KILDARE 2-11 OFFALY 0-15

By Richard Commins

Gutsy Kildare Under 20s dethroned the All-Ireland Champions Offaly with a heart-stopping two point Eirgrid Leinster Championship semi-final win in Tullamore tonight.

The introduction of Aaron Browne, the Celbridge star who has been recovering from a hamstring injury, helped turn the tide after Offaly had pushed into a three-point lead early in the second-half, Browne scoring the crucial second Kildare goal ten minutes from time.

Full Report see the Kildare Nationalist: https://kildare-nationalist.ie/2022/04/21/kildare-dethrone-champions-to-reach-leinster-u20-final/

KILDARE: Cormac Barker (Kilcullen) 0-1 (f); Harry O’Neill (Clane), Dean O’Donoghue (Celbridge), Mark Maguire (Naas); Aedan Boyle (Clogherinkoe), James McGrath (Athy), Tommy Gill (Carbury); Brendan Gibbons (Kilcock), Luke Killian (Sallins); Niall O’Regan (Celbridge), Daniel Lynam (Caragh) 1-0, Adam Fanning (Clane) 0-2; Darragh Swords (Caragh) 0-1, Shane Farrell (Kilcock) 0-1, Eoin Bagnall (Allenwood) 0-3 (1m 1f). Subs: Aaron Browne (Celbridge) for Farrell (temp 18-21), Aaron Browne (Celbridge) 1-2 for Swords 38, Ryan Burke (Caragh) for Gibbons 47, Jack McKevitt (Naas) for O’Regan 49, James Dalton (Sallins) for Bagnall (58), Adam Conneely (Two Mile House) for Lynam 61.

OFFALY: Seán O’Toole; Lee Pearson, Diarmuid Finneran, Tom Hyland; Cathal Ryan, John Furlong, Jay Sheerin; Morgan Tynan 0-2, Adam Strong; Fionn Dempsey, Harry Plunkett 0-3 (3fs), Marcas Dalton 0-1; Cormac Delaney 0-5 (4fs 1’45), Keith O’Neill 0-3, Darragh Flynn 0-1. Subs: Jamie Guing for Plunkett 47, Eoin Murphy for Dalton 61.REFEREE: Patrick Maguire (Longford).

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