Monaghan Halt Kildare’s Winning Run For First Super 8s Victory

Monaghan managed to see off the stern task of Kildare to pick up a victory in their first Super 8 game of the season at Croke Park.

Despite the Lilywhites’ late flurry almost seeing them grab a draw, Monaghan managed to see the game out with Rory Began’s long free in the 75th minute helping them over the line.

The game finished 0-15 to 1-10 to Monaghan who will be pleased to have put a halt to the momentum of Cian O’Neill’s side.

Kildare started off strong and grabbed their goal early, a sublime solo effort from Daniel Flynn, but Monaghan kept at them responding well with three points without reply.

Monaghan led by two heading into the break with both sides missing poor wides as Kildare drew level 10 minutes into the second period, through Neil Flynn.

The two teams contiued to trade scores throughout much of the second half but Kildare had racked up seven wides in 65 minutes as Conor McManus punished his opponents erratic shooting by putting Monaghan two points up in the 70th minute.

With five minutes of stoppage time Kildare looked to get back into the game and were aided by a late point from subsitute Eamonn Callaghan but sadly for the Lilywhites they could not grab the equaliser as Rory Began put the game to bed with a lovely long free in the 75th minute.

A frantic last few minutes but a fantastic result for Monaghan who’s game against Kerry in Clones next weekend will be a very intriguing affair.

Kildare’s winning run comes to an end and they will have to pick themselves up to welcome Galway to Newbridge next weekend.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

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