Date Time Competition Season
1 May 2022 4:00 pm Leinster Senior Football Championship 2022

Match Report

Leinster SFC: Kildare advance to semis

Kildare are through to the Leinster semi-finals after a convincing 2-22 to 0-12 victory over Louth at Bord na Mona O’Connor Park.

Despite some strong periods of momentum from Mickey Harte’s men, Kildare’s prolific forwards proved too much to handle and every forward that played kicked a score.

Louth trailed by eight points at the break but scored three in quick succession at the start of the second-half through Sam Mulroy and Conor Grimes as things started to look brighter.

However a Kevin Feely penalty and a goal from sub Darragh Kirwan dealt huge blows and the Lillies advance.

Glenn Ryan’s team came out of the blocks with no hesitation scoring the first seven points through the usual culprits as Daniel Flynn, Ben McCormack and Hyland all got off the mark. It took the team in red until the 18th minute to get going as Conor Early kicked over.

After 23 minutes all six of the Kildare forwards had kicked a score and their pressure was frantic and relentless. Shortly after the Wee County found some encouragement when Liam Jackson found the net but it was ruled out for a square ball.

Top scorer Mulroy got his second score approaching the half making it 0-11 to 0-4 but Flynn responded with a score to join Hyland on three points. Despite Ciaran Byrne’s kick on 35 minutes Louth were down 0-13 to 0-5 at half-time.

Things looked on the up shortly into the second period for Harte and his words must have stuck somewhat because his side quickly brought their tally to eight points as Mulroy and Grimes kicked over.

However this momentum was neutralised in the 48th minute when Flynn was fouled in the box and Kevin Feely scored the penalty. From here the game ran away from Louth and the introduction of sub Kirwan didn’t help who ended up scoring 1-3.

Mulroy expectedly kicked another two scores and championship debutant Jack Murphy hit one over too, but by this stage the contest was over, especially after Grimes had been sent off for a second yellow.

Some late points by Paddy Woodgate and Paul Cribbin brought it to 2-22 to 0-12. A harsh score line on Louth who had good spells but Kildare won convincingly in the end and now move a step closer to getting to a provincial final for the second year running.


1Mark Donnellan Goalkeeper
2Mick O’Grady Defender
3Shea Ryan Defender
4Ryan Houlihan Defender
5Tony Archbold Defender
6James Murray 17 Defender
7Kevin Flynn Forward 48'
8Kevin Feely Midfielder
9Kevin O’Callaghan Midfielder
10Alex Beirne Forward 15', 20', 59'
11Ben McCormack Forward 11', 13'
12Paul Cribbin Forward 23', 52', 70+4'
13Brian McLoughlin 23 Forward 2'
14Daniel Flynn Forward 12', 19', 34'
15Jimmy Hyland 24 Forward 5', 15', 25', 35', 53'
16Aaron O’Neill Goalkeeper
17David Hyland 6 Defender
18Paddy McDermott
19Mike Joyce Defender
20Daragh Ryan
21Aaron Masterson
22Fergal Conway
23Darragh Kirwan 13 70+1'
51', 54', 61'
24Paddy Woodgate 15 Forward 69', 70+2'
25Neil Flynn
26Shane O’Sullivan


1James Califf Goalkeeper
2Dan Corcoran Defender
3Bevan Duffy Midfielder
4Donal McKenny Defender
5Eoghan Callaghan 23 Defender
6Niall Sharkey Defender 39'
7John Clutterbuck 19 Defender 25'
8Tommy Durnin 26 Forward 55'
9Conor Early 18 Midfielder 18'
10Conall McKeever Forward
11Sam Mulroy Forward 23', 31', 36', 52', 70+4'
12Ciaran Downey Forward
13Liam Jackson Forward
14Conor Grimes Forward 24', 37', 38'
15Ciaran Byrne 22 Forward 35'
16Martin McEneaney Goalkeeper
17Gerard Browne
18Dermot Campbell 9 Defender
19Leonard Grey 7 Defender
20Sean Healy Defender
21Jay Hughes Forward
22Tom Jackson 15
23Ciaran Keenan 5 Forward
24Craig Lennon
25Gerard Malone
26Jack Murphy 8
  • 75'

    Mulroy reaches 0-5 and Cribbin fists another score

  • 72'

    Woodgate gets another score

  • 71'

    Kirwan rounds off an excellent performance with a goal to harshen to scoreline on the Wee Ciunty

  • 70'

    Jack Murphy comes on for Durnin and kicks over Louth's 11th point

  • 69'

