Donegal beat Kildare in a thriller at Croker

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Updated: July 30, 2011

Donegal beat Kildare after a thrilling game that went to extra time, Kildare looked to be going through to the semi-finals until two late points from Donegal sealed a one point win in extra time.

Kildare 0-14 v 1-12 Donegal FT

Commentary:
Over here Donegal come back from the death to win
22min the last minute, ball not cleared but its a free to the ulstermen. murphy on the sideline, into gallagher, back to toy then magee and Kevin cassidy smacks it home and over!!! Donegal win it at the death. incredible game
20min Kildare work it forward but its with the Donegla keeper as we enter an extra 2 minutes, up the field it goes and its over the bar by super sub christy toy!
19min Donegal gained possesion but it drifts out of play
18min Kildare hanging on as Donegal seek a score
14min a huge score for Donegal
13min another one pulled back under the lights
12min The second 10 minute period is off and running. John Doyle to Bolton and a great score
10min Donegal pull one back
10min another point for Kildare by smith
8min Kildare get another great score to nose ahead
Doyle looks set to return
3min Kildare get a fine score by sweeney
1min White wins the throw in and kildare shoot wide
John Doyle replaced by white
Its extra time here at Croker
39min Kidare again win the kick out but its out as we look to extra time
38min Up steps o’flaherty, 5 points already, draws his boot back and its over and the sides are level!
The donegal keeper goes with a boot out, kildare win it, smith forward, on the right, across the goal, desperate defence, players down and its a free in for Kildare 20yards out
Kildare streaming forward but again the Ulstermen steal and head away, back it comes
4 mins added time
35min O’flaherty floored and the second yellow is flashed. free cleared to donegal who fire up field
32min Kildare win the kick out, mcsweeney to doyle to kavanagh out wide who goes cross field and its over!!! stop that fat lady because this game is on
31min O’flaherty shots and wide!!
30min 5 to go, murphy hussled off the end down at the canal end as my old irish teacher and croker mc, Joseph O’Neill announces stewards to end of game positions! but sweeney wins a free for Kildare
29min a rare rare second period score for Kildare
28min Could Donegal pull off the biggest robbery since Dick Turpin robbed the London Coach? the purists wont like it but bottom line is results
27min Kildare going for it but again the shooting boots letting them down. getting on for 14 mins since they’ve scored
23min Kildare going for changes as they charge forward but Donegal again steal it.
21min McGlynn knocks in a shot, drops near the goal and super sub Toy buries the ball to the net. The Norths awake in Croker
18min a number of shots from out the field by both sides fail to put either ahead
Much better half as the penny drops for bith sides that its knock out
14min Cassidy equaliser for Donegal
13mins Smith puts Kildare ahead, thats 7 from 16 shots for kildare
9min Molloy gets a brillant equaliser as Kildare start to come off the rails
8min Bradley scores for Donegal as the northeners start to open up a bit more
5min Murphy races down the other end and nabs a point for Donegal
5min a goal for kildare as the rebound hits the post bounces down but no the ref rules it out for a square ball!
3min O’Flaherty’s 4th point from the Kildare free
2min more smoothering play by Donegal, concede free to Kildare.scrappy play with poor passing isnt helping the crowd

1min(second period) we are off again and kildare win the throw in.
As half time beckons mchugh finishes a rare rare donegal attack!
Donegal havent scored since 12 mins and Kildare ending the stronger
3 mins additional time
32mins a rare score and it goes to Kildare
31mins Very fractured play, tight and hard to get the nose in front for either side.
26min blanket defence means few chances but like two chess grand masters, both sides poking and prodding
26min oh donegal shot destined for the net brillantly saved by connolly
24min not pretty to watch but donegal keeping kildare to long range efforts
22min Donegal concede another one to young o’flaherty
20min Padraig O’neill from 30 yards sails over
16min Kildare weathering the donegal storm, moving forward with a line ball, to o’flaherty, fisted to flanagan into o’connor, donegal nab possession. Foul and free to the northerners. pass out and too many steps, free to kildare
12min blatant foul by donegal, 40 yards out, o’flaherty to take,and its there
11min both sides exchaning passes, donegal shot from 40 yards thru Mcfadden , bangs off the post and booted clear
9min Kavanagh scores for Donegal after a good move.
7min Kildare attack again, onto Doyle who passes off to callaghan who shoots wide. Donegal swamping them with 13 men behind each attack
6min Paddy McBrearty with the first score for Donegal
4min another free for the thoroughbreds.Doyle drops it short and wide.
2min free in for Kildare, about 30 yards out.Johnny Doyle in front of the hogan facing Hill 16, composes himself, and its dropped short but o’flaherty knocks it over for the first point
1min we are off at croker.
walsh and kavanagh in for Donegal
Kildare’s 7th match of this years sam maguire, their opponents have played five so far. Delayed due to extra time in minors match.
The main event awaits us here at headquarters. Kildare have been going like a steam train through the qualifiers.Donegal
wont be a pushover but as Obi Wan observed to Luke Skywalker, ”Kildare the force is with you”.

Preview:
The final game in Saturday’s Croke Park triple header sees Kildare face Donegal for a pop at Dublin, Roscommon or Tyrone. A 6.00pm throw in not proving the most ideal scenario for the travelling Donegal support, but all that will be forgotten if they can continue their recent resurgence and clinch an All- Ireland semi-final spot.

This will be the second meeting between the sides in the Championship, although their first at this stage of the competition, Kildare edging a tight contest 1-17 to 1-16 back in 2001. John Doyle scored 5 points that day and 10 years on he is still producing match winning displays.

This will be the fourth time that Kildare have played in the All Ireland quarter finals and that experience could prove the key for the Lilywhites. Since bowing out of Leinster, Kildare have come into their own in the qualifiers and go into this game as strong favourites after impressive wins over Derry and Meath in recent weeks.

If everything goes according to the form book Kieran McGeeney’s men will face bitter rivals Dublin for a place in the All Ireland final, however Donegal will have other ideas.

Donegal have shown great determination and tactical know how to make their way through to become the Ulster provisional champions. Donegal are back in the quarter finals for the first since 2009 and will be keen to erase the memory of their draw in the league in February, a Michael Foley goal saving Kildare’s skin that day.

The one change to the Kildare team for the game as Gary White drops to the bench with Brian Flanagan called up at right half back. White was withdrawn after 23 minutes against Derry in the round 4 football Qualifier last weekend.

Meanwhile star forward Michael Murphy is fit to take his place in the Donegal team for the game in Croker.

There had been some concern over the full forward’s fitness after he was forced to sit out training on Tuesday night with a slight hamstring problem, but he has been included in Jim McGuinness’ starting XV which shows one enforced change from the side that overcame Derry in the Ulster final.

With Rory Kavanagh not fully recovered from the ankle injury which forced him off before half-time in the Ulster final, his place at midfield is taken by Martin McElhinney. Meanwhile, Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy is fit to take his place on the bench after an MRI scan on the knee injury he picked up in a recent club U21 championship game showed no serious damage.

Donegal (SF v Kildare): P Durcan; F McGlynn, N McGee, P McGrath; A Thompson, K Lacey, K Cassidy; M McElhinney, N Gallagher; M McHugh, M Hegarty, R Bradley; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.

Kildare (SFC v Donegal) – Shane Connolly, Andriu MacLochiann, Michael Foley, Hugh McGrillen, Brian Flanagan, Morgan O’Flaherty, Emmet Bolton, John Doyle, Daryl Flynn, Padraig O’Neill, Eoghan O’Flaherty, Eamonn Callaghan, Robert Kelly, Tomas O’Connor, James Kavanagh.

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