By Richard Commins

Semi-finals are for winning and Kildare under-20’s did that with five points to spare over first-time Connacht champions Sligo in Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday evening.

Although the outcome is a second All Ireland final in this grade in the five years of the competition, it was a game that won’t live long in Kildare memories, with the forward line struggling to find anything like their best form, shooting a woeful 12 scores from 32 attempts.

Captain Aaron Browne was the exception to that profligacy, the Celbridge man overcoming a quiet performance in the Leinster Final to shoot five fine points from play and claiming the official man-of-the-match award.

Full Report:

KILDARE: Cormac Barker; Harry O’Neill, Dean O’Donoghue 0-1, Mark Maguire; Tommy Gill 0-2 (1f), James McGrath, Niall O’Regan 0-2; Brendan Gibbons, Luke Killian; Ryan Burke, Daniel Lynam 0-1, Shane Farrell; Aaron Browne 0-5, Adam Fanning 0-1, Eoin Bagnall. Subs: Darragh Swords for Lynam 41, James Dalton for Bagnall 46, Jack McKevitt for Fanning 56, Tomas Von Engelbrecten for O’Regan 61, Tom Martin for Farrell 63.

SLIGO: Cian Kilcoyne; Shane Molloy, Mark McGowan, Conor Johnston; James Donlon, Jack Lavin, Feidhlim O’Donnell; Canice Mulligan 0-1, Joseph Keaney 0-2; Oisin Flynn 0-1, Lee Duignan 0-1 (f), Dylan Walsh; Gavin Duffy 0-1, Eoghan Smith 0-1, Jack Davitt. Subs: Luke Casserly for Flynn HT, Luke Marren for Duffy 36, Matt Henry for Walsh 46, Oisín Gorman for Smith 55, Ciarán O’Reilly for O’Donnell 55.

REFEREE: Martin McNally (Monaghan)

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