Kildare Ease Past Louth

Played in glorious weather and in front of a small crowd both Teams kicked off the action in this opening round Leinster intermediate championship game for 2016. Kildare defending their  title won in 2015 while Louth coming up from the junior ranks tasting intermediate football for the first time.

KD Louth

Kildare soon kicked into their stride and built up a 6 point lead before the visitors recorded their 1st point through the boot of  Eimear Murray from a free. Kildare kept the scoreboard ticking over with points from Moolick and Earley and Louth managed their second point with a great solo effort from Murray. Kildare were denied several goal chances by keeper Una Pearson who kept her team in the game giving a great display of net minding for the visitors. When she fouled Roisin Byrne and gave away a penalty it looked certain kildare were to get the games opening goal. Byrne stepped up to take the spot kick and pearson making the right decision dived to her left to save and push the ball away from danger keeping her goal intact. Kildare tagged on two more points before the games second penalty came, awarded to Louth after Kildares net minder Hulgraine had fouled Kate Flood. Flood took the resulting spot kick and dispatched to the back of the homesides net despite the best efforts of Hulgraine to keep it out. Kildare finished the halfs scoring with a Byrne pointed free leaving the halftime score Kildare 0.12 Louth 1.02

Louth introduced fresh legs to the game at start of the second half and they were to score first with a pointed free from Flood. Any thoughts of a louth fight back were quashed as kildare took control of the half and for the next 15 minutes scored 2.09 without reply. The kildare goals coming from Aisling Holton and Maria Moolick. Louth to their credit kept battling and never let the heads drop despite the deficit. Flood getting a good point followed this up with a goal after receiving the ball from a quickly taking free. Roisin Byrne tagged on two more points for the home side and Louth captain Flood responded with her sides last score of the tie with a pointed free bringing her a personal tally of 2.03. Kildare rang the changes and introduced fresh legs and were rewarded with Ellen Dowling netting for the home sides 3rd  goal.  Moolick finished the game with a fine point from a tight angle and just on the final whistle leaving kildare win comfortably on a final score
Kildare 3.26 louth 2.05.

Kildare will be confident facing into their next round game on May 29th with an away trip to Offaly.

Louth are a young team with no less than 8 of last years All Ireland winning team no longer involved. The step up to the intermediate grade was always going to be a tough ask but  louth can and will learn from this experience and look forward to inviting Offaly up to the Wee county in a months time.

Kildare team
Mary Hulgraine, Tara Hallinan, Mikaela Nolan, Rachel Cribbin, Shauna Kendrick, Jane o Donoghue, Rachel Reidy, Erica Byrne 0.01,Aisling Holton 1.01, Roisin Byrne 0.07 (2f) Maria Moolik 1.05,Eadaoin Connoly,Mikaela McKenna 0.07, Noelle Earley 0.03, Emer Fogarty 0.02.

Subs used
Rachel Corrigan, Paula Keatley,Ellen Dowling 1.00, Niamh Mulhall and Briona Hoban.

Leinster LGFA Intermediate championship Round 1.
Kildare v Louth
Sarsfields Gaa club. 15/5/16
Referee Niall McCormack (laois)
HT Kildare 0.12 Louth 1.03
FT Kildare 3.26 Louth 2.05

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