Curtin raises bar in Kildare stroll
Kildare 1-13 Carlow 0-2
Kildare overwhelmed Carlow in this one-sided tie, in which the home team managed to just muster a point in each half.
With Drew Costello and Marcus Kiely dominant in midfield there was a steady supply of play to the Kildare forwards with Muiris Curtin, Padraig Behan, Jack Smith and Alex Beirne catching the eye in the visitors' attack.
Jacob O'Brien cancelled out Beirne's early point for Kildare with Carlow's only first-half score coming in the fifth minute, as the visitors went on to lead 0-8 to 0-1 at the break.
Kildare were 0-11 to 0-1 ahead before Carlow full-forward Colin Byrne raised his side's sole second-half flag.
Two Kildare substitutes made a late impression, Aaron Kennedy cracking home a well-taken injury-time goal and Davy Higgins registering a point.
This was Kildare's second victory, following a big home win over Wexford, while Carlow were shapeless and bereft of any forward momentum.
Scorers - Kildare: M Curtin 0-4 (2f); J Smith 0-3; A Kennedy 1-0; A Beirne 0-2; P Behan (f), T Browne, S Morrissey and D Higgins 0-1 each. Carlow: J O'Brien, C Byrne 0-1 each.
Kildare: J Ball; O O'Loughlin, S Hill, J Hamill; N Jackman, L Broderick, P McDermott; D Costello, M Kiely; T Browne, A Beirne, M McGovern; M Curtin, P Behan, J Smith. Subs: S Morrissey for Smith (45), A Kennedy for McGovern (51), E O'Haire for Behan (52), D Higgins for Costello (55), S Englishby for Jackman (59), A Kane for McDermott (60).
Carlow: K Budzisz; C Connolly, C Bowden, J Dunne; M Behan, A Nolan, R Whelan; L Connolly, F Kavanagh; P McDonnell, P Regan, J O'Brien; J McCullagh, C Byrne, S Moran. Subs: B Crotty for Moran (h-t); S Metcalfe for Behan (37); D Nolan for O'Brien (44); J Cummins for Bowden (54).
REF - F Pierce (Offaly).