Kildare Junior footballers have qualified for the Leinster final.
Tonight (Tues), in Drogheda, they beat Louth by 2-19 to 0-8 and will now play Meath in the final in Croke Park in two weeks time, as a curtain raiser to the Dublin/Laois senior final.
Kildare’s Barry Noone, of St. Kevins, had 1-5 on the board in the opening 20 minutes, as Kildare dominated matters to lead 1-5 to no score for Louth.
Kildare could have been further ahead when another goal scoring chance was saved before David Malone popped over the point a minute later,
Brian Travers, Mark Nolan, Barry Noone and Conor Murray added further points and by half time, Kildare lead by 1-11 to 0-4 points, with Liam Power and Brian Travers dominating the centre field.
Kildare reopened with a point in the opening minutes from Mark Nolan, to extend their lead to 11 points.
10 minutes into the 2nd half, Kildare’s lead 1-13 to 6 points: Barry Noone again to bring his personal tally to 1-7.
By 50 minutes, Kildare were out of sight, Mark Nolan adding Kildare’s 2nd goal after 45 minutes following good approach work by full forward Seamus Hanafin.
Brian Travers and Eoin Lawless added further points as manager Colin Ward began to empty his bench with Kildare leading 2-16 to 0-7 and heading for Leinster finals day in Croke Pk.
Goalkeeper Declan Campbell – a free from 45 metres, sub John Jennings and Eoin Lawless added further points to extend Kildare’s lead to 17 points: 2-19 to 0-8
And that’s the way it finished. So, onto Croke Park now for the final in Croker on June 24th, the day after the Christy Ring Cup final and the Kildare vs Longford qualifier. Big weekend!.
Next Kfm live sport on Kfm this Saturday, when the minor hurlers play Wexford in the Leinster minor final at 1pm, followed by the U20 footballers vs Wicklow at 3pm: both games in St. Conleth’s Park.
Of course, live commentary of the Christy Ring Cup final and the Kildare/Longford Qualifier on Saturday June 23rd, followed the next day by commentary of Kildare and Meath in the Leinster Junior final in Croke Park, plus live coverage of the senior final Dublin vs Laois.