Kildare SHC final: Ardclough bridge 11 year gap

October 01, 2017

St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge

Ardclough are celebrating a first Kildare SHC success since 2006 thanks to a 1-15 to 1-12 final win over Naas today.

The winners overcame the second minute set-back of conceding a goal to Richie Ryan to prevail by three points.

Ryan's green flag left Ardclough trailing by 0-8 to 1-8 at the change of ends but that was cancelled out by a Paul Fitzgerald goal in the 39th minute.

Moments later the same player gave his side the lead for the first time and the underdogs held on for a memorable victory.

Both teams finished with 14 men as Johnny Reeves (Ardclough) and Kieran Maher (Naas) both saw red following an off-the-ball incident.

Meanwhile, the Fitzgerald brothers, Martin and Paul, shared the scoring honours for Ardclough with 0-7 and 1-4 respectively while Ryan amassed 1-8 for Naas who finished on the wrong side of the result on county final day for the second year running.

Ardclough - A Buggle; E Walsh, D Collins, R Spain; P Aylward, R Hoban, R Maguire; P Ryan, J Reeves; T Spain (0-1), M Fitzgerald (0-7, 5f), C Buggy (0-3); N Delahunt, L Hanley, P Fitzgerald (1-4). Subs: M Stapleton for P Aylward, S Buggy for M Stapleton, S Crowe for C Buggy.

Naas - C Gallagher; D McSweeney, R Bergin (0-1), P Sullivan; D McDonncha, S Walsh, S Gainey; E O'Hehir (0-1), M Nevin; S Ryan, M Purcell (0-1), S Lacey; K Maher, J Sheridan (0-1sl), R Ryan (1-8, 0-7f). Subs: B Byrne for D McSweeney, J O'Malley for R Bergin, K Aherne for M Nevin, C Tobin for S Ryan, K Byrne for E O'Hehir.

Referee - D Peppard.

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