Leinster U20 Football Championship quarter-final
By Robert Cribbin
Four second half goals helped Kildare easily get the better of Carlow in their Leinster Under 20 Football Quarter Final in Netwatch Cullen Park.
Aaron Masterson, Shane O’Sullivan, Niall Murphy and Paddy Woodgate were all on target in a clinical attacking display that now sets them up for a last four meeting with Dublin next weekend.
Kildare were always the better side even though they only led by five points at the interval but once Paddy Woodgate goaled in the 39th minute it was all routine from there.
Kildare were lining up with two changes from their impressive final group victory over Wicklow as both Brian McLoughlin and Tony Archbold cried off injured with Padraig Nash and Jason Gibbons taking their place.
Like the Minors and Seniors who Kildare played in recent weeks, Carlow lined up very defensively as they played with a sweeper in the hope of soaking up Kildare pressure before hitting them on the counter attack but like the way the minor game went once they had to chase the game they were all at sea.
Davy Burke’s side were on the scoreboard within thirty seconds of the throw in after a long direct ball in towards Jimmy Hyland broke to Paddy Woodgate and after he passed out to Sam Doran, the Johnstownbridge man split the posts with the help of a deflection.
Jimmy Hyland then extended Kildare’s lead with a fine score after cutting in from the sideline as he continued his fine form.
Darragh Ryan and Sam Doran improved the Lillywhites lead to four points before the tenth minute with scores from play as Kildare looked in a degree of control.
Carlow did open their account with a lovely Conor Doyle free before that was added to by a Conor Crowley effort from range.
Kildare duly kicked on after that Carlow response though with firstly Padraig Nash kicking a nice point as he jinked away from tackles after good build up play by Hyland and Mark Dempsey.
Hyland added another score from play in the 16th minute while team captain Aaron Masterson found himself on the end of a pair of moves as he kicked a brace of scores.
Kildare’s defence had looked a bit open at times however as the Barrowsiders created a few goal opportunities as Niall Roche shot wide with Robbie Kane also having a shot smothered by Aaron O’Neill.
Carlow did finish the half on top with a brilliant score from Cian Doyle off the outside of his left boot but it was Kildare who held the halfway advantage as they led 0-8 to 0-3.
Hyland brought his tally to three points in the opening stages of the second half after he converted a free after originally being fouled.
Kildare were proving to be very wasteful in front of goal though and successive scores for Carlow from Crowley and Ross Dunphy reduced the lead to 0-9 to 0-5.
As a whole though Kildare’s defence improved the longer the half went on and Hyland up front was leading the line well as he kicked two points to extend the lead to six.
The game then ended as a contest as Kildare scored two goals between the 39th and 44th minutes as Paddy Woodgate got the first when he finished nicely off his left foot after rounding a defender.
Niall Murphy had only appeared as a substitute for Sam Doran for a matter of seconds when he received the ball from an inviting quick Paddy Woodgate free and the Ballymore man made no mistake in blasting the ball past Jack Rowan in the Carlow goal.
That left Kildare with a 2-11 to 0-5 lead and the victors went through the motions from there as Hyland and sub Shane O’Sullivan found the target.
Carlow did react with scores from Crowley, Robbie Kane and Niall Roche but after Niall Murphy found the target, corner back DJ Earley from Monasterevin lit up proceedings with two beautifully converted placed balls.
There was still time late on for two further goals as Aaron Masterson and Shane O’Sullivan found the net while Nash and Jack Barrett also hit points as Kildare ruthlessly booked their place in the Leinster Semi-Final with a 4-19 to 0-8 success.
Kildare: Aaron O'Neill; Mark Dempsey, Mark Barrett, DJ Earley 0-2 (0-1f, 0-1 45), Stephen Comerford, Jason Gibbons, Ruadhan O'Giollain, Aaron Masterson 1-2, David Marnell, Darragh Ryan 0-1, Padraig Nash 0-3 (0-1f), Jack Bambrick, Jimmy Hyland 0-5 (0-2fs), Sam Doran 0-2, Paddy Woodgate 1-1 (0-1f). Subs: Jack Barrett 0-1 (0-1f) for Comerford 30 mins, Shane O’Sullivan 1-1 for Marnell 38 mins, Niall Murphy 1-1 for Doran 42 mins, Cian Costigan for Woodgate 46 mins, Jack Cully for Hyland 49 mins, Matthew Betts-Symonds for Ryan 50 mins.
Carlow: Jack Rowan; Conor O’Doherty, James Kehoe, Sennan Molloy, Diarmuid Ruth, Josh Moore, Cormac Lomax, Tommy Bric, Niall Roche 0-1, Cian Doyle 0-1 , Ross Dunphy 0-1, Conor Doyle 0-1 (0-1f) ,Tadhg Roche, Conor Crowley 0-3 (0-1f), Robbie Kane 0-1. Subs: Mikey Bambrick for Bric 43 mins, Niall Cawley for Cian Doyle 43 mins, Cathal Myers for Lomax 49 mins, Aidan Lillis for Ruth 51 mins, Darragh Fitzpatrick for Conor Doyle 58 mins, Conor Ryan for Molloy 58 mins.
Ref: Niall Ward (Westmeath)
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