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Saturday 23 August 2014

Underdogs Kildare stun Kerry for first ever Christy Ring Cup success

Published 07/06/2014 | 18:25

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7 June 2014; Kildare's Mark Moloney, left, and Éanna Ó Neill celebrate at the final whistle. Christy Ring Cup Final, Kerry v Kildare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Kildare's Mark Moloney, left, and Éanna Ó Neill celebrate at the final whistle
7 June 2014; Shane Nolan, Kerry, scores his side's second goal despite the efforts of Richie Hoban, Kildare. Christy Ring Cup Final, Kerry v Kildare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Shane Nolan, Kerry, scores his side's second goal despite the efforts of Richie Hoban

Kildare have been crowned Christy Ring Cup champions after a stirring 4-18 to 2-22 win over Kerry at Croke Park.

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The Kingdom were heavy favourites before the game but Brian Lawlor's Kildare hit the back of the net four times to avenge their 2007 defeat to Westmeath, their only other appearance in the Christy Ring decider.

Both sides will have to face-off again in a weeks time in a Liam MacCarthy Cup promotion / relegation decider.

In a nip and tuck game, the lead was exchanged continuously until a goal from Brian Deay, Kildare's fourth, gave the Lilywhites some breathing space they never relinquished.

Kerry, who had led by 2-10 to 2-9 at the break, were unable to find a way back after that as the Lilywhites held on for a famous victory.

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