All-Ireland Qualifiers round one
Daniel Flynn's eighth minute wonder goal lit up a thrilling first half in Kildare's All-Ireland qualifier clash with Derry in Owenbeg this afternoon.
In such a vital game that will signal the end of one these county's participation in the summer, both sides have gone at it hammer and thongs in an enthralling affair at the Derry venue.
After some early off the ball skirmishes in which Fergal Conway and Leo McGoldrick were booked, the game began in blistering fashion as Conway and Shay McGuigan swapped points, before Daniel Flynn nudged Kildare ahead with a fine score.
Derry soon hit the first goal of the game as Enda Lynn appeared to get the last touch on a shot from McGuigan. Kildare responded instantaneously with a fine point from Conway, before Flynn hit his wonder goal as he took on the entire Derry defence before lashing a brilliant shot into the top corner. A couple of points in quick succession but Kildare in command, but the Lilywhites were dealt a blow when captain Eoin Doyle received a black card for pulling down the marauding Padraig Cassidy.
Emmet Bradley and Cassidy both raised white flags for the hosts before Kevin Feely responded with a free, but a second goal from Lynn on 19 minutes levelled matters at 1-6 to 2-3. Kildare powered ahead with points from Tommy Moolick and Keith Cribbin, before Jack Doherty and Kildare debutant James Murray traded scores at either end.
Conway smacked over another couple of points to bring his tally to four points, but scores from McGoldrick and Lynn kept Derry within just one point as the break approached, but Feely added another score from a free to double their advantage before half-time.
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