Mayo lose to Kildare 1-16 to 2-18
Mayo were the stronger side in the first half playing Kildare at Ballina Stephenites today. Mayo were denied a goal from a great save by the Kildare keeper on the 20th minute. Kildare were reduced to 14 men on the 29th minute with Johnny Byrne being shown the line. Mayo with a strong wind at their backs, were ahead going into half time 1-11 to 0-05 with a superb goal from dual star Keith Higgins on the 34th minute.
Kildare were out of the blocks the quickest on the restart and proceeded to reduce the margin. Some quick points from Kildare and then 2 goals, the second on the 49th minute, saw Mayo in trouble. A penelty from Kenny Feeney for Mayo brought us back to within 1 of Kildare. Mayo only managed to score another 2 points but it was not enough to catch Kildare who were 5 ahead at that stage.
Full time score in Ballina Stephenites, Mayo 1-16 to Kildare 2-18. Mayo now go into a relegation playoff against Wicklow next weekend. Dates, times and venue is to be confirmed by Croke Park on Monday.
Mayo team v Kildare:
1 Donal O’Brien (Ballyhaunis); 2 Brian Hunt (Ballyhaunis); 3 Aiden Connolly (Westport); 4 Eoghan Collins (Ballyhaunis); 5 Ciaran Finn (Tooreen); 6 David Kenny (Tooreen); 7 Declan Gallagher (Westport); 8 Kieran McDermott (Ballyhaunis) 9 Padraig O’Flynn (Castlegar); 10 Fergal Boland (Tooreen); 11 Kenny Feeney (Tooreen); 12 Austin Lyons (Ballyhaunis); 13 Stephen Hoban (Ballyhaunis); 14 Sean Regan (Ballina Stephenites); 15 Darren McTigue (Castlebar Mitchels).
The Christy Ring Quarter Finals times & venues will be confirmed on Monday. Pairings are as follows;
Q-Final : Meath v Kildare
Q-Final : London v Down
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