Kildare lead Longford by 3 points at the break thanks to excellent Niall Kelly goal

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Kildare lead Longford by 3 points at the break thanks to excellent Niall Kelly goal
14:41 Saturday 7th of January 2017

Kildare               1-7

Longford           0-7

O'Byrne Cup round one

A surge at the end of the first half saw Kildare turn a three-point deficit into a three-point advantage as Niall Kelly's excellent goal helped the home side into the lead at the interval in the first O'Byrne Cup game of 2017.

Longford have been operating with a defensive system that has seen them funnel at least 10 players back inside their own '45 each time Kildare have been on the attack, and for long periods it was paying dividends.

The full-forward duo of Neill Flynn and Ben McCormack have been showing for the ball exceptionally well, and they've done some good work when trying to bring others into play, but they are constantly surrounded each time they get on the ball.

Flynn has been perhaps the most impressive of Kildare's players so far, and it was his excellent ball across the face of goal that set up Niall Kelly for a 32nd minute goal that propelled the hosts into the lead for the first time.

Longford led by 0-6 to 0-3 at one stage, with Robbie Smyth and Sean McCormack landing three points apiece, but they have fallen back badly as the half wore on. Fionn Dowling, who also registered the first and only mark of the opening half, has scored three points from frees so far, while Flynn, McCormack, Conor Hartley and Fergal Conway have all raised white flags for the Lilywhites.

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