Fogarty and O'Flaherty combine to sink Longford
Kildare 3-20 Longford 0-6
The Lilywhites continued their positive start to new year with a comprehensive victory over their opponents Longford at Park Ciaran in Newtowncashel.
Having mauled the students of Athlone at the weekend, Jason Ryan's outfit once again made easy work against their midland neighbours.
From the opening minutes, Kildare never looked like losing this one-sided affair. Their attacking combination of Padraig Fogarty and Eoghan O'Flaherty worked the scoreboard all evening.
The return of Brian Kavanagh back into the Longford fold will no doubt delight their new manager Jack Sheedy, who will need time to settle into the position.
While Longford fielded an inexperienced side, Sheedy will know his side will have to give a better account of themselves if they intend to be competitive in the up coming league campaign.
Throughout the opening half, Kildare's inside forward line caused huge problems to Longford's entire defence. Fogarty in particular proved a serious handful as he notched up an impressive 1-2 at the half-time interval.
Kildare manager Jason Ryan made two changes from last weekend starting 15, opting for Kevin Murnaghan instead of Conor Tiernan at half back, while Connor Canning replaced Adan Tyrell in attack.
The visitors started fast and in the opening 10 minutes registered 1-4 without reply. Fogarty got his team up and running with just six minutes gone when after he pounced just outside the square and finished easily into Damien Sheridan's net.
Ten points to the good at the interval, Kildare took their foot off the pedal but Longford still found it extremely difficult for find a score and lacked any real danger in attack.
The home side had a possibility of reducing the deficit somewhat midway through the second half, Kevin Diffley playing in a near perfect pass into the path of Brian Kavanagh. Unfortunately much to the displeasure of the home support, Kavanagh pulled his shot over the bar when the three points was there for the taking.
Their mini purple patch was shortlived as Kildare ramped up the pressure. Both managers emptied their benches and the introduction of Kildare's Mikey Conway and Darroch Mullhall saw them both register 1-1.
Scores -- Kildare: E O'Flaherty 0-7 (2f), P Fogarty 1-2, D Mulhall, M Conway 1-1 each, R Dunne 0-3, C McNally, C Murphy, T Moolick 0-2 each. Longford: B Kavanagh 0-3, P Gill, P McKeon, C Mimnagh 0-1 each.
Kildare -- S Connolly; M O Grady, M Foley, J Kinahan; K Murnaghan, F Conway, P Cribbin; G White, T Moolick; C Canning, E O Flaherty, C McNally; C Murphy, R Dunne, P O Fogartaigh.
Subs: M Conway for C Murphy (46), C Tiernan for P Cribbon (46), H Lynch for F Conway (52), D Mulhall for R Dunne (57), M Konstanttin for M O'Grady (61), S Campbell for J Kinahan (63).
Longford -- D Sheridan; D Keogh, F Battrim, A Rowan; G Farrell, F Reilly, G Smith; K Diffley, J Keegan; B Farrell, D Cooney , P Gill; P McKeon, B Kavanagh, C Mimnagh. Subs: CP Smyth for G Smith (23), P Brady for G Farrell (h-t), S Doyle for B Farrell (47), R McEntire for P Gill (47), S Kiernan for K Diffley (50), S Cox for D Keogh (52).
Ref -- N Ward (Westmeath)