Glory at last for Kildare

Kildare 1-14 Roscommon 1-11

Glory at last for Kildare

The Lilywhites had lost the previous two finals and 12 months ago they were caught in heartbreaking fashion by Kerry star Pádraig Boyle’s injury-time goal.

Kildare, who led by nine points in the second half, were sweating when Roscommon’s Thomas Featherston lashed to the net in the closing stages but ultimately, a nine-point haul from Gerry Keegan was good enough for the newly-crowned champions.

McMahon said: “This is our third year here and luckily enough we pulled it off. Obviously them getting that last minute goal put the heart crossways on us again, but we were the better team. For some of those lads, it’s their third final and it’s brilliant to win one.”

Kildare were 0-8 to 0-4 clear at half-time before Ryan Casey netted in the 44th minute to set them on their way to victory.

Scorers for Kildare: G Keegan 0-9 (2f), R Casey 1-1, E Dempsey 0-2, K Murphy & S O’Flynn 0-1 each.

Scorers for Roscommon: T Featherston 1-1, R Fallon 0-4f, N Fallon (f), C Duignan, J Henry, R Kelly, A Finnerty & S Naughton 0-1 each.

KILDARE: P McKenna; D Boyle, L McKenna, C Gordon; G Johnson, D Flaherty, K Murphy; S Gainey, T Cribben; N Kenny, G Keegan, S O’Flynn; E Dempsey, L Power, R Casey.

Subs: C Egan for Cribben (inj, 5), S Ryan for Kenny (57).

ROSCOMMON: N Fallon; P Dolan, L Kilcline, W Boyle; D Fallon, C Dolan, C Coyle; J Brennan, C Duignan; P Kenny, T Featherston, H Rooney; R Fallon, J Henry, R Kelly.

Subs: S Naughton for Rooney (19), A Finnerty for Kenny (h-t), G Downey for Brennan (38), C Mulry for Kelly (48), S Kilcommins for Henry (59).

Referee: O Elliott (Antrim).

More in this section

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

Sport
Newsletter

Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up
Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.