Kildare wing back Cian O'Donoghue weights up his options for a pass as Tyrone Darren McCurry closes in during Round 3 of the Gaa Football All-Ireland Senior Championship game played at St Conleth's Pa
Tyrone booked their place in Round 4 of the All Ireland Qualifiers after cutting down Kildare at Newbridge this afternoon. In the end there was all of ten points separating and in fairness they were probably worth all of that.
Tyrone dominated early on and looked very comfortable when leading 1-7 to 1-4 after 30 minutes but a Kevin Feely goal before the break brought Kildare back in it and at half time trailed by just three 1-9 to 1-6.
Kildare manager Cian O'Neill said "we were happy at the break, just three down but just like the first half, Tyrone hit us hard on the resumption; once we went down to 14 (Mick O'Grady second yellow) that was it but the lads kept at it, gave it their all and I am very proud of them."
With an ability to get their scores a lot easier than Kildare Tyrone slowly pulled clear and when Mick O'Grady picked up a second yellow and a red on 50 minutes the game was all but done and dusted.
A second Tyrone goal arrived on 58 minutes, Darren McCurry palming to the net.
Kildare in fairness kept plugging away but in the end were simply outrun on a finals score line of Tyrone 2-22 Kildare 1-15.
Scorers: Kildare, Adam Tyrrell 0-5 (4 frees), Kevin Feely 1-0, Fergal Conway 0-3, Kevin Feely 0-2, Neil Flynn 0-3 (2 frees), Peter Kelly 0-1, tommy Moolick 0-1.
Tyrone, Peter Harte 0-6 (2 frees), Cathal McShane 0-5 (2 frees), Michael Cassidy 1-0, Darren McCurry 1-2, Matthew Donnelly 0-3, Frank Burns 0-2, Rory Brennan 0-1, Rory Brennan 0-1, Colm Kavanagh 0-1, Conor McAliskey 0-1.
KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Mark Dempsey, Mick O'Grady, Peter Kelly; Cian O'Donoghue, Eoin Doyle cpt., David Hyland; Kevin Feely, Fergal Conway; David Slattery, Chris Healy, Keith Cribbin; Adam Tyrrell, Ben McCormack, Neil Flynn. Subs: Jimmy Hyland for Ben McCormack (11 minutes); Tommy Moolick for Keith Cribbin (49 minutes); Mark Berrett for Chris Healy (53 minutes); Eoghan O'Flaherty for David Slattery (59 minutes); Kevin O'Callghan for Neil Flynn (65 minutes); Cathal McNally for Jimmy Hyland (67 minutes).
TYRONE: Niall Morgan; Hugh Pat McGeary, Ronan McNamee, Rory Brennan; Michael Cassidy, Kieran McGeary, Frank Burns; Colm Kavanagh, Brian Kennedy; Matthew Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Peter Harte; Darren McCurry, Cathal McShane, Conor Meyler. Subs: Michael McKernan for Brian Kennedy (black card 21 minutes); Michael McDenan for Kieran McGeary (55 minutes);Conor MccAliskkey for Niall Sludden (59 minutes); Kyle Coney for Darren McCurry (66 minutes); Ciaran McLaughlin for Hugh Pat McGeary (71 minutes); Aidan McCrory for Michael Cassidy (71 minutes).
REFEREE: Paddy Neilan, Roscommon.