Kildare on a stroll in Ballyragget

KILKARE simply had too much class and football know-how, and they reflected it on the scoreboard when the dished out a 34-point hammering to Kilkenny in the Leinster minor football championship at Ballyragget tonight (2-29 to 0-1).

KILKARE simply had too much class and football know-how, and they reflected it on the scoreboard when the dished out a 34-point hammering to Kilkenny in the Leinster minor football championship at Ballyragget tonight (2-29 to 0-1).

The winners never had to unduly exert themselves as they caught hold of the game from the opening minute. Within two minutes they had 1-2 to no score on the ’board.

Virtually from the throw-in Aaron McConville kicked a point after Rory McDermott and Jamie Connolly worked the ball up the field. Mark Sheery was then foot blocked as he tried to get in a shot at goal. Kildare penalty! Ben McCormack sent the ’keeper the wrong way, 1-1 to no score.

There was no hope for Kilkenny after that. The visitors continued to pound away. At half-time Kildare led by 2-15 to 0-1. The lone Kilkenny point was scored by centre-back, Jason Byrne.

Scorers: Kildare: B. McCormack (1-4, goal penalty); A. McConville (0-6); W. Fitzpatrick (0-4); J. Connolly (1-0); C. Davin, R. Houlihan, M. Byrne, C. McMonagle, M. Kelly (0-2 each); C. McConnell, D. Hartley, J. Flynn, N. Fleming, C. Healy (0-1 each). Kilkenny: J. Byrne (0-1).

Kildare - R. Drumgoole, C. McConnell, E. Bateman, D. Hartley, J .Flynn, N. Fleming, J. Connolly, M. Sherry, R. McDermott, R. Houlihan, C Davin, B McCormack, W. Fitzpatrick, M. Byrne, A. McConville. Subs: J.J. Mahon for M. Sherry; M. Kelly for W. Fitzpatrick; L. Flynn for R. Houlihan; C. Healy for A. McConville; C. McMonagle for B. McCormack.

Kilkenny - J. Rafter, K. Dunphy, B. Hennessy, J. Hanrick, A. O’Neill, J. Byrne, J. O’Dwyer, P. O Fearghail, D. O’Shea, B. Sheehan, M. Costello, D. O’Dwyer, P. Coss, E. Purcell, M. Dowling. Subs: C. Connolly for M. Costello; A. Doherty (Carrickshock) for M Dowling; A. Doherty (Dunnamaggin) for J Rafter; J.J. Kelly for J. O’Dwyer; L. O’Connor f