Kildare’s Doyle breaks Limerick’s Hearts
Limerick are out of this year’s All Ireland Football Championship after a three point defeat at home to Kildare tonight played in balmy conditions at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. The attendance of 8,500 were treated to a cracking game of football throughout.Croom and Limerick player John Galvin opened the scoring for Limerick,Kildare replied through John Doyle a name that broke Limerick hearts as proceedings unfolded.Both sides exchanged points to leave it Limerick 0-8 Kildare 0-5 at half time.Kildare narrowed the margin early in the second half to just one point .The Limerick support got behind their team “Limerick ” “Limerick ” could be heard loudly matched almost by a sizable contingent from Kildare .
Kildare began to look the part with slick passing movements orchestrated by Dermot Earley son of the great Dermot Earley who played for Roscommon when they lost a famous All Ireland final to Kerry in the eighties ,a final in which the current Limerick Manager Mickey Ned O Sullivan was stretchered off early in that final.
Then John Doyle struck (he could have been from Tipp with a name like that) on the twenty three minutes, I held my head in my hands even before he scored as Limerick had pushed out and the space was exposed, Sean Kiely was left on his own facing Doyle but Doyle clinically finished it past him to the Limerick net. The twenty Kildare fans high up on the terrace were jumping with joy it resulted in some of them removing their lily white shirts and swinging them high in the air, a good start to the weekend for them I said to myself. Limerick gave their all and missed some great scoring chances; they tried for an equalizing goal in vain.Kildare through to the next round.
What for Limerick now, I would hope that Mickey Ned O Sullivan stays on or be given a chance to continue the good work he has commenced, there is the nucleus of a very good team here, Ian Ryan what a prospect he has become,not taking from the rest of the panel .Limerick Football is on the up again, let’s hope lady luck will not desert them in the next league campaign so they can continue building.
Supporters comments on the way out” we did not expect to get this far, an extended season” Limerick need to play Division 1 to keep up with the big boys” A cracking good game”Missed chances cost us….
I passed Kildare legend Glenn Ryan outside the gate of the Gaelic Grounds; the Lily White supporters were shaking his hand not forgotten for his immense contribution to Kildare football. I wish them luck, I bet they would they would love a crack at their old pals the Dubs down the road I ask? The losing provincial finalists await them first though Kerry, Mayo, Wexford, Fermanagh/Armagh the draw to be made tomorrow.
Limerick: Sean Kiely (Bruff), Diarmuid Carroll (St.Senans) Johnny McCarthy (St.Kierans), Shane Gallagher (Ballysteen), Padraig Browne (Fr.Caseys), Stephen Lavin (Adare 0-1) Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen), Jim O’Donovan (St.Bridgets 0-1), John Galvin (Croom 0-1) Stephen Kelly (Newcastlewest), James Ryan(Galbally 0-1), Seanie Buckley,(Dromcollogher/Broadford 0-2),Ger Collins (Milford)James Crowley(Monaleen) Ian Ryan (St.Senans 0-5)
Subs: Mike Jones,John Cooke,Kieran O Callaghan, Pat Ahern, Dermot Phelan, Stephen Walsh,John Marsh,Andrew Lane, Lorcan O’Dwyer, Eoin Keating, Micheal Reidy, Tom Collins, Gareth Noonan, Conal o’Cruali, Darragh McMahon.
Kildare: E.Murphy,M O Flaherty,K.O Neill,A..McLoughlin,E.Bolton,M.Foley,M.Scanlon,K.Brennan,D.Earley,J.Kavanagh,P.O Neill,E.Callaghan,A.Smyth,K.Donnelly,J.Doyle.