Three see red as Lilies march on
Kildare 0-17 Wicklow 0-9
A triple Wicklow sending-off in the seventh minute of injury-time rubbed salt into the wounds as Kildare stroll to victory in Arklow.
Wicklow now go into a relegation decider without free-taker Christy Moorhouse, captain Billy Cuddihy, and Gavin Weir, following a 77th-minute triple sending-off after a goalmouth incident in which Kildare keeper Paul Dermody had to be replaced.
Freetaker Gerry Keegan was the only Kildare forward to score, as half-backs Mark Moloney and Sean Gainey, put the finishing touches on what few good moves there were
After a dour first half, Kildare led 0-7 to 0-6. All of Wicklow's first-half points came through full-forward Moorhouse His 34th-minute point was Wicklow's only score from play in the entire game
Kildare rose to the fore after the break. Wicklow could only muster two further Moorhouse frees and a 70th-minute Stephen Kelly '65', as the Lilywhites pulled away, with Kildare's Ross Bergin, Mark Moloney, Niall O'Muineacháin adding to Keegan's six second-half points.
Scorers - Kildare: G Keegan 0-10 (9fs), M Moloney, M Fitzgerald 0-2 each, S Gainey, R Bergin, N O'Muineacháin 0-1 each. Wicklow: C Moorhouse 0-8 (7fs), S Kelly 0-1 ('65').
Kildare - P Dermody, R Bergin, J Doran, C Gordon, S Gainey, M Moloney, M Grace, M Fitzgerald, N O'Muineacháin, P Cocoman, P Divilly, R Casey, B Byrne, G Keegan, J Sheridan. Subs: L Quinn for Cocoman (47), D Flaherty for Casey (63), P McKenna for Dermody (75), S Ryan for Sheridan (77).
Wicklow - D O'Neill, L Maloney, B Cuddihy, C O'Dúlacháin, P Keane, J Henderson, M O'Brien, R Keddy, E Kearns, A Byrne, P Doran, D Masterson, S Kelly, C Moorhouse, D Staunton. Subs: S Weir for Mastersion. Subs: T Storey for Doran (47), E McCormack for Byrne (56).
Ref - G McGrath (Wexford)