By Richard Commins

Kildare made light of the Louth challenge on the way to a comprehensive sixteen-point win in Sunday afternoon’s Leinster Senior Football Championship Quarter Final in O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

After a winter of Division 1 football, Kildare’s conditioning, tackling, and finishing was clearly superior to the Division 3 champions, who now go into the Qualifiers.

The Lilywhites scorched into a seven-point lead before Louth had even troubled the scoreboard, Mickey Harte’s men failing to do so until the 18th minute. By half-time Kildare were eight points clear (0-13 to 0-5) with Ben McCormack, Daniel Flynn and Jimmy Hyland leading the Louth defence a merry dance and each of the Kildare forwards getting on the scoreboard from play.

Match Report:

Full analysis and reaction in this week’s Kildare Nationalist, out Tuesday.

KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Mick O’Grady, Shea Ryan, Ryan Houlihan; Tony Archbold, James Murray, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely 1-0 (pen), Kevin O’Callaghan; Alex Beirne 0-1, Ben McCormack 0-4, Paul Cribbin 0-3; Brian McLoughlin 0-1, Daniel Flynn 0-3 (1m), Jimmy Hyland 0-5 (1f). Subs: Darragh Kirwan 1-3 (1f) for McLoughlin 48, Paddy McDermott for Beirne 52, David Hyland for Murray 62, Paddy Woodgate 0-2 (1f) for J. Hyland 66, Mike Joyce for Houlihan 66.

LOUTH: James Califf; Dan Corcoran, Bevan Duffy, Donal McKenny; Eoghan Callaghan, Niall Sharkey, John Clutterbuck; Tommy Durnin 0-1, Conor Early 0-1; Conall McKeever, Sam Mulroy 0-5 (1f 1m), Ciarán Downey; Liam Jackson, Conor Grimes 0-3 (2m), Ciarán Byrne 0-1. Subs: Leonard Grey for Clutterbuck 27, Tom Jackson for Byrne HT, Dermot Campbell for Earley 56, Ciarán Keenan for Callaghan 57, Jack Murphy 0-1 for Durnin (Temp 67), Gerard Browne for Duffy 73.

REFEREE: David Gough (Meath)

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