Hard fought win over Mullingar
Victory for North Kildare over Mullingar ends 2015 on a high.
North Kildare’s final game of 2015 saw them travel to Mullingar on Sunday last. A win was critical if North Kildare were to go into the Christmas break in a strong position and keep pressure on league leaders Malahide. If that incentive wasn’t enough, Kildare also travelled with revenge on their minds, seeking to reverse their only defeat of the season so far, and indeed of the calendar year, a 15-7 win for Mullingar back in October.
By half time, that reversal looked out of reach. After a difficult opening half, they found themselves 20 -6 behind, with Jack Bruton’s accuracy from the tee their only two scores of the half.
Half time however gave them an opportunity to regroup. Upon retaking the pitch a manic Luke Satchwell took the game by the scruff of the neck and lead by example as a rejuvenated Kildare team came into the ascendancy.
Paul McInerney’s break from the back of a maul, coming on the back of a third Burton penalty brought the score back to 20 -14 in the third quarter, setting up a tense end game. Moments later C.J. McCrossan’s quick thinking found space for Satchwell to score Kildare’s second try of the game, which Burton converted, to give them the most slender of leads. The score would prove to be decisive.
Mullingar weren’t prepared to go down without a fight, and if it wasn’t for Ciaran Cummins try saving heroics in the final minutes it could have been a different result.
Kildare can now look forward to the Christmas break sitting just two point behind the league leaders Malahide. The visit of the North Dubliners to the Maws in the New Year will be eagerly awaited.