Cian O’Neill unhappy as he prepares to cut Kildare panel

O’Byrne Cup - Offaly 0-11 Kildare 0-13: Kildare’s run of victories over Offaly at all levels may have continued in O’Connor Park yesterday afternoon but manager Cian O’Neill was far from happy with his side’s display.

“Conditions have been used as an excuse but that couldn’t be used to explain our failure to execute the basic skills. There comes a time when lads need to reflect on their own performance and the team’s performance” he said afterwards, before confirming that their training panel of around 50 will be cut to 34 players in the next couple of days.

The visitors led 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time. The second half was a scrappy affair with poor passing on both sides, while both teams ended the O’Byrne Cup without a goal in their three starts.

Offaly could have snatched a win late on when it looked as if Anton Sullivan was pulled down in the square but referee Patrick Maguire waved play on.

Scorers for Offaly:

J Evans & J Maher (1f) 0-3 each, S Nally, S Dooley (f), S Moriarty, S Doyle (f) & R McNamee 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kildare:

R Cahill 0-5 (4f), E O’Connor 0-3 (1 ’45, 1f), C McNally 0-2, A Tyrrell (f), M Byrne & S Hanafin 0-1 each.


A Mulhall; D Brady, E Rigney, S Pender; C Byrne, J O’Connor, A Mahon; C McNamee, J Gethings; J Evans, S Nally, S Moriarty; J Maher, S Dooley, B Allen.


B Darby for Brady (16), A Sullivan for Evans (47), R McNamee for Nally (49), J Moloney for Gethings (52), S Doyle for Allen (58), O Cusack for Mahon (62), P Sullivan for Dooley (65).


S Connolly; O Lyons, C Fitzpatrick, L Healy; M O’Flaherty, J Byrne, C O’Donoghue; Daniel Flynn, Daryl Flynn; M Byrne, E O’Connor, A Tyrrell; C McNally, P O’Neill, R Cahill.


S Hanafin for O’Neill (44), E Heavey for Tyrrell (47), J Eaton for Cahill (49), D Whyte for Daryl Flynn (54), M Conway for O’Connor (56), G Farrell for Daniel Flynn (63).


Patrick Maguire (Longford).


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