GAA: Kildare record 15-point victory over Louth in Leinster Championship quarter-final
Last Updated: 08/06/14 9:16pm
Kildare progressed to the last-four of the Leinster Championship courtesy of a 1-22 to 1-7 victory over a disappointing Louth side at Croke Park.
Jason Ryan’s men blew the Wee County away inside a dominant first-half, with Cathal McNally’s 16th-minute goal helping them into a 1-13 to 0-5 lead at the break.
McNally finished with 1-2 while Padraig Fogarty and Niall Kelly also impressed for the Lilywhites in this 15-point success. But for some fine goalkeeper by Neil Gallagher, Louth could have conceded four goals during the opening 35 minutes.
Louth managed to stay in touch with Kildare until the midway point of the first half, when Fogarty set up McNally, who palmed the ball to the net from close range.
Kildare dominated the rest of the first half, which prompted Louth manager Aidan O’Rourke to make two substitutions, one of which was teenager Ryan Burns, who netted the decisive goal in last month’s win over Westmeath.
Ryan had a hand in Shane Lennon’s goal on 50 minutes but by that stage Kildare were already home and hosed.
Emmet Bolton punished poor defending to score three points from half-back, while Kildare manager Jason Ryan had the luxury of withdrawing some of his best players long before the finish.
Kildare: C McNally 1-2, P Brophy (1f), P Fogarty (2f), N Kelly, E Bolton, 0-3 each, A Smith 0-2, K Cribbin, O Lyons, T Moolick, P O’Neill, E Callaghan, E O’Flaherty 0-1 each.
Louth: S Lennon 1-3 (1f), P Keenan 0-2, J O’Brien, C Grimes 0-1 each.