A successful weekend for Kildare GAA teams.
A successful day for three Kildare hurling and football teams yesterday.
Pride of place to David Herity’s hurling squad who secured an injury time draw with Offaly
Final score: 0-23 to 2-17:
Kildare led by 6 points in the final quarter, but conceded two goals, before Offaly took the lead.
Kildare captain James Burke converted a 20 metre free 5 minutes into injury time for the draw, which puts Kildare in the Division 2A final in a fortnight
In the final, Kildare will play the winners of Offaly vs Kerry.
Kildare will play Division 2 football next season after Glenn Ryan’s footballers beat Limerick by 3-10 to 2-7
A goal by Kevin Flynn, Kildare’s first in the League, sent them on their way to lead 1-4 to 0-2 after 22 minutes.
At half time, Kildare 1-6 Limerick 0-4.
A Limerick goal 22 minutes into the 2nd half narrowed Kildare’s lead to 3 points
Kildare hit back within minutes when sub Jack Robinson palmed a Kildare goal.
With two minutes left, Limerick scored another goal to leave it 2-9 to 2-6.
Limerick were missing goal chances, but a late injury time goal by Daragh Kirwan gave Kildare the vital win
The result preserves Kildare’s Division 2 status for next season. Clare and Limerick are relegated.
Kildare play Meath in Newbridge next weekend. The result of that game is crucial to Kildare retaining a place in the All Ireland series.
A win against Meath would ensure a 5th place finish in the Division, but that still might not be enough to avoid the Tailteann Cup.
Next Sunday’s game will be the last to be held in St. Conleth’s Park, ahead of it being demolished.
Diane O Hora’s Kildare women footballers were away to Sligo in the Lidl Ladies Division 3 League.
Kildare led 2-4 to 0-2 after 15 minutes. At half time, they led by 3-9 to 0-2; Final score: Kildare 3-15 Sligo 1-5
On Saturday in the Leinster U16 championship, Dublin 5-5 Kildare 1-8
In the Very Ireland Camogie Division 3A on Saturday: Kildare 2-9 Mayo 1-6
Yesterday in the minor championship, Laois 1-14 Kildare 1-6
Three GAA club League finals were decided over the weekend.
In the Aldridge Cup final, Celbridge beat Sarsfields 1-11 to 11 points.
The Keogh Cup final, Monasterevin 2-13 Caragh 3-9 – a Ryan Bannon goal 4 minutes into injury time giving Monasterevin a one point win.
The Dowling cup final, Miltown 2-8 Grange 1-8
Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 4-1 to extend their Premier League lead to 8 points
In the FA Cup, Brighton beat Grimsby Town 5 nil.
Sheffield Utd beat Blackburn Rovers 3-2
Manchester Utd beat Fulham 3-1
In the semi finals.
Brighton will play Manchester Utd.
Manchester City will play Sheffield Utd.
The Ireland U20 rugby team completed a great weekend of Irish rugby
They are Six Nations champions and Grand Slam winners, after their 36-24 win over England in Musgrave Park.
Suncroft’s Sam Prendergast, Naas’s Andrew Osborne and Wicklow native Oscar Cawley, who plays with Naas, all featuring.
It’s the 2nd Grand Slam in a row for Ireland and their 3rd in five years.
In the Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup: a converted try in the 82nd minute gave Cill Dara a 22-21 win over Naas in Fournoughts.
In the Basketball’s Women’s Superleague Playoffs, Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics lost 65-72 to Meteors
Reminder to join Eoin Beatty on this morning’s Kildare Today for a review of the weekend GAA, while Kildare Scoreboard, with Paul Power, this evening from 6.30pm will review all the weekend Kildare sport.