Tyrrell points the way on debut as Lilies cruise past DIT
Kildare 0-24 DIT 1-7
Kildare have a very good record in this competition in recent years, moving clear at the top of the roll of honour with three successes already this decade and appearing in the last five finals.
On this evidence, they stand a good chance of getting back to the knockout stages and perhaps adding to their 11 victories, as they possessed far too much firepower for DIT.
Adam Tyrrell scored nine points on his debut and Eoghan O'Flaherty contributed six as new Kildare boss Cian O'Neill enjoyed a good start to his tenure at St Conleth's Park.
Tyrrell had six points in an outstanding first half. However, former Lilywhite Tomás O'Connor almost had an early DIT goal and Conor Madden did find the net after Liam Healy misjudged the flight of a delivery in the 19th minute, yet the hosts were full value for a 0-11 to 1-4 interval lead.
DIT weren't helped by the indiscipline of Neil Collins, who managed to pick up two yellow cards in the space of three minutes and left his team at a numerical disadvantage for the last 25 minutes.
Kildare were in control by then anyway, with O'Flaherty pulling the strings and unerring from placed balls, while Daniel Flynn was full of energy. Flynn scored three points from midfield, with his pace coming off the shoulder proving a key asset, while the former AFL man also hit the crossbar with a left-foot rocket.
Once Collins received his marching orders from Stephen Johnson, it was one-way traffic, and Kildare scored the last nine points.
Having used just one substitute, when Seamus McNally came on for the black-carded Ryan Houlihan, O'Neill emptied his bench in the final quarter. Among those introduced was Éanna O'Connor, son of former Kerry supremo Jack. An ex-Kerry minor, he now works in Kildare and plays his club football with Moorefield.
Scorers - Kildare: A Tyrrell 0-9(4fs); E O'Flaherty 0-6(3fs, 1 45); D Flynn 0-3; C McNally 0-2; R Houlihan, S Hanafin, R Cahill, F Dowling 0-1 each
DIT: B McMahon 0-5(4fs); C Madden 1-1; K O'Gara 0-1.
Kildare: T Corley, P Kelly, L Healy, C Fitzpatrick, R Houlihan, J Byrne,G Farrell, D Flynn, D Whyte, C McNally, E O'Flaherty, A Tyrrell, J Eaton, F Dowling, S Hanafin. Subs: S McNally for Houlihan BC (33), R Kelly for Whyte (50), E Heavey for C McNally (56), R Cahill for Eaton (62), E Powderly for Fitzpatrick (62), É O'Connor for O'Flaherty (65)
DIT: C Ferris, K O'Brien, N Collins, S Clayton, R McGowan, C Boyle, E Flanagan, E Ó Connghaile, D Nelson, G Guilfoyle, B McMahon, S Cunningham, K O'Gara, C Madden, T O'Connor. Subs: G O'Reilly for Madden (52), P Reilly for Flanagan (53), R Scott for Cunningham (53), L Irwin for O'Gara (62), C Lynn for Guilfoyle (62), M Stewart Byrne for O'Brien (67)
Ref - S Johnson (Louth)