    Paddy Woodgate scores having just replaced Hyland to make it 1-20 to 0-10 approaching full-time

  • 67'

    A second yellow for Conor Grimes and Louth are down to 14. McCormack also booked for Kildare

  • 61'

    Kirwan with a hat-trick of points off the bench

  • 60'

    Glenn Ryan brings David Hyland on for James Murray

  • 59'

    Beirne makes it 1-18 to 10 points with 10 to go

  • 56'

    Harte makes two changes. Ciaran Keenan and Dermot Campbell come on for Conor Early and Eoghan Callaghan. Louth looking down and out though

  • 55'

    Durnin gets off the mark for Harte's team

  • 54'

    Kirwan with another score

  • 53'

    Hyland with another

  • 52'

    Mulroy gets one back wiht his 4th score

  • 52'

    Cribbin fists over

  • 51'

    Sub Darragh Kirwan sticks one over

  • 48'

    Kevin Feely scores the penalty. Huge blow for Louth

  • 47'

    Penalty for Kildare as Daniel Flynn is brought down

  • 44'

    Some handbag pushing and shoving going on now as Tommy Durnin was brought to ground

  • 39'

    Louth half-back Niall Sharkey receives a yellow for a tough challenge

  • 38'

    Grimes with another score

  • 38'

    Flynn kicks Kildare's 6th wide

  • 37'

    Great start for the side in red. Grimes kicks from distance to make it a six point game

  • 36'

    Captain Sam Mulroy gets Louth back underway with a free

  • Second-half begins at O'Connor Park

  • Half-time in Tullamore and its Kildare 0-13 Louth 0-5. The Wee County have been positive going forward but simply couldn't deal with the six Lilywhite forwards who all got involved with the scoring. Louth had a goal ruled out by Liam Jackson but none the less face an uphill battle in the remainder. Jimmy Hyland is on fire at corner forward for Kildare with four points already.

  • 35'

    Ciaran Byrne scores on the brink of the interval

  • 34'

    Flynn joins Hyland on three points. Two minutes to go to half-time

  • 31'

    Mulroy with another score. 0-11 to 0-4

  • 28'

    Encouragement for Harte as Liam Jackson hits the net but unfortunately it is ruled out for a square ball

  • 27'

    Leonard Gray replaces Clutterbuck who is injured

  • 25'

    John Clutterbuck receives a yellow

  • 25'

    Hyland scores again

  • 24'

    Conor Grimes with a score for Louth

  • 23'

    Sam Mulroy gets his tally underway to make it 0-10 to 0-2

  • 23'

    Paul Cribbin gets Kildare to the 10 point mark

  • 20'

    Beirne scores again to make it 0-9 to 0-1

  • 19'

    Flynn with a second

  • 18'

    Conor Early gets Louth of the mark with a score from midfield

  • 15'

    Alex Beirne gets in on the action with a score

  • 15'

    Hyland with another point for Ryan's men. Kildare running riot thus far

  • 13'

    McCormack kicks one over again and that's five without reply

  • 12'

    Daniel Flynn gets his first to make it 0-4

  • 11'

    Ben McCormack kicks the 3rd score for the Lillies

  • 5'

    Jimmy Hyland gets the second with a free

  • 2'

    First score to Brian McLoughlin for Kildare

  • We're underway at O'Connor Park

  • The winner will meet either Dublin, Westmeath or Meath in the semis after they beat Wexford, Longford and Wicklow respectfully. The Lilywhites prepare for their first championship game of the year while Louth brushed aside Carlow last week in the preliminary round

  • Mark Donnellan is the chosen goalkeeper chosen by Glenn Ryan after rotating heavily with Aaron O'Neill to this point. Daniel Flynn starts at 14, joined by corner forward pair Brian McLoughlin and Jimmy Hyland. For Louth Ciaran Byrne starts despite coming off injured against Carlow. Sam Mulroy is on the 40 behind Conor Grimes

  • This game will be an acid test for the Division 2 campaign in 2023 with Kildare going down and Louth going up this season. The Lilywhites are the clear favourites but the Wee County are carrying serious momentum under Mickey Harte and are expected to have a good go

  • Con Sheehan here reporting Kildare v Louth in the last of four Leinster Championship quarter finals this weekend. Throw-in is 4 pm down in Tullamore at Bord na Mona O'Connor Park

21 year old undergraduate journalist in final year at Dublin City University. High interest in long-form sports journalism, tactical analysis, etc. Main correspondent for Drogheda United