Inspired half forward kicks Kildare to dreamland with one of the great minor displays 2 years ago

Inspired half forward kicks Kildare to dreamland with one of the great minor displays

Kildare 2-21 Dublin 1-19

What dreams are made of.


Celbridge youngster Aaron Browne delivered the performance of his life to secure the Electric Ireland Leinster minor Championship for Kildare, their first provincial crown since 2016.

The half forward was in devastating form for Colin Ward's side from the first minute of normal time to the last of extra-time with Dublin unable to cope with his speed, movement and skill.

He ended his afternoon with one goal and seven of the finest points from open play as his guile and invention sparked a remarkable comeback and then kept the Lilywhites ahead once they got their noses in front.

Páirc Tailteann in Navan witnessed an absolute thriller and they were treated to an exhibition by a forward who has potential to become whatever he wants in this game.

Kildare got off to the better start in this one, with the similarly impressive Eoghan Bagnall getting them off the mark early on. Dublin kept it tight with Fionn Murray and Luke Swan impressing for them but you always had the feeling that if these Kildare forwards cut loose, that they'd go to town altogether.


And that was exactly how it panned out. Though Dublin led by a point at half-time and extended this lead to five through a Luke Swan goal early in the second half, Kildare were undeterred.

They took over late on in the second half and probably should have killed the game before Fionn Murray levelled it with the last kick. A brilliantly taken score by the Dub.


But in extra-time, the true story of the game was told. That man Bagnall stood tall again, he kicked a few wondrous scores including a goal not long after the beginning of am breise. But it was all about that man Browne, his slickly finished second half goal putting this game beyond the Dubs reach and sending Kildare to dreamland.

Adam Conneely was another who impressed for the Lillies, while goalkeeper Cian Burke was also night on unbeatable.

Some day for them.


Elsehwere, Billy Drennan and David Blanchfield were in majestic form for the Kilkenny minor hurlers who defeated Clare 2-13 to 0-14 in their quarter final round-1 clash in Thurles.


Up north, Tyrone defeated Cavan in the Ulster under-20 semi-final in Clones. 0-13 0-9 was the final score there with Darragh Canavan in sublime form for the Red Hand.