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19-07-2014, 20:45   #2806
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A win is a win.

Hopefully Ryan learns something from this or else we're on for hiding against Dublin, Monaghan or Donegal.
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19-07-2014, 21:37   #2807
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Fair play Kildare, I thought we had ye when we went six points up but ye showed yere experience to eek out the win. Game could very easily have gone to extra time but for a few bad wides from us near the end but we have came on leaps and bounds under Colm Collins this year all the same. Was talking to a few Kildare lads after the match and they seemed a very sporting crew. Best of luck in the rest of the championship.
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19-07-2014, 23:27   #2808
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win is a win regardless


Jaysus that was close
CILL DARA ABU
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Dublin after getting a run on the Minors 3-8 to 1-6, more than likely no way back but hopefully their confidence doesn't take to much of a battering for the Cork game.
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Dublin after getting a run on the Minors 3-8 to 1-6, more than likely no way back but hopefully their confidence doesn't take to much of a battering for the Cork game.
Kerry game rather.
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21-07-2014, 00:35   #2811
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So Monaghan it is, Croker, 2nd of August.

It would be just like Kildare to go and beat them. The two week break will probably benefit Monaghan more, that was a very energy sapping and bruising encounter in Clones today. Amazing to think Conor McManus only scored one point and that came in the 71st minute. I feel Ollie Lyons should be the man tasked with minding him. Surely Alan Smith will start the next day. Darroch Mulhall played for Athy today and he was brilliant by all accounts, he could well be another option.

Strangely our defence has been tight in the last two games. Two clean sheets and just 23 points conceded.

We have plenty of options up front now with Mulhall, Brophy and O'Flaherty returning. It will be an interesting team selection for this game.
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So Monaghan it is, Croker, 2nd of August.

It would be just like Kildare to go and beat them. The two week break will probably benefit Monaghan more, that was a very energy sapping and bruising encounter in Clones today. Amazing to think Conor McManus only scored one point and that came in the 71st minute. I feel Ollie Lyons should be the man tasked with minding him. Surely Alan Smith will start the next day. Darroch Mulhall played for Athy today and he was brilliant by all accounts, he could well be another option.

Strangely our defence has been tight in the last two games. Two clean sheets and just 23 points conceded.

We have plenty of options up front now with Mulhall, Brophy and O'Flaherty returning. It will be an interesting team selection for this game.
What makes you think the game will be in Croke Park? I haven't seen any announcement.

I thought it'd be tomorrow at least.
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21-07-2014, 00:56   #2813
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Dermot Earley said on The Sunday Game it will be in Croke Park, probably a double header with Armagh v Meath.
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Dermot Earley said on The Sunday Game it will be in Croke Park, probably a double header with Armagh v Meath.
Is that not just his expectation though? Ii really can't see the reason for dragging the four counties to Croke Park where the atmosphere will be terrible because it won't be near full.
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21-07-2014, 18:53   #2815
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Croker on the 2nd, Armagh v Meath at 5 and Kildare v Monaghan at 7.

For what it's worth Lemlin, I totally agree. These games should be in provincial grounds. Navan would have been perfect for the Kildare game, the atmosphere would be ten times better.

They will be lucky to get 30,000 into Croke Park for these two games.
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Have to agree, these round 4 games have drawn terrible crowds over the years in Kildare and with support for the county very low this year in particular, 25000 would be an optimistic figure.I dont get how the GAA see any benefit in playing these games in Croke Park, the empty seats and dead athmosphere does nothing for the game. In fact I think more people would be willing to travel to Navan than Croke Park..
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And the Hill won't be open so the option to buy cheaper tickets reserved for the Dubs again !!!
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A mixed bag of a weekend. Great that the seniors are still standing. Disappointing day out for the minors but there is still a quarter final ahead of them albeit the draw could have been kinder. I didn't make the minor match after Saturday night in Ennis so I can't comment on their performance any further.

Kildare played some very disjointed football in the first half against Clare. A lot of the media reports are putting that down to complacency which I think is a bit disrespectful to a well organised and highly motivated Clare side who contained a few damn fine footballers. We are not a top tier team. Kerry who are one of the best in the country got a right rattle in Ennis too so it was not exactly a bolt from the blue.

We were wiped out at midfield and our forwards were dropping out too deep as a result because of the lack of decent ball going in. Some of our bigger names were really off their games in that first half and had it not been for Fitzpatrick, Conway, Lyons and Smith we could have been in proper bother.

The comeback in the last 20 minutes was very heartening and should stand to the team in the future. Maybe Clare ran out of steam a bit but Kildare do deserve great credit for getting the last 7 scores of the game. At no point was there any panic. They trusted their game plan and eventually got it right. Smith had one of his best outings in a white jersey and Eoghan O'Flaherty played like a man who had a point to prove. Some of the more inexperienced players really shone in the closing stages. Conway was excellent all game, Fitzpatrick was very solid, and Hurley and Brophy did well off the bench. The game was played at a good pace in a bear pit of an atmosphere. We can only hope that it serves as a positive moment in those players' development.

We will have to improve against Monaghan and will certainly go in as underdogs. We are not without a chance though and another win on Saturday week followed by a decent showing in a quarter final would give us something to build on for next year. We have been finishing all our games really strongly which is testament to the fitness work done by the panel and the quality of substitute we are able to introduce. However we cannot afford another slow start here because Monaghan have the firepower to be out of sight before we hit our second half purple patch. If we are still with them at the fifty minute mark, we have a right chance.

Big night ahead for the u21 hurlers going for three in row in the Leinster A Championship against Wicklow. They deserve a big support in Newbridge tonight after their big win over Meath in the semi final. There are some very promising hurlers in this team like Gerry Keegan, Evan Dempsey, Niall Kenny, Declan Flaherty and Sean Gainey.
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