25 March 2018 – Kildare 0-10 Galway 0-16 (NFL Div One, Newbridge)

After another miserable performance from the team we didn’t have the enthusiasm for a full write-up on the seventh league defeat on the trot (11th in all competitions equaling our worst ever run dating back to 1980/81).

A link to the Irish Independent match report is included at the bottom of the page.

We did however record our match ratings and line-up/scorers information for Kildare.

Enjoy the break! We will…

Player Ratings:

Aaron O’Neill – 6 – Very solid competitive debut from the 18-year old Carbury lad. Shot-stopping wasn’t tested but good under a high ball, composed and very long kick-out could be useful.

Peter Kelly – 6 – Remains the tightest of the full back line although conceded a couple of points to his direct opponent.

David Hyland – 5 – Hands full again with another experienced full-forward in Armstrong. Still not getting tight enough for me and Armstrong handed too much possession.

Mark Hyland – 5 – Much as his brother.

Jonathan Byrne – 5 – Still offering very little defensively at this level. Absence of pace a problem. Did get forward for one score.

Eoin Doyle – 5 – Easily brushed aside for a couple of scores and poor attempt at a pick-up critical in conceding Galway’s insurance point. Can play so much better.

Kevin Flynn – 6 – Not his best display but at least carries the fight to the opposition.

Paul Cribbin – 5 –  As always mixed the sublime with the ridiculous. Three poor wides to one sublime point is a poor return.

Tommy Moolick – 6 – Usual hard-working performance and a customary point.

Fergal Conway – 5 – Like Byrne his performance has slipped significantly on the last couple of years. Ran into traffic far too often.

Keith Cribbin – 6 – Operated between both half-lines but not as involved as of late.

Paddy Brophy – 6 – Very involved particularly in the first half and his foot-passing was excellent at times but we’re robbing Peter to pay Paul playing him outside the ’45 in a third midfielder role.

Jimmy Hyland – 6 – Lively display and put a couple of early mistakes behind him to score a good point and win some decent possession. Willing worker who hopefully will grow into the jersey.

Éanna O’Connor – 6 – Mixed display, top scored with four points but seemed to take a long time to exert any influence. Not immune from shooting wides either – had three of them.

Eamon Callaghan – 5 – the logic of starting him in such a game rather than one of the younger panellists escapes me completely


Scorers for Kildare: É. O’Connor (2f,1’45) 0-4, T.Moolick, J.Hyland, J.Byrne, P.Cribbin, P.Brophy, D.Courtney 0-1 each.

Kildare Line Up:

Pos Player Sub
1 Mark Donnellan
2 Peter Kelly
3 David Hyland
4 Mark Hyland Mark Dempsey H/T
5 Johnny Byrne Daniel Courtney 55
6 Eoin Doyle
7 Kevin Flynn
8 Paul Cribbin
9 Tommy Moolick
10 Fergal Conway Fionn Dowling 45
11 Keith Cribbin
12 Paddy Brophy
13 Jimmy Hyland Ruadhan Ó Giollain 65
14 Éanna O’Connor
15 Eamon Callaghan David Slattery 49

Match Report (Irish Independent) : Tribes Heap More Misery on Lilywhites