Kildare manager Jason Ryan has six days to prise his players up off of the floor after a chastening 19-point defeat at the hands of Dublin.
The Lilywhites will face Offaly in the qualifiers next Saturday in Tullamore on the back of their biggest defeat to Dublin since 1897.
On that occasion, the scoreline was 2-15 to 0-2, today, it was 5-18 to 0-14.
The game was over as a contest well before the half-time whistle after goals from Bernard Brogan, Dean Rock and Diarmuid Connolly.
Brogan grabbed a second after the break and Connolly added a penalty after Rock was brought down by Kildare netminder Mark Donnellan.
The only consolation on a dark day for Kildare was that their minor team managed to register a 3-16 to 3-13 win over Paddy Christie's Dublin to make the Leinster final.
Speaking to RTE Radio One after the game, Ryan said: "In the first half, we gave Dublin too much time, too much respect and they punished us repeatedly.
"In the second half, I thought we improved in a lot of sectors and the pressure we put Dublin under was far better.
"People can argue that Dublin were already so far up, we played Dublin two years ago and they won by 16 points and going in to that game we really fancied our chances and going into this game we were written off by everybody.
"We have a lot of young players there and it is not the type of experience we want the players to have, to take that type of a beating.
"Today wasn't all doom and gloom for Kildare, it's great to see the Kildare minors get a victory against Dublin in the Leinster semi-final."
Ryan believes his charges must draw on their experience of bouncing back from Leinster championship defeats if they are to get back on track with victory over the Faithful county next weekend.
"It's something we've experienced in the past and we'll just go back at it again and work hard to try to improve our basics," he added.
On the quality of Dublin's display, he said: "Dublin are a good team. Just look at the strength and depth they had. We worked hard to retain possession but as soon as Dublin turned us over they did serious damage going back at us."