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Red-hot Fitzgerald secures hat-trick as Lilywhites cruise past Armagh

KILDARE 5-21
ARMAGH 2-14

Published 25/01/2010 | 05:00

A first-half tour de force from Kildare set up the easiest of wins for the Lilywhites in the first round at Newbridge on Saturday afternoon.

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Two goals from the impressive Martin Fitzgerald and a scrambled effort from David Kennedy put Kildare in command and gave them a 3-13 to 1-6 advantage heading into the half-time break.

However, Armagh fought back after the interval with a second goal but Kildare finished in style with a third goal from Fitzgerald and a tap-in from Paddy Moloney to put the seal on the victory.

SCORERS -- Kildare: M Fitzgerald 3-3 (0-2f), D Kennedy 1-6, P Moloney 1-2, K Divilly 0-3, T Byrne (0-1 '65'), M Moloney, T Murphy 0-2 each, P Reidy 0-1. Armagh: P Breen 1-3 (0-2fs), McKernan 1-0, P McCormack (0-3fs) C Carvill 0-3 each, C McCann 0-2, G Enright, J Corvan, B McCann 0-1 each.

KILDARE --D Byrne; P Reidy, D Ryan, R Spain; D Byrne, D Moloney, R Hoban; K Divilly, T Byrne; T Murphy, D Kennedy, C Buggy; P Moloney, M Moloney, M Fitzgerald. Subs: J Doran for Hoban (43), A Ryan for Kennedy (49), J Houlihan for Buggy (52), C Bonus for M Moloney (54), M Divilly for Murphy (61).

ARMAGH -- C McKee; B Mallon, P McArdle, P Gafney; N Curry, P McCormack, D Carvill; B Breen, C Carvill; R Gafney, G Enright, C McCann; P Breen, J Corvan, F Bradley. Subs: B McCann for D Carvill (h/t), F McMullen for P Gafney (h/t), K McKernan for R Gafney (43), C Christie for Bradley (43), P Cunningham forMcArdle (46).

REF -- P Murphy (Carlow).

Irish Independent

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