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Kildare mercilessly taken apart by rampant Dublin in biggest defeat in 118 years

Dublin 5-18 Kildare 0-14

Sean McGoldrick

Published 28/06/2015 | 18:30

28 June 2015; Dean Rock, Dublin, is fouled by Mark Donnellan, Kildare, resulting in a black card and penalty. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Dean Rock, Dublin, is fouled by Mark Donnellan, Kildare, resulting in a black card and penalty. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare manager Jason Ryan, left, shakes hands with Dublin manager Jim Gavin after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Alan Brogan, Dublin. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Michael Darragh MacAuley, Dublin, in action against Pádraig O'Neill, Kildare. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kevin McManamon, Dublin, in action against Eoin Doyle, Kildare. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Brian Fenton, Dublin, in action against Cathal McNally, Kildare. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Jack McCaffrey, Dublin, in action against Emmet Bolton, left, and Pádraig O'Neill, Kildare. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, checks to see if team-mate Diarmuid Connolly is ok after Brogan hit him in the face with the ball after scoring his side's second goal. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Brian Fenton, left, and Michael Darragh MacAuley, Dublin, in action against Paul Cribben, Kildare. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Supporters on Hill 16 hold up a banner to celebrate the lives of avid Dublin supporters and brothers Alan and Stephen Harris and six Irish students who died in an accident in Berkeley, California, last week. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Stephen Cluxton, Dublin captain, leads the Dublin squad out for the official photograph before the start of the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare players Alan Smith and Padraig Fogarty, behind, at the end of the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Dublin squad. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare manager Jason Ryan in the final moments of the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare manager Jason Ryan in the final moments of the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare manager Jason Ryan in the final moments of the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare manager Jason Ryan, left, shakes hands with Dublin manager Jim Gavin after the game. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Kildare's Emmet Bolton following his side's defeat. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; The Kildare panel walk off the pitch following their side's defeat. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Bernard Brogan, Dublin, score's his side's second goal. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
28 June 2015; Brian Fenton, Dublin, in action against Ciaran Fitzpatrick, Kildare. Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Dublin v Kildare. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Dublin's dominance of the Leinster is now so pronounced that nobody even raised an eyebrow when they swatted away the challenge of Kildare with consummate ease at Croke Park.

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Perhaps the 19-point winning margin was a tad surprising; the bookies handicap for the match was 11 points.

The winning margin surpassed the 16 points that Dublin won by when the teams last clashed in the Leinster series in 2013 and equals the record 19-point defeat Kildare suffered in 1897.

Two Dublin goals in a three minute spell in the first quarter effectively ended any remote chance that Kildare, who will play in Division 3 next season, might make this semi-final competitive.

Dublin's third goal from Diarmuid Connolly in injury time before the break - -which gave the favourites an unassailable 13 point advantage (3-10; 0-6) -meant that essentially the teams were going through the motions in the second half.

This was a classic example of the curtain raiser being the game to see. In fairness most of the official attendance of 50,324 were present for Westmeath's dramatic and history win over Meath.

But there certainly wasn't 50,000 in the stadium when referee David Coldrick brought this sad mismatch to a conclusion.

Kildare will take some consolation from their performance in the third quarter. They upped the ante and decided to physically take on Dublin resulting in a rash of skirmishes breaking out all over the field.

As a result nine players, five from Kildare: Eoin Doyle, Gary White, Paul Cribben, Padraig O'Neill and Cathal McNally and Dublin's Brian Fenton, Ciaran Kilkenny, Jonny Cooper and Diarmuid Connolly were all yellow carded.

In the first 15 minutes of the second half Kildare actually outscored Dublin 5-1 - without ever remotely looking capable of mounting the kind of dramatic comeback that Westmeath had done in the first game.

As usual Dublin boss Jim Gavin emptied his bench and it was the introduction of veteran Alan Brogan that poked them into action again.

Brogan hit three points from play in an eight minute spell. And just to emphasise their superiority Dublin went on another mini goal spree near the end.

Kildare goalkeeper Mark Donnellan was black carded after he upended Dean Rock just he was shaping up to score his second goal in the 63rd minute.

Diarmuid Connolly, who despite wearing the number 14 shirt, operated as the Dublin playmaker at centre forward and deeper, sent Kildare's replacement keeper Colin Heeney the wrong way with a sublime penalty.

And just to rub more salts into Kildare's open wounds a delightful one two between substitute Paddy Andrews and Bernard Brogan  enabled the latter to hit his second goal and Dublin's fifth three minutes from the end.

The humiliation was completed.  Brogan ended with a personal tally of 2-3 all from play; Connolly also scored 2-3 while Dean Rock kicked 1-4. Apart from his four frees and Connolly's penalty the rest of the of the Dublin tally (4-14) came from play.

Yet again Dublin's official team was a 'dummy' one. There were two significant changes in personnel. Michael Darragh Macauley started his first big match for Dublin since last year's All-Ireland semi-final while Rory O'Carroll returned at full back.

Presumably all of Kildare's planning had revolved around stopping Dublin from scoring goals in the first quarter. As early as the 12th minute that strategy was in shreds.

Dublin got fortunate breaks in the lead-up to both scores, though the turbo charged run of Jack McCaffrey that caused the confusion in the Kildare defence for the second goal from Bernard Brogan - his shot bounced off the head of a prostrate Diarmuid Connolly on the way to the net - was worthy of a big score.

Dean Rock finished the first goal in the ninth minute after Philip McMahon's initial shot broke off into his hands off a Kildare defender.

With Ciaran Kilkenny in wonderful form - he kicked four majestic points in the first 24 minutes - Kildare must have known it was going to be one of those days  and so it proved.

Despite Westmeath's heroics against Kildare Dublin look on course to collect their tenth Leinster title in 11 seasons next month. This juggernaut won't be stopped in the province any time soon.

 

Dublin: S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O'Carroll, P McMahon (0-1); C O'Sullivan; J Small, J McCaffrey; B Fenton, MD Macauley; P Flynn, K McManamon, C Kilkenny (0-4); D Rock (1-4, 4f), D Connolly (2-3, 1g pen), B Brogan (2-3). Subs:  J McCarthy for Small 43m;  A Brogan (0-3) for  McManamon 43m;  P Andrews for Flynn 58; M Fitzsimons for O'Carroll 58m.

 

Kildare: M Donnellan; C Fitzpatrick, M O'Grady, O Lyons; K Murnaghan, E Bolton (0-1), E Doyle; G White, P Cribbin (0-1); P O'Neill (0-2), E O'Flaherty (0-4, 2f), C McNally (0-1); E Callaghan, A Smith (0-1), P Fogarty (0-3, 1 45). Subs: N Kelly (0-1) for Callaghan 46m; T Moolick for  White 46m; H Lynch for McNally 55m; C Heeney for Donnellan (Black card) 64m; F Dowling for Bolton 66m.

 

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

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