Tuesday 20 March 2018

Returning Earley hits late point for Lilies

DERMOT EARLEY made his comeback for Kildare by hitting the final point in a 2-13 to 2-8 win over Derry in Newbridge.

Late substitute Earley had not featured for the Lilywhites since his cruciate knee ligament injury against Meath in August 2010, but his return was a welcome boost as Kieran McGeeney's men made it back-to-back victories in Division 2, showing plenty of grit to secure the points in the process.

The sides shared four second-half goals - Kildare's efforts from Johnny Doyle (penalty) and Alan Smith sandwiched Derry's brace from Seán Leo McGoldrick and substitute Caolan O'Boyle.

The Ulstermen were guilty of overusing the hand pass, and Kildare's greater accuracy in front of the posts gave them a slender lead at the break.

The home side's half-time advantage was whittled down to 1-12 to 2-8 with just 10 minutes left. But Kildare showed their mettle to turn defence into attack and seal the win.

Paul Conroy kicked an injury-time winner for Galway to secure their second win of the Division 2 campaign, 1-12 to 1-11 against Meath at Pearse Stadium.

Joe Sheridan scored a controversial goal for the Royals nine minutes from time that looked to have salvaged a draw, but Conroy's late score claimed the win for the Tribesmen.

In Healy Park on Saturday night, Tyrone got their fourth win out of four with an easy 2-11 to 0-8 win over Westmeath.

The Red Hands were never threatened by the Lakesiders, who are now facing a desperate struggle to avoid relegation after losing three of four so far.

Tyrone were in scintillating form in the first half and, had they managed to keep the tempo going after the break, their nine-point win could have been much greater.

The Leinster men finished the game with 14 players after a second booking for substitute Mark Gorman.

Monaghan claimed their second Division 2 win of the season with a 2-24 to 1-15 win over Louth in Clones.

After Louth's Declan Byrne was sent-off with 20 minutes left, the Farneymen dominated play and secured the victory.

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