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Armagh 1-17 Kildare 0-17

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Evening all and welcome to Croke Park for tonight’s second showdown as Armagh and Kildare face off for the first time in senior football championship action. Throw-in is 7pm and there’s an All-Ireland quarter-final spot up for grabs.

Here’s the starting teams selected, we’ll let you know of any late changes.

Kildare

1. Mark Donnellan (Maynooth)

2. Mark O’Grady (Celbridge)
3. David Hyland (Athy)
4. Ollie Lyons (Celbridge)

5. Peter Kelly (Two Mile House)
6. Johnny Byrne (Allenwood)
7. Keith Cribbin (Johnstownbridge)

 

8. Kevin Feely (Athy)
9. Tommy Moolick (Leixlip)

10. Fergal Conway (Celbridge)
11. Niall Kelly (Athy)
12. David Slattery (Confey)

13. Paddy Brophy (Celbridge)
14. Daniel Flynn (Johnstownbridge)
15. Cathal McNally (Johnstownbridge)

Armagh

1. Blaine Hughes (Carrickcruppen)

2. James Morgan (Crossmaglen)
3. Charlie Vernon (Armagh Harps)
4. Paul Hughes (Crossmaglen)

5. Mark Shields ((Whitecross))
6. Brendan Donaghy (Clonmore Robert Emmets)
7. Aidan Forker (Maghery Sean MacDermotts)

8. Stephen Sheridan (Forkhill)
9. Niall Grimley (Madden Raparees)

10. Ethan Rafferty (St Colmcilles Grange)
11. Anthony Duffy (Pearse Og)
12. Rory Grugan (Ballymacnab)

13. Jamie Clarke (Crossmaglen)
14. Andrew Murnin (St Paul’s Lurgan)
15. Gavin McParland (Ballymacnab)

Two late Kildare changes. Paul Cribbin and Ben McCormack in for Tommy Moolick and Cathal McNally.

Armagh bring in Aaron McKay and Stefan Campbell for Ethan Rafferty and Anthony Duffy.

Game on.

3Mins

Kildare 0-1 Armagh 0-1
Couple of cracking early points. Keith Cribbin for Kildare and Andrew Murnin for Armagh.

5Mins

Armagh 0-2 Kildare 0-1
Gavin McParland taps over a neat point, the ball dropping over via the upright.

8Mins

Kildare 0-2 Armagh 0-2
First chance of the night from a free for Kevin Feely and he obliges after Fergal Conway was fouled.

9Mins

Armagh 0-3 Kildare 0-2
Jamie Clarke nudges Armagh back into the lead and then Stefan Campbell misses a good chance to increase their advantage.

10Mins

Armagh 0-4 Kildare 0-2
Captain Rory Grugan slams over his first point of the game for Armagh.

11Mins

Armagh 0-4 Kildare 0-3
Conway is fouled again and this time it’s goalkeeper Mark Donnellan who ventures upfield to knock over the free.

11Mins

The Armagh team Armagh saw off Tipperary last time out.

The Kildare team Kildare aiming tonight to bounce back from their loss to Dublin. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

14Mins

Armagh 0-5 Kildare 0-3
Armagh stretch their lead with a confidently taken free by Niall Grimley. He was outstanding last time out against Tipperary.

14Mins

The referee tonight by the way is Tipperary’s Derek O’Mahoney.

15Mins

Donnellan off target on this occasion for Kildare from a ’45.

17Mins

Yellow card for Kildare goalkeeper Donnellan after off the ball incident involving Andrew Murnin.

18Mins

Armagh 0-6 Kildare 0-3
Armagh are gaining a firm grip on this game with Aidan Forker surging upfield to arrow over a fine point.

20Mins

Armagh 0-6 Kildare 0-4
Nice move by Kildare and a fine kick by Niall Kelly to split the posts.

24Mins

Armagh 0-6 Kildare 0-5
Paul Cribbin is fouled by Forker and his midfield colleague Feely steps up to slot over the free.

25Mins

Ben McCormack very unlucky not to notch his first point of the evening for Kildare as the ball cannons back down off the upright.

27Mins

Aaron McKay with Feral Conway Armagh's Aaron McKay with Kildare's Fergal Conway. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

28Mins

Kildare 0-6 Armagh 0-6
Super point for Kildare from distance by Paddy Brophy. All came from a great turnover around the middle by Kevin Feely.

30Mins

Armagh 0-7 Kildare 0-7
Four in a row for Kildare as Ben McCormack shoots over before Campbell brings Armagh level at the other end. Then Kildare are unlucky to see another point effort hit the post courtesy of Niall Kelly.

31Mins

Armagh 1-7 Kildare 0-7
What a boost for Armagh! Captain Rory Grugan created the goal, jinking in from the left wing and offloading to Murnin. His shot was partially blocked by Mick O’Grady but the ball spun away from Donnellan in goal, allowing Murnin to race in and boot the ball over the line.

