Even before the League started it was always touted that this game could play a huge factor in deciding the top two finishers in Division 2B and it looks to be going along familiar lines as Derry went to Newbridge and took the points.
The game was a repeat of the 2018 Christy Ring Semi-Final but on this occasion it was Derry who came out on top.
Kildare manager David Herity was full of regret as he thought they threw the points away in first half stoppage time when they let a four point lead slip down to just one by half-time.
“We were just a point up at half-time and I thought we were better than that and should have been three or four up but the way they came back before the break was the difference in the end”.
“Overall we didn’t punish them enough on the scoreboard and we gave away far too many frees and they punished us every single time with Cormac O’Doherty who is a brilliant free taker so its something we have to go back and look at and try and improve on for the Wicklow game”.
Discipline was a major issue for Kildare as they conceded ten points from frees but the Kilkenny man still saw plenty of positives in the performance.
“We just gave away far too many needless frees and after forcing turnovers a few decisions went against us so there is things we can work on and I thought the lads were brilliant in the second half but Derry are a good team and they got on top of us and every time we got close to them they kicked on again”.
“Their keeper made a crucial save from Brian Byrne at a vital time as well but in general there is a huge amount we can take from the game and while we played well in patches we are learning a lot and playing against the likes of Derry will bring us on a tonne”, Herity said.
Kildare will now go on to play Wicklow next weekend where a win will be needed to stay in the race for promotion with Derry having one foot in the League final as it stands.
“The next two games are must win now and Wicklow away next weekend is going to be a fierce battle and while we got over them in the Keogh Cup this will be completely different and Mark Doyle had to make a couple of great saves that day as well”.
“They will be huge opposition and it’s still all to play for and the League is set up nicely”.
“You’d now expect Derry to be practically in the final after the win today so it’s going to be a huge fight between ourselves, Wicklow and Down for that other spot”.
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