Game At A Glance
Man of the match
Eoghan O'Flaherty (Kildare)
O'Flaherty kick-started Kildare's forwards when released to a pure attacking role in the second half.
Kildare's introduction of Tomas O'Connor, releasing O'Flaherty to the forwards.
The scoreline flattered Kildare but, considering how they folded against Dublin last time out, outscoring Louth 1-11 (2f) to 0-5 after the break showed character.
Victory was already secured when O'Flaherty spun over a sublime third point, using the breeze and the outside of his foot from 45 metres out.
When things threatened to boil over in the second half, Rory Hickey stayed on top of it.
WHAT THEY SAID
Kieran McGeeney (Kildare manager):
"I was very happy and very proud of the boys. You can only show character when things are going against you and you are low on the ground and they did that."
Aidan O'Rourke (Louth manager):
"We pushed on and went four up in the second half and their heads were dropped, but Kildare have been in this position before and their ability to make the right decisions under pressure was the difference."
Kildare 7 (5 first half)
Louth 6 (4)
Kildare 21 (9)
Louth 22 (13)
Kildare 2 (O'Neill 40, Flynn 55)
Louth 4 (Rafferty 25, Judge 32, Byrne 55, Connolly 61)
Kildare 0; Louth 0
Kildare progress to the third round of the qualifiers next Saturday while Louth's summer is finished.