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Kildare 1-12 vs 3-7 DCU
Full-Time DCU win an extraordinary match by 3-7 to 1-12. A controversial last minute Philip McMahon goal helps DCU to overcome a ten point lead and claim a dramatic victory.
70+3 min Full-time.
70+2 min Philip McMahon scores a dramatic goal for DCU. Dean Rock receives the ball and plays it across to McMahon, who finishes easily. Kildare appeal for a square ball but the referee doesn’t give it. Dramatic end to the O’Byrne Cup. Kildare were up by ten points at one stage.
70+1 min Free out to Kildare.
70 min Three minutes to be added on.
70 min Hennelly shoots wide.
69 min 45 for DCU. Hennelly is running up to take it.
68 min Philip McMahon goes for goal but his shot goes just wide. Great drama in Portlaoise.
67 min Alan Smith has a great opportunity for Kildare, but his shot at goal is blocked by Luke Bree.
66 min Kildare have 13 men in their own half as they look to hold on to their narrow lead.
65 min Missed opportunity for DCU, who have taken control of the match.
60 min Dean Rock scores his second goal of the match to make it a two point game. A long ball is claimed by Rock above Barker. The forward then blasts the ball to the back of the net for DCU.
56 min Paul Flynn scores another point for DCU.
55 min McFadden scores another point for DCU.
54 min A McDonnell effort drops short.
51 min Dean Rock scores a goal for DCU. A poor goal-kick from Eyres lands at Keogh, who passes to Rock. The forward was left with an easy finish.
50 min Eoghan O’Gara is taken off fifteen minutes after he came on.
48 min Eoghan O’Gara catches Foley late and is given a yellow card.
46 min Dessie Lawlor shoots wide.
45 min Big mistake from Philip McMahon. The defender takes a free but gives it straight to a Kildare player. The ball is passed to Eamonn Callaghan who scores the first goal of the match.
43 min Callaghan shoots wide off the upright for Kildare.
41 min Hugh McGrillen scores for Kildare moments after saving off the line.
40 min The ball comes off the post for DCU and lands at Dean Rock, who has a good goal opportunity. Hugh McGrillen clears off the line, however.
39 min Seamus Hanafin scores a nice point for Kildare.
38 min Dean Rock scores a free from an easy angle for DCU.
36 min The second half is back underway. Eoghan O’Gara has come off the bench for DCU and will play in midfield.
Half-Time A strange half sees Kildare take a commanding 0-10 to 0-4 lead into the interval. DCU opened the match with three points before Kildare scored nine points without reply to take control of the match.
35+1 min Half-time
35+1 min Seamus Hanafin scores a point from a 45 for Kildare.
35 min Rob Hennelly makes a good save to deny Kildare.
30 min Rob Hennelly scores a point from a 45 for DCU to reduce the arrears to five points.
29 min Good move from DCU leads to a goal chance for James McCarthy. Robert Eyres makes a good save in the Kildare goal.
29 min Dean Rock shoots wide for DCU. They badly need a score.
28 min Dessie Lawlor scores Kildare’s ninth point without reply. DCU could be feeling the strain of playing the Sigerson Cup match against DIT two days ago.
24 min Kildare have now scored eight points in a row. Dessie Lawlor, Ken Donnelly and McDonnell with the latest points for the Lilywhites.
20 min Kildare are on a roll and have added three more points. Caoimghin McDonnell scores two points either side of a Shane Bergin score.
17 min Alan Smith scores a free for Kildare.
15 min Eamonn Callaghan scores Kildare’s first point of the day.
11 min Kildare have been bystanders in opening stages, but DCU have only scored three points so far. Cathal Gregg and Dean Rock with the scores for DCU.
7 min Rock scores for DCU from a free to give DCU an early lead.
4 min DCU have made the livelier start. Rock has the first chance but his shot goes wide.
1 min The match is underway in Portlaoise.
0 min The start has been delayed by ten minutes due to DCU arriving late in Portlaoise.
Kildare: Robert Eyres, Shane Bergin, Hugh McGrillen, Darren Barker, Kevin Murnaghan, Mick Foley, Karl Ennis, Conor Fenney, Paddy Dunne, Caoimhghin McDonnell, Eamonn Callaghan, Thomas McCann, Alan Smith, Ken Donnelly and Des Lawlor.
Kildare and DCU face off in the final of the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup final in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise at 7.30pm on Friday.
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The match was due to be played on the 28th of January, but a waterlogged pitch led to the game being postponed.
Kildare are the reigning champions after beating Louth 3-09 to 2-09 last year and Kieran McGeeney’s men will be favourites to beat DCU on Friday evening.
DCU won the O’Byrne Cup and Sigerson Cup in 2010 and remain on course to win the same double this season, with the college also in the semi-final of the Sigerson Cup next weekend.
Kildare reached the final after a 1-11 to 0-8 victory over Dublin in the semi-final. Eoghan O’Flaherty was sent off in the first period, but a 47th minute Ronan Sweeney penalty helped Kildare to victory.
DCU shocked Meath in the other semi-final, beating the Royal County 2-8 to 0-6 in Navan. DCU also boast the tournament’s joint top scorer in Dean Rock (0-15), while Kildare’s top scorer is Ronan Sweeney (2-6).
Since the original match was called off, both sides have been in competitive action.
Kildare have endured a disappointing start to the season. The Lilywhites lost 2-11 to 0-12 in their league opener against Tyrone, while their 0-17 to 0-12 loss to Monaghan last weekend included two brawls and resulted in a fine for the county board.
DCU started their Sigerson Cup campaign well by beating Cork Institute of Technology 0-11 to 0-8. The Dublin college then easily dispatched Dublin Institute of Technology by 1-14 to 0-7 on Wednesday evening, with stand-in forward Antóin McFadden scoring 1-1.