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Afternoon all and welcome to today’s live coverage of Kildare’s clash with Galway in the Super 8s.

The Lilywhites made home advantage count during their qualifier wins over Mayo and Fermanagh, but now they welcome Connacht champions Galway to Newbridge. The Tribesmen will be brimming with confidence after taking Kerry down in Croke Park last Sunday. Victory today will virtually assure Kevin Walsh’s side of a place in the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Cian O’Neill’s Kildare are seeking their first championship victory over Galway since 1926. They’re highly reliant on Kevin Feely and Daniel Flynn, although Feely has been struggling with calf injury of late.

Galway are without Paul Conroy, who suffered a sickening double-leg break last weekend, but Shane Walsh is one of the in-form forwards in the country at present.

Throw-in at St Conleth’s Park is at 2pm.

Here’s how the sides are named to start:


1. Mark Donnellan (Maynooth)

2. Peter Kelly (Two Mile House)
3. David Hyland (Athy)
4. Mick O’Grady (Celbridge)

5. Johnny Byrne (Allenwood)
6. Eoin Doyle (Naas – captain)
7. Kevin Flynn (Celbridge)

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

10. Fergal Conway (Celbridge)
11. Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge)
12. Keith Cribbin (Johnstownbridge)

13. Neil Flynn (Maynooth)
14. Daniel Flynn (Johnstownbridge)
15. Paddy Brophy (Celbridge)

Daniel Flynn Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO


1. Ruairí Lavelle (Salthill/Knocknacarra)

2. Declan Kyne (Clonbur)
3. Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh (Naomh Ánna, Leitir Mór)
4. Eoghan Kerin (Annaghdown)

5. Cathal Sweeney (Killanin)
6. Gareth Bradshaw (Moycullen)
7. Johnny Heaney (Killanin)

8. Peter Cooke (Moycullen)
9. Thomas Flynn (Athenry)

10. Michael Daly (Mountbellew/Moylough)
11. Shane Walsh (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)
12. Seán Kelly (Moycullen)

13. Ian Burke (Corofin)
14. Damien Comer (Annaghdown)
15. Eamonn Brannigan (St Michael’s)

Damien Comer arrives Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

Who do you fancy to take the spoils here? Let us know your predictions in the comments section below.

Both teams will start as selected.

We’re underway!

Kildare 0-0 Galway 0-1

1 min – Michael Daly gives Galway the lead with a great score from distance.


Kildare 0-0 Galway 0-2

Neil Flynn sends a 45 wide and at the far end Peter Cooke doubles the Galway lead.


Kildare 0-1 Galway 0-2

Kildare have isolated Kevin Feely at the edge of the square and Daniel Flynn picks him out with a long ball which bounces dangerously over the bar. Ruairi Lavelle completely misjudged it and was fortunate not to see the ball bounce into the net.


Kildare 0-1 Galway 0-3

Shane Walsh sends his first free of the afternoon wide. Moments later Burke sends through Daly for his second score.


Kildare 0-2 Galway 0-3

Neil Flynn swings over a free after Paul Cribbin was fouled.


Kildare 0-3 Galway 0-3

Kevin Flynn bursts forwards and pops over a fine score. Meanwhile, Michael Daly has been replaced by Patrick Sweeney on the Galway team.. He scored two points from play early on but looks to be struggling with a hamstring injury.


Kildare 0-3 Galway 0-4

Sean Kelly is fouled and Walsh converts the close-range free.


Kildare 0-3 Galway 0-5

A great Galway move is started by Gareth Bradshaw in his own full-back line. They worked the ball all the way up to Damien Comer who puts over a fine score under pressure.


Kildare 0-4 Galway 0-5

Galway go close to a goal and Kildare counter upfield with Fergal Conway splitting the posts.


Kildare 0-5 Galway 0-5

A Kildare free is moved forward and Neil Flynn brings the sides level for a second time.


Kildare 0-6 Galway 0-5

Paul Cribbin curls over a stunning score from the right hand side of the field. The hosts lead for the first time in this game.


Kildare 0-6 Galway 0-6

Great score from Johnny Heaney off his left foot.


Kildare 0-7 Galway 0-6

Immediately Kildare attack and move back one in front through Neil Flynn.


