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Kildare just too strong for Ernesiders

Kildare 4-14 Fermanagh 0-14

By Gareth Cauldwell

Fermanagh were blown away by the pace and power of Kildare in Newbridge yesterday as Pete McGrath's side suffered a third successive defeat in Division Two.

Fermanagh had started brightly enough, registering the first three points, but a physically stronger Kildare came back and hit 3-06 to turn a three-point deficit into a 10-point lead in a 14-minute purple patch.

Fermanagh had no answer to Kildare in this period with Tommy Moolick twice punching into the net, while a quick free from Neil Flynn picked out Chris Healy and he tucked a low shot to the corner.

With Niall Kelly, Neil Flynn, Daniel Flynn, Kevin Feely and Healy landing points, the Lilywhites moved into a 3-06 to 0-05 lead with 23 minutes on the clock.

In fairness, Fermanagh dug deep as the half drew to a close and they registered its final four points through Sean Quigley, Barry Mulrone, Aidan Breen and Eoin Donnelly to cut the gap back to six by the break, 3-06 to 0-09.

Kildare though regained the upperhand at the start of the second half, Neil Flynn tucking away their fourth goal as they quickly added 1-03 to put the game to bed.

Fermanagh battled to the finish with Quigley and Ryan Lyons among the points but the Lilywhites were always on top.

Scorers:

Kildare: Moolick (2-00), N. Flynn (0-04, 2f), D. Flynn (1-01), Healy (1-01), Dowling (0-02), Feely (0-01), Conway (0-01), Kelly (0-01), Cribbin (0-01), Hartley (0-01), Heavey (0-01)

Fermanagh: Mulrone (0-04), Quigley (0-02, 2f), Jones (0-02, 1f), Corrigan (0-02, 2f), Jones (0-01), Breen (0-01), Donnelly (0-01), Lyons (0-01).

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