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.

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.