33Mins

Armagh 1-8 Kildare 0-7
Fine point by Gavin McParland and Armagh go four clear.

35Mins

Yellow card for Kildare’s Daniel Flynn.

35Mins

The half ended with a point for Kildare from Niall Kelly, Armagh in front by three at the break with that Murnin goal separating the teams.

35Mins

Momentum is with Armagh entering the second half as they hold a three-point advantage.

37Mins

Armagh 1-9 Kildare 0-8
First blood after the break to Armagh as Jamie Clarke points following great play by Andrew Murnin to release him.

38Mins

Armagh 1-9 Kildare 0-9
Kildare respond through a Feely pointed free after Daniel Flynn was fouled.

38Mins

Sub: Armagh bring on Joe McElroy for Aaron McKay.

38Mins

Armagh 1-10 Kildare 0-9
Instant impact by McElroy as he taps over a point to put Armagh four clear again.

40Mins

Armagh 1-10 Kildare 0-10
Another point from a free by Feely for Kildare, this time after Niall Kelly was flattened.

41Mins

Armagh 1-10 Kildare 0-11
The gap is back to two after Brophy notches a score from play on the right wing for Kildare.

42Mins

Armagh 1-10 Kildare 0-12
Now it’s a one-point game! Neat score for Kildare by Keith Cribbin.

45Mins

Subs: Kildare replace Ben McCormack with Cathal McNally, Armagh bring in Ciaran O’Hanlon for Aidan Forker.

46Mins

Armagh 1-10 Kildare 0-13
Kildare right back in this now as they draw level. Excellent score under pressure from Daniel Flynn with his left.

48Mins

Armagh 1-11 Kildare 0-14
Super trickery by Jamie Clarke and he kicks over a good score to put Armagh back in front but then Fergal Conway scythes through to bring Kildare level.

48Mins

Subs: Two Armagh changes. Stefan Campbell and the injured Andrew Murnin go off, on come Ethan Rafferty and Oisin O’Neill.

48Mins

Kevin Feely with Stephen Sheridan Kildare's Kevin Feely and Armagh's Stephen Sheridan. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

50Mins

Sub: Fionn Dowling is on for Kildare for David Slattery.

53Mins

Kildare 0-15 Armagh 1-11
Kildare hit the front through Conway and it was excellent play by the Celbridge man to intercept an Armagh kickpass and hold his nerve to land the point into Hill 16.

54Mins

Armagh 1-12 Kildare 0-15
All square again thanks to Armagh’s Gavin McParland.

54Mins

Yellow card for Kildare’s Ollie Lyons.

56Mins

Kildare 0-16 Armagh 1-12
Brophy splits the posts and Kildare go back in front.

57Mins

Sub: Mark Hyland on for Kildare for Peter Kelly.

58Mins

Armagh 1-13 Kildare 0-16
Wonderful kicking by Jamie Clarke as he brings Armagh level again.

58Mins

Black card for Kildare’s Keith Cribbin.

59Mins

Armagh 1-14 Kildare 0-16
Rory Grugan taps over the resultant free as Armagh go in front again. We’re set for a great finale here.

59Mins

Sub: Cian O’Donoghue on for Kildare for Cribbin.

61Mins

Armagh 1-15 Kildare 0-16
Brendan Donaghy moves forward to kick a crucial point for Armagh as they go two clear.

61Mins

That’s three on the bounce now for Armagh.

62Mins

Armagh 1-15 Kildare 0-17
Feely cuts the deficit with a pointed free for Kildare after Flynn was fouled.

63Mins

Subs: Armagh bring in Anthony Duffy for Rory Grugan, Kildare replace Niall Kelly with Eamonn Callaghan.

65Mins

Feely with the chance to level but misses a free off his left.

66Mins

Armagh 1-16 Kildare 0-17
And Ethan Rafferty who conceded that free for Armagh booms over a massive point to nudge them two clear.

66Mins

Cathal McNally with a shot on the turn for Kildare but he underhits it and the ball falls into the arms of goalkeeper Blaine Hughes.

67Mins

Subs: Tommy Moolick in for Kildare for Daniel Flynn.

67Mins

Moolick goes midfield and Feely goes to full-forward for Kildare.

68Mins

Armagh 1-17 Kildare 0-17
That could be the insurance score. Armagh go three clear as Grimley points a free after Clarke was fouled.

70Mins

We’re into injury time and Armagh still in control here.

70Mins

All-Ireland football quarter-final draw tomorrow afternoon. Dublin and Tyrone in one bowl, Monaghan and Armagh in the other bowl.

70Mins

That’s all from us this evening, thanks for joining in.

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