Daniel Flynn impresses as Kildare obliterate disappointing Laois challenge
KILDARE 1-21 LAOIS 1-7
Kildare booked a juicy Leinster SFC semi-final date with Meath in two weeks' time following a comprehensive hammering of Laois in O'Connor Park today.
Daniel Flynn top-scored for the Lilies with 1-3 and it was one-way traffic from start to finish as Cian O'Neill's men looked head and shoulders above their Midland rivals.
The game was only 57 seconds old when Donie Kingston, fresh from his heroics against Longford, hit the net after storming through the Kildare defence and driving past Mark Donnellan.
The Lilies response was instant, however, as they reeled off four points in quick succession through Kevin feely (free), a Donnellan '45 and two from Cathal McNally as they quickly settled into their stride with the aid of a stiff breeze.
Donie Kingston, who was starved of possession at full-forward in the opening half, levelled with a placed ball before Daniel Flynn and Evan O'Carroll (free) traded scores to leave it 1-2 to 0-5 after 22 minutes.
That was the O'Moore men's last score of the half, however, and it was all Kildare from there as they dominated the midfield exchanges through Feely's aerial excellence and a string of turnovers from the hardworking Keith Cribbin.
Ollie Lyons strode forward to point, quickly followed by a brace from Flynn, one each for the Cribbin brothers, Paul and Keith, Tommy Moolick and Niall Kelly as Cian O'Neill's side went in seven up at the break, 0-12 to 1-2.
Peter Creedon's Laois needed to start the new half with a purpose but they had to wait until the 49th minute for their first point from play as the Lilies sucked the life out of the game kicking four quick-fire points through Johnny Byrne, David Slattery and two from Kelly.
Laois' sole response was a Donie Kingston free and Flynn put paid to whatever small chance there was of a comeback when firing to the net after great work from Slattery, who cut through the Laois defence with ease.
Alan Farrell finally got them off the mark with a point from play but only another two points from play followed, both from sub Gary Walsh, as Kildare eased to a comfortable win and a juicy last four clash with the Royals.
SCORERS – Kildare: D Flynn 1-3, N Kelly and C McNally 0-3 each, P Cribbin and K Feely (1f) 0-2 each, M Donnellan ('45), T Moolick, K Cribbin, O Lyons, J Byrne, F Dowling, D Slattery, E Callaghan 0-1 each.
Laois: D Kingston 1-1 (0-1f), G Walsh 0-3 (0-1 '45) E O'Carroll (f), A Farrell 0-1 each,
KILDARE – M Donnellan; O Lyons, M O'Grady, D Hyland; J Byrne, E Doyle, K Cribbin; K Feely, T Moolick; F Conway, N Kelly, P Cribbin; D Slattery, D Flynn, C McNally. Subs: E Callaghan for Conway (53), C Healy for McNally and F Dowling for Moolick (both 57), P Kelly for O'Grady and E Bolton for Flynn (both 65).
LAOIS – G Brody; D Strong, D booth, J Kelly; E Buggie, P McMahon, D O'Connor; B Quigley, C Begley; N Donoher, J O'Loughlin, E O'Carroll; P Kingston, D Kingston, A Farrell. Subs: A Doran for Donoher (20), G Walsh for O'Carroll (42), R Munnelly for P Kingston (52), K Meaney for Quigley and D Conway for Doran (both 64).
REF – D Coldrick (Meath)