Longford defeat Kildare in round 1 of the O’Byrne Cup

A goal each in each half proved the difference as Longford beat Kildare by 2-14 to 0-14 in round one of the O’Byrne Cup writes Michael Cooke.

The opening quarter was very evenly contested with the teams level on 4 occasions. The margin was increased to two in the 21st minute when Joseph Hagan scored the game’s first goal.

Joseph Hagan had a fine game overall, scoring 1-3 from play. Darren Gallagher and Daniel Mimnagh were also to the fore in the opening half for Padraic Davis’ side.

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On the other hand, Neil Flynn and Padraig Nash contributed six of Kildare’s eight points in the first half as they trailed Longford by 1-8 to 0-8 at the break.

Longford made the better start to the second half and Darren Gallagher’s shooting gained them a four-point lead.

Kildare responded with points from Paddy Brophy, Darragh Kirwan and Jack Robinson as they reduced the deficit to a single point.

There was never more than four points between them until the 69th minute when a goal from Daniel Mimnagh extended the margin to six and Longford led by the same margin at full-time.