Quaid's Kildare reign starts with rout
Kildare 5-24 Trinity College 0-4
Joe Quaid began his tenure as Kildare manager with a routine - and high-scoring - victory over a limited Trinity College side at Hawkfield yesterday afternoon.
The Limerick man will know that his team will face much tougher tests this season than against a side who failed to score from play.
But Kildare did all that could have been asked of them on the day.
After Kildare had scored the first three points, Martin Fitzgerald scored the first of his team's five goals in the eighth minute, and he got the second nine minutes before half-time.
Naas teenager Jack Sheridan scored the third major of the game late in the first half and Kildare led 3-12 to 0-3 at the break, with all the students' points coming from Cian O Dulaing frees.
Things didn't get any better for Trinity College after the interval.
Kildare completed the win with second-half goals from Gerry Keegan and Ross Bergin, on a day the students will want to forget.
Scorers - Kildare: M Fitzgerald 2-4; G Keegan 1-5 (2'65s, 1f); P Cocoman 0-5; J Sheridan, R Bergin 1-1 each; D Flaherty, P Ryan, P Divilly 0-2 each, N O'Muineachain, C Gordon 0-1 each. Trinity College: C O Dulaing 0-4 (4f).
Kildare - P Dermody; C Gordon, M Grace, J Doran; S Gainey, M Moloney, P Divilly; N O'Muineachain, P Ryan; G Keegan, P Cocoman, D Flaherty; S Ryan, M Fitzgerald, J Sheridan. Subs: R Bergin for S Ryan (h/t), T Brady for Sheridan (45), F O'Muineachain for N O'Muineachain (45), P McKenna for Dermody (59), G Savage for Cocoman (59).
Trinity College - J Banks; L Carey, D O'Donoghue, J Fay-Watt; C Heaney, R Byrne, E McNamara; C O Riain Broin, C O Dulaing; D Butler, N Redmond, M O'Sullivan; N Madden, C O'Neill, K Wade. Subs: T Mitchell for Wade (h/t), T Flanigan for Fay-Watt (46).
Ref - B O'Leary (Wexford).