Dublin maintain perfect record

Dublin 2-20 Kildare 2-7

Dublin maintain perfect record

Dublin 2-20 Kildare 2-7

Dublin maintained their perfect record in the Allianz Football League in emphatic fashion, and in the process, shattered Kildare’s, inflicting a 13-point defeat on their Leinster rivals that was entirely an accurate reflection on proceedings.

Kildare were in trouble around the middle third for most of proceedings and though they led early on by 0-3 to 0-1, five consecutive points from Dublin into a very strong wind gave a signal for what was in store.

Seanie Johnston did swoop for an opportunistic 21st minute goal for the Lilies and that galvanised them for a spell, with three further points following.

Dublin settled into their task again though and scored the last five points to lead by 0-11 to 1-6.

Once they had the elements at their back, it was one-way-traffic for Jim Gavin’s men. Jack McCaffrey goaled in the 47th minute and Dublin had 1-18 on the board by the time Kildare got their opening score of the second half through a pointed Seanie Johnston free in the 57th minute.

The ever-dangerous Bernard Brogan struck for a goal right on the hour and though Emmet Bolton slid to the Dublin net in the 68th minute, it was of absolutely no consolation to Kildare.

It was a chastening experience for Kieran McGeeney’s charges, particularly as they had seemed to settle so well into proceedings.

Brogan slotted an early free but was denied the space in front of him that Mayo allowed the previous week. Ollie Lyons stood beside him while Eoin Doyle, Hugh McGrillen and Brian Flanagan attempted to bar the path towards him.

This tactic forced numerous turnovers and points from Eoghan O’Flaherty, Johnston (an excellent score on the turn) and a Johnny Doyle free gave Kildare a two-point advantage.

The problem for Kildare though was that Tomás O’Connor and Johnston were becoming increasingly isolated from their team-mates and with Dublin having spare men around them as a result of Kildare’s deep-lying structure, the All White attackers were proving very difficult to supply.

Furthermore, Kildare were being massacred around the middle, failing to pick up the breaks that they rely so heavily on. And once Dublin started using other avenues of attack apart from Brogan, the pieces began to fall into place.

Paddy Andrews, Diarmuid Connolly and the excellent Ciarán Kilkenny were amongst the scorers as Dublin suddenly moved three clear.

Johnston’s goal, after O’Connor had discommoded Rory O’Carroll and Shane Supple sufficiently under a high ball, did prompt a period of Kildare superiority but Dublin finished strongly to lead by two at the interval.

Kevin McManamon came on at half time and had two points within 65 seconds of the resumption. As Kildare had to come out further, so Brogan found more space and he was very notable as a creative force.

Kildare just could not get out of their own half. While the scoreline might suggest a defensive meltdown, the pressure the Lilywhite rearguard was under was phenomenal, and it was the failure to gain any sort of possession in the middle third that was the significant factor.

McCaffrey and Brogan were both very cool in taking their goal chances, as was Bolton at the death but it was Dublin that came away with their reputation enhanced.

Scorers – Dublin: B Brogan 1-5(0-4fs); J McCaffrey 1-1; C Kilkenny 0-4; P Andrews 0-3; D Connolly, K McManamon 0-2 each; D Daly, P Flynn, P Ryan 0-1 each

Kildare: S Johnston 1-2(0-1f); E Bolton 1-1; B Flanagan, E O’Flaherty, J Doyle(f) 0-1 each

Dublin: S Supple; K O’Brien, R O’Carroll, J Cooper; J McCaffrey, C O’Sullivan, D Daly; D O’Mahony, MD Macauley; P Flynn, C Kilkenny, C Reddin; P Andrews, D Connolly, B Brogan. Subs: K McManamon for Reddin (ht); D Bastick for Macauley (ht); B Cullen for Kilkenny (53); C Guckian for McCaffrey (57); P Ryan for Flynn (62)

Kildare: S Connolly; O Lyons, M Foley, H McGrillen; M Conway, E Doyle, E Bolton; J Doyle, P O’Neill; B Flanagan, C McNally, E O’Flaherty; S Johnston, T O’Connor, J Doyle. Subs: M O’Flaherty for Conway (27); H Lynch for McNally (39); D Flynn for Flanagan (42); E Callaghan for O’Neill (50); R Sweeney for O’Connor (57)

Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan)

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