Christy Ring Cup: Kildare advance to decider in impressive fashion

June 10, 2018

Kildare's Martin Fitzgerald reaches out for possession

Kildare will face London in this year's Christy Ring Cup final after they finished with eight points to spare over Derry in today's semi-final at Inniskeen.

Two second-half Jack Sheridan goals helped to lay the foundations for the Lilywhites' 3-18 to 2-13 success.

Martin Fitzgerald raised a green flag for the winners in the opening period and the sides went in at the break all square - Kildare 1-9, Derry 2-6.

Brendan Rogers and Se McGuigan goaled for Colm McGurk's side but Joe Quaid's Kildare upped the ante after the break and proceeded to outscore their opponents by 2-9 to 0-7.

Goalkeeper Paddy McKenna was in top form for the winners and made a number of vital saves to keep Derry at bay.

McKenna and his team-mates now have a trip to Croke Park to look forward to on June 23.

Kildare - Paddy McKenna; Cian Forde, John Doran, Paul Sullivan; Eanna O'Neill, Mark Moloney (0-1), Mark Grace (0-1); Niall O'Muineacháin (0-1), Barry Cormack (0-5, 5f); Brian Byrne (0-1), Paul Divilly (0-1), Kevin Whelan (0-1); Shane Ryan (0-2), Martin Fitzgerald (1-1), Jack Sheridan (2-0). Subs: James Burke (0-4, 2f) for Cormack (HT), Bernard Deay for Whelan (56), Mark Delaney for Sheridan (67), Chris Bonus for Divilly (71).

Derry - Ruairi Convery; Paul Cleary (0-1), Sean Cassidy, Liam Óg Hinphey; Oisin McCloskey, Chrissy McKaigue, Eamonn McGill; Mark McGuigan, Cian Waldron (0-1); Cormac O'Doherty (0-6, 5f), Mehaul McGrath, Gerard Bradley (0-2); Brendan Rogers (1-1), Sé McGuigan (1-2), Brian Cassidy. Subs: Alan Grant for McCloskey (41mins), Aodhan O'Donnell for Cassidy (44), Darragh Cartin for Cleary (56), Naoise Waldron for Cian Waldron (59).



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