Lilies through to League semi final

Kildare's Mick Foley tries to clear the ball from Peter Harte and Patrick McNiece of Tyrone in the AFL Div. 1  game at St Conleth's Park, Newbridge. Picture: Adrian Melia
IT may not have been Kildare’s greatest day on the field of play when going under to Tyrone by six points in Sunday’s AFL Division 1 clash at St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge but other results on the day ensured that Kieran McGeeney’s side are through to the Allianz League semi final regardless of how their Round 7 game goes on Sunday week when they travel to take on relegation threatened Down, writes TOMMY CALLAGHAN

IT may not have been Kildare’s greatest day on the field of play when going under to Tyrone by six points in Sunday’s AFL Division 1 clash at St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge but other results on the day ensured that Kieran McGeeney’s side are through to the Allianz League semi final regardless of how their Round 7 game goes on Sunday week when they travel to take on relegation threatened Down, writes TOMMY CALLAGHAN

The Lilies are assured of finishing in third spot in this very competitive Division 1 league and that in itself is a very satisfactory result considering it is Kildare’s first time back in the top division for four seasons.

Their opponents in the semi final depends on how Dublin and Tyrone fare out in their final games. They are level on points as it stands and if both win their final game (Donegal v Dublin) and Tyrone v Kerry) they will be on twelve points each but as Tyrone defeated Dublin in their head-to-head they will automatically go top of the table which will ensure Kildare will play Dublin in the semi final which in all probability will be another trip back to Croke Park for an AFL double header semi final on Sunday 14 April.