Kildare U20s go down to Cork

No complaints as The Rebels retain the John Kierns Cup

Tommy Callaghan


Tommy Callaghan


Kildare U20s go down to Cork

Kildare wing back Adam Conneely turns free to layoff his hand pass during the John Kerins Cup game against Cork played at John Locke GAA, Kilkenny

Kildare lost out to Cork this afternoon (Saturday January 26) in the final of the John Kerins Cup Development League final, going under to The Rebels on a final score line of Cork 2-14 Kildare 1-12.

No doubt the winners were the better team and while The Lilies, at times, played some good football, they lost out around the middle of the park where the boys in red proved that bit more proficient.

Cork led at the break 1-7 to 0-6 and no doubt Kildare would have been disappointed with that score line, having got back to within one point of their opponents, but conceded a goal in the 32 minute of time added on.

While The Lilies scored first in the second half, Cork soon had the lead back to four but an inspiration point from Paddy McDermott left just a goal separating the sides.

It was here that the game was won and lost with Cork firing over five points in some seven minutes to lead 1-13 to 0-8 with 43 minutes on the clock.

Kildare showed their fighting spirit hitting three points on the trot but a break-away goal from full forward Blake Murphy sealed it for Cork and while Kildare did find the the Cork net through Shane O'Sullivan it was not enough as Cork ran out winning by a fully deserved fivepoints.

Scorers: Cork, Blake Murphy 2-2 (1 free), Mark Cronin 0-6 (1 free), Brian Hayes 0-2, Daniel O'Connell 0-1, Fionn Herlihy 0-1, Kieran Twomey 0-1, Conor Russell 0-1 (mark).

Kildare, Shane O'Sullivan 1-7 (5 frees), Darragh Kirwan 0-3, Luke Griffin 0-1, Paddy McDermott 0-1.

CORK: Josh O'Keeffe; Colm O'Shea, Daniel O'Mahoney, Diarmuid Phelan; Ciaran O'Sullivan, Sean Desmond, Brian Lynch; Brian Hayes, Jack Lawton; Daniel O'Connell, Mark Cronin, Fionn Herlihy; Kieran Twomey, Blake Murphy cpt., Conor Russell. Subs: Eoghan Lehane for Sean Desmond (26 minutes); Aodhá Ó Luasa for Conor Russell (half time); Darragh Hayes for Kieran Twomey (half time); Gerry O'Sullivan for Fionn Herlihy (40 minutes); Ciaran Nhyhan for Jack Lawton (52 minutes).

KILDARE: Kyle Costello (Leixlip); Jack Hamill (Raheens), John Lawler (Eadestown), Sean Moore, (Athy); DJ Earley, cpt (Monasterevan); Jack Collins (Two Mile House), Adam Conneely (Two Mile House); Darren McDermott (Leixlip), Tony O’Connor (Two Mile House); Alex Beirne (Naas), Darragh Kirwan (Naas), Findlay Nairn (Kilcock); Luke Griffin (Naas), Shane O’Sullivan (Clane), Paudi Behan (Kilcullen). Subs: Aaron Browne (Celbridge) for Alex Beirne (half time); Paddy McDermott (Naas) for DJ Earley (half time); Jack Sargent (Eadestown) for Jack Hamill (half time); Mark Cully (Carbury) for Luke Griffin (49 minutes); Aaron Browne (Celbridge) for Adam Conneely (49 minute).

REFFEEE: Chris Dwyer, Offaly.