IT Carlow 0-1
O'Byrne Cup round two
The participation of college teams in the O'Byrne Cup will be called into question once again as It Carlow shipped another massive defeat in Hawkfield against a Kildare side that hardly broke a sweat this evening.
Considering Offaly scored 5-18 against this IT Carlow team it was never likely that Kildare would have to get out of second gear to win this one, but they could have remained in neutral as their opponents were going backwards throughout the game in what was a near farcical showing.
Kildare were 1/50 to win on Wednesday night, meaning if you had 500 quid on the men in white the winnings would have covered the entry fee at the gate, which at 10 euro was borderline extortion for what was on show.
Kildare led by 1-4 to 0-0 with seven minutes played, 1-10 to 0-0 by the 25th minute and by half-time they were 2-14 to 0-0 ahead.
While the home side looked slick in possession and strung more than a few intricate passing moves together, the paucity of pressure applied by the students ensured that they could trickle through cracks in the IT Carlow backline with consummate ease.
Ben McCormack was the star of the opening 35 minutes, scoring five points from play and generally causing absolute havoc from his position in the Kildare full-forward line. Some of the points the young Sarsfields attacker kicked were sublime, while he also showed a great burst of pace to set up David Slattery for his first ever Kildare senior goal with just over 60 seconds played.
Tommy Moolick was also a dominant figure during the first half as he slotted over three points from play and also stung the figures of Raheens clubman Declan Campbell, who was playing in goals for the visitors.
Cathal McNally chalked up 1-2 in a fine personal performance in the opening 35 minutes. His goal came after he and Neill Flynn showed quick hands to exchange a one-two on the edge of the IT Carlow square before the Johnstownbridge man calmly slotted home.
Both Moolick and McCormack were withdrawn at the break as Kildare led by 20 points, affording both Pascal Connell and Eddie Heavey 35 minutes of involvement.
The second half was remarkable purely for the fact that it was IT Carlow who scored first through Eoin Buggie, though that proved to be their only score of the game on the 37 minute mark.
Eamonn Callaghan came off the bench to kick three fine second half points for the Lilywhites, while Neill Flynn and the re-introduced Tommy Moolick netted second half goals as the home side romped to a 35-point victory.
They will go head to head with Offaly in O'Connor Park on Sunday afternoon for a place in the O'Byrne Cup semi-final, and that game is sure to have a more competitive edge to it.
Scorers for Kildare: T Moolick and N Flynn 1-3 each, B McCormack 0-5, C McNally 1-2, D Slattery 1-1, E Callaghan 0-3, F Dowling and N Kelly 0-2 each, D Hyland, F Conway and C Hartley 0-1 each.
Scorers for IT Carlow: E Buggie 0-1.
S McNamara; P Kelly, M O'Grady, O Lyons; S Ryan, D Hyland, C O'Donoghue; F Dowling(T Moolick 55mins), T Moolick(P Connell ht); F Conway, C Hartley(N Kelly 50mins), C McNally(E Callaghan 40mins); N Flynn(K Cribbin 39mins), D Slattery, B McCormack(E Heavey ht).
D Campbell; J Casey, T O'Connell, C Ward; N Kane, E Buggie, T Collins; M Russell, S Maughan; D O'Sullivan, W Young, R Ryan; S Ryan, L Flynn,
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