|1 May 2022||4:00 pm||Leinster Senior Football Championship||2022|
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.