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Kildare light way ahead for underdogs with big upset


By John Campbell

He may be in the throes of a period of suspension right now but Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney has been provided with a boost by his former side Kildare.

McGeeney, whose Armagh side face Fermanagh in the All-Ireland qualifiers next Sunday at the Athletic Grounds, had been in charge of the Lily Whites for six years before he linked up with Paul Grimley to form the Armagh managerial team prior to taking solo control.

Kildare certainly created a wave of excitement at the week-end when they beat Meath by 2-16 to 0-13 in the Leinster semi-final, a match for which the Royal County had been firm favourites.

Instead, Kildare rapped out the message that they have the Leinster crown very much in their sights.

It's 19 years since Kildare last won the Leinster title and there is now strong speculation that they will meet Dublin for the right to claim the trophy - a potential match which is already titillating taste buds throughout the country.

Certainly their manager Cian O'Neill believes his side can go the distance in Leinster - but only if further improvements are undertaken.

Meanwhile, Monaghan will meet Donegal in the Ulster ladies senior football championship final following their fine 1-19 to 2-10 semi-final win over Cavan at the weekend.

Cavan stayed on their opponents' shoulder for the greater part of the game but Monaghan finished strongly to clinch their meeting with Donegal.

In the Ulster Ladies junior football championship semi-final Derry beat Antrim by 5-15 to 5-9.

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