herald

Sunday 11 December 2016

further turmoil for lilies

Athy pair leave panel ahead of Offaly clash

A WEEK that began in traumatic fashion for the Kildare senior footballers has turned even worse after David Hyland and Darroch Mulhall quit Jason Ryan's panel ahead of Saturday's make-or-break qualifier against Offaly.

One report has speculated that the Athy duo may be planning to spend the rest of the summer in the United States, but a club source told The Herald that this was still unconfirmed.

Whatever their plans, it still constitutes another unsettling setback for Ryan, a manager under pressure in the wake of Sunday's record-equalling 19-point defeat to Dublin in their Leinster semi-final.

Hyland came off the bench after just 11 minutes in Croke Park, replacing Ollie Lyons, and must surely have been in contention to start in Tullamore this weekend because of the latter's finger injury. Mulhall, though, hasn't seen a minute of action off the bench during Kildare's three Leinster outings.

Former Kildare defender Andriú Mac Lochlainn today expressed surprise at this latest player defection to hit the Lilywhites.

"My feelings are that this never happened under Kieran's era. No one stepped away," he said, harking back to his own Kildare career under former boss Kieran McGeeney.

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