0-14 Armagh 1-11.

Kildare looked  in trouble early on and  were somewhat fortunate not to concede a goal but they eventually settled going in at the break level at 0-6 apiece.

The second half was lively to say the least but after Armagh went five clear Kildare lifted their game with some tremendous points to earn the draw. 

Next up Cork, on Sunday.

Scorers: Kildare, Jimmy Hyland 0-4 (3 frees), Adam Tyrrell 0-1 (free), Eoin Doyle 0-1, Conor Hartlely 0-2, Ben McCormack 0-2, Jimmy Hyland 0-1 (free), Fionn Dowling 0-1, Fergal Conway 0-1, Aaron Masterson 0-1.

Armagh, Jamie Clarke 0-3, Jarlath Óg Burns 0-1, Niall Grimley 0-3 (2 frees), Stefan Campbell 1-1, Rory Grugan 0-2 (2 frees), Jemar Hall 0-1.

KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Mark Dempsey, David Hyland, Mark Hyland; James Murray, Eoin Doyle cpt., Keith Cribbin; Kevin Feely, Fergal Conway; Conor Hartley, Adam Tyrrell, Eoghan O'Flaherty; David Slattery, Ben McCormack, Jimmy Hyland. Subs: Fionn Dowling for Kevin Feeley (8 minutes); Cian O'Donoghue for James Murray (blood sub 48-54); Aaron Masterson for Eoghan O'Flaherty (52 minutes); Cian O'Donoghue for Mark Hyland (59 minutes); James Gibbons for Conor Hartley (59 minutes); Padraig Nash for Adam Tyrrell (68 minutes)

ARMAGH: Blaine Hughes; Connaire Mackin, Aaron McKay, James Morgan; Mark Shields;Aidan Forker, Greg McCabe; Stephen Sheridan, Niall Grimley; Jemar Hall, Rory Grugan, Jarlath Óg Burns; Stefan Campbell, Rian O'Neill, Jamie Clarke. Subs: Rian O'Neill for Jarlath Óg Burns (47 mintes); Joe McElroy for Jemar Hall (59 minutes); Jason Duffy for Ryan McShane (65 minutes); Declan Loye for Aidan Forer (72 minutes).


REFEREE: Paddy Neilan, Roscommon.