It's all uphill for luckless Down as relegation fears rekindled
Down 0-10 Kildare 2-9
The vision of promotion from Division Two of the Allianz Football League has become distinctly blurred again for Down following this setback at the hands of Kildare.
Manager Eamon Burns now faces the intimidating challenge of striving to gain maximum points from his team's remaining two fixtures against Galway and Cork if they are to have any chance of staying in the race into the top tier.
In contrast, Kildare's is very much on rubbing shoulders with the big guns next year.
"We stayed in touch with them in the first-half when we had a couple of goal chances but after the break the two goals they got proved crucial," said Burns, "It's very disappointing to have lost."
Kildare led by 0-4 to 0-3 at the end of a tedious first-half before deriving inspiration from substitute David Slattery who pirated a goal which he complemented with another in the 50th minute.
Kevin Feeley's accuracy from frees, and the team's overall work-rate helped to take Kildare to their five-point victory.
For Down, Darragh O'Hanlon landed four points from frees while Brendan McArdle, Barry O'Hagan and Kevin McKernan played themselves to a standstill.
But they finished with 13 players after O'Hagan limped off and Jerome Johnston incurred a black card.
Kildare scorers: D Slattery 2-0, K Feely 0-5 (3f), M Donnellan 0-1 ('45'), T Moolick 0-1, P Cribbin 0-1, O Lyons 0-1.
Down scorers: D O'Hanlon 0-4 (4f), B O'Hagan 0-2, C Mooney 0-2, K McKernan 0-1, J Johnston 0-1.