Kildare County 0, Cobh Ramblers 0
THREE disallowed goals for Kildare County and several other missed chances for both sides made for an entertaining game at Station Road even if the final result remained scoreless.
The new boys of the league can feel, perhaps, the more aggrieved at having to share the points but the Cobh off-side trap worked well and the 'Thoroughbreds' missed some glaring opportunities, particularly in the second half.
Sub striker Phillie Gorman missed two golden chances in as many minutes when he fluffed his first effort from close range and then failed to connect with a low cross when any sort of contact would have meant a goal.
Kildare had dominated for large parts of the first half but were unable to turn their excellent possession and position in to something more tangible.
Cobh came back in to the reckoning towards the end of the half and were unlucky not to take the lead after 32 minutes. Steve Yelverton saw Kildare 'keeper Tadhg Murphy off his line but his chip landed on the crossbar and deflected away to safety.
KILDARE COUNTY: Tadhg Murphy, Damian Brennan, James O'Callaghan, Damian
Maher, Gavin Dykes, Ben Whelehan, Shay Zellor, Barry Burke, Keith O'Connor,
John Ryan, Gavin Doyle. Subs: C O'Connor for Burke (54 mins), P Gorman for K
O'Connor (55 mins), A Kelly for Doyle (60 mins).
COBH RAMBLERS: John Donegan, Terry White, Michael Hastings, Dave Hill,
Gareth O'Donovan, Andy Noonan, Mark Clifford, Steve Yelverton, Gerald Dobbs,
Willie Bruton, Jason Kabin. Subs: M Brosnan for Dobbs (66 mins), K O'Reilly
for Bruton (90 mins).
Referee: P Whelan (Dublin)