Kildare maul Offaly by 13 points

Updated: June 18, 2012

Kildare were never troubled by an Offaly side that was not able to match their pace, power and fitness and ran out winners by 13 points.

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Offaly began the match brightly despite being underdogs but these early flashes dissipated as Kildare took complete control.

The winning margin may have been greater had it not been for an inspired goalkeeping performance from Alan Mulhall who was one of the few Offaly players to come out of the game with any credit.

Leading 0-8 to 0-3 by half time, Kildare then proceeded to outscore Offaly by 0-11 to 0-3 in a second half performance of unprecedented dominance. Ollie Lyons, Johnny Doyle, Tomás O’Connor and Mick Foley were all outstanding for Kildare as they ran out 0-19 to 0-6 winners.

Defensively Kildare were always in control and managed to get nine different players on the scoresheet but Manager Kieran McGeeney won’t be entirely satisfied with the performance after his side wasted at least four decent goal chances and shot a number of poor wides.

After such a commanding performance, Kildare will be favourites to beat Meath while Offaly will now have to take their place in Monday morning’s draw for the All-Ireland qualifier first round draw.


Offaly: Alan Mulhall, Shane Sullivan, John Moloney, Sean Pender, Brian Darby, Michael Brazil, Eoin Rigney, Alan Mc Namee, Richie Dalton, Ross Brady, Daniel Currams, Niall Smith, Ken Casey, Graham Guilfoyle, Anton Sullivan

Kildare: S Connolly; A McLoughlin, H McGrillen, P Kelly; E Bolton, M O’Flaherty, O Lyons; M Foley, P O’Neill; J Doyle, E O’Flaherty, A Smith; J Kavanagh, T O’Connor, M Conway.

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