Kilcock man nets in last win on Kerry soil

Larry McCormack (back row, 1st from the right) with Kildare in 1956

A goal from Kilcock man Larry McCormack helped Kildare to a 1-7 to 0-7 win over Kerry on the one and only ocassion they defeated the men from the Kingdom in their own backyard back in 1954.

Cian O’Neill and his current crop of Lilys head South to face Kerry today knowing anything less than a victory would send them straight back down to Division 2 and as you can see history is not really on their side!

Despite Kildare beating today’s opponents more recently in St.Conleth’s Park and famously beating them in the 1998 All-Ireland semi final, 1954 still remains the one and only time they left The Kingdom with victory. Maybe St.Patrick’s Day can stir up something special. It will have to if Kildare are to have any chance of avoiding relegation. Ohh to have Larry McCormack back in the ranks!!

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Tobin Returns In Royal Victory

Blackhall Gaels Donnacha Tobin returned to action following an arm injury to help the Meath senior footballers to a crucial victory over Galway in Division 2 of the NFL at Pairc Tailtean today, March 5th.

Donnacha Tobin clears his lines during a fine performance v Galway.

Tobin lined out at corner back in the 1-13 to 0-15 win and along with the returning Pauric Harnan added a solidity and experience in defence that had been missing in recent weeks, especially in defeats to Down and Kildare.

The versatile defender had hinted at a return in the past few weeks but was instead allowed to line out for his club Blackhall in two league games to aid in his recovery and boost his match fitness.

At the other end of the field it was the Donal Lenihan show as the Dunboyne man hit 1-5 in a man of the match performance as the men in green and gold held on in a gripping finish to claim the all important two points.

Tobin was black carded late on after becoming involved in a heated exchange with Galway oppoonent. 

Meath manager Andy McEntee showed both relief and joy at the final whistle as portrayed in this Sportsfile photo below. 

Meath manager Andy McEntee shows his relief at the final whistle.

Meath supporters left Pairc Tailtean in buoyant mood, happy to secure a League victory but even more pleased in the manner of the performance and the returning fight in the jersey. 

Meath team and scorers v Galway
Meath senior football panel prior to their NFL clash with Galway.

Credit Ramsey Cardy of Sportsfile and Meath Gaa Facebook for the photos.

Author Robert Cox

March 5th 2017