Danial Flynn, man of the match
Kerry eased their relegation worries while the result confirms Kildare’s return to Division 2 of the Allianz Football League with this five point defeat in Austin Stack Park, Tralee, this evening (Saturday March 17) on a final score line of Kerry 0-19 Kildare 0-14.
Another disappointing loss for Kildare but at half time it looked like it was going to be a mauling when trailing 0-11 to 0-5, having gone for 20 minutes without raising a flag.
At that stage Kevin Feely was gone off with an ankle injury and Kerry were dominant throughout.
On the resumption Kildare raised their game, showed a lot more urgency and while they never really looked like getting to the home side they certainly showed vast improvement.
In Daniel Flynn The Lilies had a real genuine man of the match. The Johnstownbridge man gave his marker a torrid time, scoring six points from play and caused a lot of problems in the Kerry back line throughout the game.
Kildare manager, Cian O’Neill, said after the game that while disappointed with the result he was encouraged by the second half display when “we were very competitive throughout but simply not good enough on the day.”
Scorers: Kerry, David Clifford 0-6 (4 frees), Paul Geaney 0-3 (2 frees), Kevin McCarthy 0-2, Barry John Keane 0-2, Dáithí Casey 0-2, Paul Murphy 0-1, Mícheál Burns 0-1, Shane Murphy 0-1 (free), David Moran 0-1.
Kildare, Daniel Flynn 0-6, Kevin Feely 0-1, Tommy Moolick 0-1, Niall Kelly 0-1, Fionn Dowling 0-1, Paddy Brophy 0-1, Peter Kelly 0-1, Mick O'Grady 0-1, Ben McCormack 0-1.
KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Peter Kelly, David Hyland , Mick O’ Grady; Johnny Byrne, Eoin Doyle (C), Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely, Tommy Moolick; Fergal Conway, Keith Cribbin, Paddy Brophy, Ben McCormack, Daniel Flynn, Niall Kelly Athy. Subs: Paul Cribbin for Kevin Feely (28 minutes); David Slattery for Keith Cribbin (black card 48 minutes); Fionn Dowling for Tommy Moolick (52 minutes); Mark Sherry for Paddy Brophy (black 57 minutes); Cathal McNally for Ben McCormack (58 minutes); Jimmy Hyland for Fergal Conway (61 minutes).
KERRY: Shane Murphy; Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Jason Foley, Ronan Shanahan; Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Fionn Fitzgerald cpt.; Jack Barry, Barry O'Sullivan; Mícheál Burns, Dáithí Casey, Kevin McCarthy; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, Barry John Keane. Subs: David Moran for Barry O'Sullivan (46 minutes); Matthew Flaherty for Mícheál Burns (52 minutes); Adrian Spillane for Kevin McCarthy (57 minutes); Mark Griffin for Paul Geaney (60 minutes); Johnny Buckley for Barry John Keane (64 minutes); Tom O'Sullivan for Fionn Fitzgerald (68 minutes).
REFEREE: David Coldrick, Meath.