Kildare v Donegal

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Bord Gáis Energy National Football League
Division 2 Final
Kildare v Donegal

The countdown has begun for Leinster’s only representatives in this years Bord Gáis Energy National Football League, Kildare, are putting the final touch’s to their preparations and tactics in readiness for their clash with Donegal in the Bord Gáis Energy National Football league Division 2 Final in Parnell Park (Dublin) on Saturday afternoon, (8.5.2010) with John Niland of Sligo throwing in at 15.30.
Before the recent League game Kildare had 4 straight wins over Donegal , tomorrow after noon the Lilies wont lack for incentive. Having won out the Division in 2004 Kildare were again in the Final in 2006 but in front of live TV that final is not one the Lily Whites care to remember as neighbours Laois went on a goal scoring spree as the Kildare defence had a nightmare on the day.
Its now a much changed unit but the loss of Aishling Savage will be keenly felt, however the return to action of Aoife Herbert is timely, and while she featured at wing forward for the latter stages of the semi final she is likely to see action on Saturday alongside Niamh Quinn and Tricia Delahunt in the last line of defence. Niamh has filled the full back berth on occasions during the League and is looking the part while Tricia is now transferring the brilliance she showed for Castlemitchell in the Junior ‘A’ Club Championship win last year. There wont be many other changes from the team that lined out , in both the Semi Finals.
For Donegal, its their second appearance in a division 2 NFL final, back in 2008 they were pipped by Clare. The O’Donnell county will have experienced defenders Diane Toner and Maria Devenney, who won’t be easily beaten, while Karen Guthrie and Aoife McDonald will be competitive at midfield. Yvonne McMonagle is a vastly experiences and very accurate forward and the Donegal selectors will also has a number of players from the 2009 All Ireland Minor team at their disposal.
Kildare will have to be on top form to have any chance. Therese Martin, Maria Moolick and Donna Berry will have to be at their vigilant best in defence while Aisling Holton and Joanna Timmins can expect stiff opposition in the middle of the park. The extra spark that Brianne Leahy, Tracy Noone Deirdre and Aine Gately can bring to the attack might just push Kildare over the finish line.
(Thanks to Tom Ryan, Kildare)

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