GAA Football

Clinical Kildare bring an end to Down's mini-revival as relegation fears resurface

From Neil Loughran at Pairc Esler
19 March, 2017 11:53

Allianz Football League Division Two: Down 0-10 Kildare 2-9

DOWN’S dreams of breaking away from the Division Two relegation dogfight suffered a hammer blow on Saturday night as second-half goals from supersub David Slattery saw Kildare bring a halt to the Mourne County’s mini-revival.

Trailing by just a point after a close first half, Eamonn Burns’s men were caught on the hop as Kildare landed 1-1 within the opening two minutes to grab the game by the scruff.

Lilywhites boss Cian O’Neill sent on David Slattery for Cathal McNally at the break and the Confey man responded by finding the back of the net with his first touch. It was the kind of quick dividend from a switch managers can only dream of.

Slattery wasn’t done yet either, landing Kildare’s killer second goal with a clever finish 15 minutes from time, a blow from which Down never truly recovered.

Down: M Cunningham; R McAleenan, B McArdle, D O’Hagan; D O’Hanlon (0-4, frees), C McGovern, C Mooney (0-2); A Carr, P Turley; K McKernan (0-1), C Maginn, J Murphy; S Millar, B O’Hagan (0-2), R Johnston. Subs: A Davidson for R Johnston (55), N Donnelly for A Carr (57), M Poland for C Maginn (65), S Dornan for S Millar (69), C Magee for P Turley (69)

Black cards: J Johnston (0-1) replaced A Davidson (63), J Johnston (74, no replacement)

Yellow cards: S Millar (40), M Poland (76)

Kildare: M Donnellan (0-1, 45); M O’Grady, D Hyland, O Lyons (0-1); J Byrne, E Doyle, K Cribbin; K Feely (0-5, frees), T Moolick (0-1); F Conway, N Kelly, P Cribbin (0-1); C McNally, D Flynn, C Hartley. Subs: D Slattery (2-0) for C McNally (HT), F Dowling for C Hartley (55), E Callaghan for D Slattery (65), E Heavey for T Moolick (68), S Ryan for F Conway (70), L Healy for E Doyle (75)

Yellow cards: E Doyle (19), M O’Grady (71), M Donnellan (74)

Referee: N Cullen (Fermanagh)

Att: 1,700


19 March, 2017 11:53 GAA Football