Kildare's Eoin Doyle big concern after picking up injury in Roscommon challenge

Worrying time for Cian O'Neill's charges

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Kildare's Eoin Doyle big concern after picking up injury in Roscommon challenge

Kildare captain Eoin Doyle

Kildare will be hoping that the injury picked up by team captain, Eoin Doyle, is not too serious, as the county's centre half back was forced off with what looked like a hamstring injury in last night's senior football challenge against Roscommon in Robertstown.

The Naas man left the field after just 19 minutes and manager Cian O'Neill said after the game the injury was a major concern with the preliminary round of the Leinster Championship just weeks away; while Naas manager, Niall Cronin, will also be hoping one of his main men is fit to line out for his club in the Preliminary Round of the SFC in a couple of weeks time.

Tuesday night's game saw more cause for concern for Kildare as despite drawing, and scoring an impressive 2-18, the fact that they conceded 4-12 has to be a major worry for the team management. And but for at least three top class saves by Mark Donnellan in the opening half, that goal tally could have been much worse.

Eoghan O'Flaherty and David Slattery returned from injury while the form of Jimmy Hyland and two goals from Paddy Brophy and the impact of Neil Flynn when introduced were all positives.

The half time score read Kildare 0-9 Roscommon 2-6.

The second half saw Kildare take the lead but it was short lived and while they regained the lead after Brophy's goals, Roscommon had the power and strength to eventually see the game ending all square, Kildare 2-18 Roscommon 4-12.

Kildare scorers: Paddy Brophy 2-0, Eoghan O'Flaherty 0-5 (4 frees), Neil Flynn 0-5 (4 frees), Jimmy Hyland 0-4, Kevin Feely 0-2, Fergal Conway 0-1, David Slattery 0-1