Ring Cup: Lilies bloom in second-half

May 16, 2015

Brian Lawlor as Kildare hurling manager.

Kildare 2-18
Mayo 1-16

Holders Kildare came from behind to advance to the quarter-final stages of the Christy Ring Cup at Mayo's expense in Ballina today.

Despite losing Johnny Byrne to a red card in the first-half, the Lilywhites overturned a nine-point half-time deficit (0-5 to 1-11) to get their title defence back on track following the disappointment of last weekend's replay defeat to London

A goal from Mayo dual star Keith Higgins put Brian Lawlor's charges on the back foot in the opening period but they subsequently outscored their hosts by 2-13 to 0-5 after the resumption.

Willie Greene initiated the comeback when finding the back of the Mayo net in the 41st minute and the Connacht outfit must now turn their attention to a relegation play-off.

Kildare - P Dermody; M Delaney (0-7, 5f), F O'Muineachain, J Doran; D Stapleton, N O'Muineachain, E O'Neill; M Fitzgerald (0-2), M Moloney; W Greene (2-3), J Byrne, L Quinn; D Flaherty (0-1), B Deay (0-2), E Dempsey. Subs: G Keegan (0-3) for L Quinn, K Whelan for F O'Muineachain.

Mayo - D O'Brien; B Hunt, A Connolly, E Collins; D Kenny, K Higgins (1-0), N Casey; K McDermott (0-1), P O'Flynn; F Boland (0-7), K Feeney (0-7, 3f, 1'65), A Lyons; S Hoban (0-1), L Cribbin, D McTigue. Subs: S Boland for L Cribbin, D Gallagher for A Lyons.

Referee - E Hasson.

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