'Lucky' Kildare tear St Patrick's apart
Kildare 5-16 St Patrick's 3-9
Kildare manager Joe Quaid admits that, despite the clinical scoreline, his side "got fortuitous goals" in the first half.
Four first-half goals from three seasonal debutants; two Jack Sheridan finishes and a strike each from Shane Ryan and Philip Cocoman, put Kildare in a decisive 4-4 to 1-6 lead at half-time.
Hard to believe the goals were against the run of play. Three goal chances; two stops by Kildare goalkeeper, Paddy McKenna, and 12 wides, took a toll on a St. Patrick's side.
Crucially for Kildare, it took half-time for St. Patricks' Peter Sutton to claim their goal. The Fitzgibbon Cup hopefuls fell away in the second half as Kildare gained a commanding presence.
Nevertheless, St. Patrick's Eoin MacIntyre scored a 43rd-minute goal which left six points between the sides. But a Kildare 12-point haul gave a target-practice finish for the Lilys.
And while St. Patricks' Michael Collins did add a third goal, Martin Fitzgerald, rattled the net in the 69th minute to give his side their second Cup win.
SCORERS - Kildare: J Sheridan 2-0, G Keegan 0-6 (2f, 1 '65), M Fitzgerald 1-2, P Cocoman 1-2, S Ryan 1-1, P Divilly 0-3 (1f), R Casey 0-2. St Patrick's / Mater Dei: P Sutton 1-1, E MacIntyre 1-1, T Devlin 0-4 (1f), M Collins 1-0, J. Bruton (f), W Murphy (f) and N Mullins 0-1 each.
KILDARE - P McKenna, M Grace, F Ó'Muineachain, J Doran, S Gainey, N Ó'Muineachain, P Divilly, R Bergin, P Ryan, G Keegan, P Cocoman, D Flaherty, S Ryan, M Fitzgerald, J Sheridan. Subs: C Gordon for Bergin (h/t): R Casey for S. Ryan (46m): T Brady for Sheridan (52m): G Savage for P. Ryan (65m).
ST PATRICK'S/MATER DEI - J Higgins, D Egan, R Tubrid, C Shaw, B Hanlon, R Fitzpatrick, J de Barún, N Mullins, F Walsh, C Breathnach, M Collins, P Sutton, E MacIntyre, T Devlin, J Bruton. Subs: C Morris for Sutton (h/t): W Murphy for Bruton (h/t): A Cox for Breathnach (52m): J Dollard for Hanlon (63m).
REF - Kevin Brady (Louth).