Kildare 0-8 Galway 0-7

Damien Comer drives down the endline and handpasses an important point for Galway. At the far end Eoghan Kerin makes a fine block on Kevin Feely.


Kildare 0-8 Galway 0-8

Cathal Sweeney levels the game. Cracking contest so far in Newbridge.

Kildare 0-7 Galway 0-6


Kildare 0-9 Galway 0-8

Daniel Flynn makes a quality pick up and curls over a beautiful effort off his left.


Kildare 0-10 Galway 0-8

Conway buries over a long-range effort.


Kildare 0-10 Galway 0-9

Comer is fouled and Walsh scores the free.


Kildare 0-10 Galway 0-10

Shane Walsh is sent through by Burke and he brings the Tribesmen level for a fifth time.


SAVE! Mark Donnellan pulls off a great stop on Patrick Sweeney. Seconds earlier Johnny Byrne saw his shot on goal saved by Lavelle. End-to-end stuff in Newbridge.


Kildare 0-10 Galway 0-11

Tom Flynn sends Galway ahead.


HT – Kildare 0-10 Galway 0-11

It’s all to play for after a very entertaining opening 35 minutes.


The second-half is underway. No changes for either side.


Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh and Kevin Feely Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

Ruairí Lavelle and Declan Kyne with Kevin Feely Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

Kevin Flynn and Damien Comer Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO


Kildare 0-10 Galway 0-12

The first score of the second-half arrives from a Shane Walsh free.


Kildare 0-11 Galway 0-12

Huge score from Kildare’s Paddy Brophy, who had been quiet up to now.


SAVE! Donnellan denies Walsh a goal with a fine stop!


Kildare 0-11 Galway 0-13

Peach of a score from Gareth Bradshaw to stretch Galway’s lead to two.

Flag 45Mins

RED CARD! Kildare’s Daniel Flynn has been sent-off for an off-the-ball incident.


Kildare 0-11 Galway 0-14

Patrick Sweeney was booked for his involvement in that incident that saw Flynn dismissed. Galway attack and Comer finds Brannigan for a score. Kildare have it all to do now.


Kildare 0-12 Galway 0-14

Paul Cribbin has been excellent today and he reduces the gap to two.


Kildare 0-12 Galway 0-14

Damien Comer’s goal is ruled out for steps despite the fact it looked like he was fouled in the build-up. Niall Kelly replaces Tommy Moolick on the Kildare tema.


Sean Armstrong has come in for Patrick Sweeney on the Galway team.


Kildare sub: Chris Healy replaces Keith Cribbin.


Here’s another look at the incident which saw Daniel Flynn sent-off:


Kildare 0-12 Galway 0-15

Great point by Ian Burke, which is surprisingly his first of the game.


Kildare 0-12 Galway 0-15

Neil Flynn misses the resultant free. Adrian Varley has replaced Brannigan.


Kildare 0-12 Galway 0-16

Gary O’Donnell lands a nice score after an Ian Burke assist. Kildare have now gone 10 minutes without scoring.


Kildare 0-13 Galway 0-16

Brophy scores a nice point to leave a goal between them.


Kildare 0-14 Galway 0-16

Neil Flynn wins his own free and pops it over the bar. David Slattery comes in for Paul Cribbin, who worked extremely hard today.


Kildare 0-15 Galway 0-16

Neil Flynn finishes off a very patient Kildare move from a tight angle. We’re set-up now for a grandstand finish.


Kildare 0-15 Galway 0-16

Kildare’s 16th turnover of the game sees them work the ball up to Feely, whose shot is blocked by Kerin. Galway break away and the old reliable warrior Armstong doubles their lead.


Eamon Callaghan is on for Brophy.


CHANCE! Comer butchers a Galway goal chance with a man either side of him.


Kildare 0-16 Galway 0-17

Chris Healy pulls one back for Kildare. We’re down to a one-point game with 90 seconds of normal time left.


Meanwhile Comer goes down after colliding with Mick O’Grady off the ball.


O’Grady is booked by the referee.


Kildare 0-16 Galway 0-17

Galway are playing keep-ball now.


Kildare 0-16 Galway 0-18

A brilliant Galway move sees Kelly knock it over the bar. They’re two ahead now.


Kildare 0-16 Galway 0-19

Walsh feeds Comer for his third of the day. Good composure by Galway.


FT – Kildare 0-16 Galway 0-19

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