Hurling Round-up Armagh picked off as Kildare finish strongly
Kildare effectively consigned Armagh to the relegation mire in Division 3A of the Allianz Hurling League when they finished strongly to record an impressive 1-16 to 0-12 victory at the Athletic Grounds yesterday.
Kildare had an early boost when Martin Fitzgerald saw his 50-metre free in the eighth minute completely deceive Armagh goalkeeper Simon Doherty and end up in the net.
But Fitzgerald blotted his copybook by subsequently missing four frees, while Armagh responded by swooping for five points through Paul Breen (3) and Ryan Gaffney (2).
Fitzgerald’s luck ran out completely when a shoulder injury forced his withdrawal in the 33rd minute, Gavin Sunderland coming in as his replacement.
Breen’s five-point haul from frees underpinned Armagh’s first-half effort, but Kildare deserved their 1-6 to 0-7 interval lead.
Kildare showed even greater penetration in the second half, with Sunderland whipping over four points from frees, while Mark Moloney, David Harney and Kevin Walzer complemented his impressive contribution with a blitz of points that left Armagh floundering.\[Thomas Hawkins\]Kildare scorers: G Sunderland 0-4 (all frees), M Fitzgerald 1-1 (1-0f), D Harney, M Maloney 0-3 each, K Walzer, F Monaghan 0-2 each, T Murphy 0-1 Armagh scorers: P Breen 0-6 (all frees), R Gaffney 0-2, M Lennon, R McGrattan, J Corvan, C Carvill 0-1 each.
In contrast to Armagh’s misfortunes, Derry kept themselves well in the frame for promotion by overcoming Meath by |0-15 to 0-14, even though they had to play for part of the game with 14 men following the dismissal of Cormac McKenna after a second yellow card.
In Division 3B, Donegal proved too strong for Monaghan on a 3-12 to 1-14 scoreline, while in Division Four Tyrone hammered Cavan by 4-23 to 1-6 and South Down somewhat surprisingly outgunned Fermanagh by 4-13 to 2-11.