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Kildare progress to semis

An experimental Kildare side scored a 0-16 to 0-8 win over Longford in the O'Byrne Cup at Newbridge to qualify for a semi-final clash with either Offaly or DCU.

The switch of Willie Heffernan from midfield to full forward was a master stroke by manager Kieran McGeeney, with the converted attacker a revelation as target man.

The Lilywhites finished strongly with Eoin O Flatharta converting two frees and Heffernan firing over a point to sink a visiting side, who managed just two second-half points - both scored by Donal McElliot.

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