Jimmy Hyland fires the Lilies to MFC glory
JIMMY HYLAND fired Kildare to a 2-15 to 1-9 victory over Longford in yesterday's Leinster MFC final at Croke Park.
The talented corner-forward struck seven points from play and converted one free in a tour de force
The first half was a tight affair but the Lilywhites still held a five-point lead at half-time and blitzed Longford early in the second half to set up a comfortable victory.
Conor Hartley's first half goal set Kildare on their way although they were only three points clear approaching the end of the first.
Hartley netted in the 11th minute with a brilliant strike and his goal stood between the sides after 30 minutes.
Kildare kicked two more points before the break to open up a 1-6 to 0-4 lead at the interval and they quickly added 1-3 after half time to end the game as a contest.
Longford were blown out of the water at the start of the second half. Hyland pointed within two minutes of the restart and Ciarán Kelly fired home a superb second goal two minutes later after a beautifully weighted pass from midfielder Rory Feely.
SCORERS - Kildare: J Hyland 0-8 (1f); C Kelly 1-2 (0-1f); C Hartley 1-1; B McLoughlin 0-2; A Murphy (45), E O'Donoghue 0-1 each. Longford: C Berry 1-2; J Matthews 0-2 (1f); R Hawkins, P Lynn, C Finnan, D Doherty, L Barry 0-1 each.
KILDARE: D Campbell; R Slattery, M Joyce, D Lawlor; S Doran, S Ryan, S Healy; D Courtney, R Feely; C Hartley, E O'Donoghue, B McLoughlin; C Kelly, M Kelly, J Hyland. Subs: S Lawlor for Doran (bc, 24), K O'Callaghan for M Kelly (49), G Burke for Slattery (51), E O'Neill for McLoughlin (53), A Murphy for C Kelly (55).
LONGFORD: M Hughes; M Cahill, R Sheahan, C Lee; C Brady, C Farrell, K Sorohan; C Berry, E Farrell; C McCabe, P Lynn, J Matthews; R Hawkins, P Hanley, D Doherty. Subs: L Barry for Lee (inj, 13), R Harkins for Brady (39), J Heaney for Hawkins (40), R Brady for Doherty (43), C Finnan for McCabe (51), N Devlin for Sorohan (56). REF: F Smyth (Offaly).