Kildare Vs Tyrone – 2013 GAA Allianz Football League, Division 1

After a successful win over Dublin last weekend, Tyrone travelled to Lenister again on Sunday to take on Kiernan Mc Geeney’s Kildare side in Newbridge. It was a bitterly cold but dry day and approx 5000 people attended the game in the Lilywhites home ground of St Conleth’s Park.

Tyrone started strongly in the first half with an early goal from Mark Donnelly and points from Stephen O’Neill and goalkeeper Niall Morgan. Kildare let themselves down with some poor passing in the opening half whilst Tyrone took advantage and moved forward from the back line as a group and had reached the attacking end of the field seconds later, something that hadn’t been happening as well in the last year or two but thankfully seems to be returning. This defensive/offensive system allowed Tyrone to enjoy a 1-08 to 0-03 lead at HT.

Kildare played with the strong breeze in the second half and began strongly shooting from different angles but a lot of these frustratingly went wide for Mc Geeney’s side. Much to the audible moan of the Kildare strong crowd, shot after shot went wide of the target also to the annoyance of the players. On the other end, thankfully Tyrone didn’t have the same misfortune and added their lead after scores from Peter Harte, Morgan, Paddy McNiece and Connor McAliskey. In the final period of the game, Kildare started to find the target with scores from Paul Cribbin, Sean Hurley and Eoghan O’Flaherty and did try to sneak a goal or two but by this stage it was too late and Tyrone held on for a 6 point win.

Full time score; Kildare 0-10 Tyrone 1-13.

As it happens, both Tyrone and Kildare are now into the Division 1 semi finals. Before then Tyrone face Kerry in Omagh in 2 weeks which will be no easy tie as Kerry have to win it to avoid any relegation battle.

A general view of St Conleth's Park, Newbridge.

A general view of St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge.

 

Stephen O'Neill leads the Tyrone team onto the field with a group of Kildare supporters cheering them on.

Stephen O’Neill leads the Tyrone team onto the field with a group of Kildare supporters cheering them on.

 

Tyrone GAA senior team 2013 vs Kildare

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Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney walks on the field.

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney walks on the field.

Connor McAliskey and Sean Cavanagh warm up before the game.

Connor McAliskey and Sean Cavanagh warm up before the game.

 

Mickey Murphy takes part in a warm up drill with Tiarnan McCann and Sean Cavanagh.

Mickey Murphy takes part in a warm up drill with Tiarnan McCann and Sean Cavanagh.

 

Ronan McNamee gets in front of his man.

Ronan McNamee gets in front of his man.

 

Ronan Sweeney is challenged by Cathal McCarron.

Ronan Sweeney is challenged by Cathal McCarron.

 

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Ronan Sweeney fights off the challenge from Aidan McCrory.

Ronan Sweeney fights off the challenge from Aidan McCrory.

 

Joe McMahon catches up with Kildare's Eamonn Callaghan.

Joe McMahon catches up with Kildare’s Eamonn Callaghan.

 

Kildare's Eamonn Callaghan regains his balance.

Kildare’s Eamonn Callaghan regains his balance.

 

Kildare danger man Seanie Johnston was kept quiet on Sunday.

Kildare danger man Seanie Johnston was kept quiet on Sunday.

 

Joe McMahon drives forward for Tyrone.

Joe McMahon drives forward for Tyrone.

 

Seanie Johnston releases the ball to a team mate.

Seanie Johnston releases the ball to a team mate.

 

Stephen O'Neill is put under pressure by the Kildare defence.

Stephen O’Neill is put under pressure by the Kildare defence.

 

Plunkett Kane pulls off a shot for Tyrone.

Plunkett Kane pulls off a shot for Tyrone.

 

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Sean Cavanagh wins the ball over his Kildare opponent.

Sean Cavanagh wins the ball over his Kildare opponent.

 

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Connor McAliskey gets the ball in the forward line.

Connor McAliskey gets the ball in the forward line.

 

Paddy McNiece and James Eaton eye the ball.

Paddy McNiece and James Eaton eye the ball.

 

Niall Morgan scored 3 points in Sunday's game.

Niall Morgan scored 3 points in Sunday’s game.

 

Ryan McKenna delivers the ball along the sideline.

Ryan McKenna delivers the ball along the sideline.

 

Kildare's Michael Foley closes in on Peter Harte.

Kildare’s Michael Foley closes in on Peter Harte.

 

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Connor McAliskey pops a shot for Tyrone.

Connor McAliskey pops a shot for Tyrone.

 

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney can only look on as his side hit wide after wide.

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney can only look on as his side hit wide after wide.

 

Aidan Cassidy hits the final Tyrone point of the day.

Aidan Cassidy hits the final Tyrone point of the day.

 

Mickey Harte looks ahead to the final group game against Kerry in 2 weeks time.

Mickey Harte looks ahead to the final group game against Kerry in 2 weeks time.

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