Kildare condemn wasteful Kerry to third straight defeat
KILDARE preserved their 100pc record and condemned Kerry to their third consecutive defeat with a 2-8 to 0-12 win in Newbridge.
Eamonn Fitzmaurice's men shot 16 wides in a game they should have got something from and are now staring relegation in the face.
Goals in either half from Seanie Johnston and Johnny Doyle were crucial for the Lilywhites
Kerry seem to be a team struggling for confidence but started brightly and points from Johnny Buckley and Mike O'Donoghue gave them an early lead.
The Lilywhites bounced back when Cavan import Seanie Johnston took a pass from Seanie Johnston and finished to the net.
Kildare were commanding midfield but wayward shooting meant that Kerry stayed in it and Kildare led 1-3 to 0-3 midway through the half with Niall Kelly kicking over.
Poor discipline was keeping Kerry in it and they trailed 1-5 to 0-5 at half-time with Seanie Johnston kicking 1-2.
Kerry began the second half in determined fashion but they couldn't capitalise on it bringing their wides tally into double figures as Daryl Flynn scored for Kildare from the throw-in.
Buckley and Jonathan Lyne reduced the arrears with good points for the Kingdom.
All Kerry's hard work was cancelled out by the next score as Johnny Doyle coolly finished to the net after being picked out by Mikey Conway's sublime pass.
Doyle was given a great chance to put Kildare out of sight soon afterwards but his penalty was brilliantly kept out by Brendan Kealy.
Johnny Buckley then showed his team mates where the posts were with two points and Kerry cut the lead to two points 2-7 to 0-11.
Eoin Brosnan then had a goal chance after Buckley hit the post but couldn't find the net.
Kerry were in the ascendancy and Peter Crowley's point but the minimum between the sides with time ticking away.
As they chased an equaliser Kildare broke for the match winning point and survived the late onslaught to record a two-point win.