Moolick on the double as Kildare bounce back in style
Kildare 4-14 Fermanagh 0-14
Kildare got back to winning ways in the best possible fashion yesterday as they turned on the style to hit four goals past Fermanagh in Newbridge.
Having lost their previous game away to Derry in controversial circumstances, Kildare were clearly determined to bounce back and manager Cian O'Neill got the ideal response from his troops, now top of Division 2 with three games to play.
The visitors were quick from the startings blocks and led by 0-4 to 0-1 after 12 minute before Kildare got into their stride.
But a point from Neil Flynn sparked a nine-minute blitz that saw Kildare outscore their opponents by 3-5 to 0-1.
The first goal came in 14th minute when Tommy Moolick palmed to the net after Fergal Conway's pass, and the big midfielder scored his second five minutes later after an attempt at a point from Mick O'Grady dropped short and an opportunist Moolick beat goalkeeper Christopher Snow to the punch.
After scoring a goal against Derry on his first senior start, Chris Healy netted Kildare's third in similar fashion, following a quick Neil Flynn free-kick.
Fermanagh, led by Barry Mulrone, scored the last four points of the half but were denied a crucial goal when Mark Donnellan superbly pushed Aidan Breen's shot over the bar.
Kildare extended their 3-6 to 0-9 half-time lead with points soon after the restart from Neil Flynn (2) and Fionn Dowling.
The game was as good as over when Kildare scored their fourth goal in the 42nd minute. Again, it came from a quickly taken free-kick, when Healy picked out Daniel Flynn and he was left with the simple task of firing past Snow.
The home side went on to kick excellent points through Fergal Conway and Paul Cribbin, while debutants Eddie Heavey and Conor Hartley both got on the scoresheet.
Fermanagh finished the game with 14 men when Ryan Jones was shown a second yellow card in injury-time.
The result leaves the Ulster side at the foot of the table after a third successive defeat, but with two of their last three games at home, Pete McGrath will be hoping his troops can move clear of relegation trouble.
Scorers - Kildare: T Moolick 2-0, N Flynn 0-4 (2fs), D Flynn and C Healy 1-1 each, F Dowling 0-2, K Feely, E Heavey, C Hartley, P Cribbin, F Conway, N Kelly 0-1 each. Fermanagh: B Mulrone 0-4, S Quigley (2fs), R Jones (1f), T Corrigan(2fs) 0-2 each, A Breen, E Donnelly, M Jones, R Lyons 0-1 each.
Kildare: M Donnellan 8; M O'Grady 7, D Hyland 7, O Lyons 7, J Byrne 7, E Doyle 8, K Cribbin 7; K Feely 7, T Moolick 9; F Conway 8, N Kelly 7, P Cribbin 8, N Flynn 8, D Flynn 8, C Healy 8. Subs: F Dowling 7 for Feely (32); C McNally 6 for D Flynn, (53); E Heavey 6 for P Cribbin (61); C Hartley 6 for Kelly (62); E Callaghan 6 for N Flynn (63); P Kelly 6 for Byrne (63).
Fermanagh: C Snow 5; M Jones 6, C Cullen 5, J McMahon 5, D McCusker 6, R McCluskey 6, L Cullen 5; E Donnelly 5, B Mulrone 7; P McCusker 6, R Jones 6, A Breen 6, T Corrigan 6, S Quigley 5, E Courtney 5. Subs: R Hyde 5 for L Cullen (h/t); R Lyons 6 for P McCusker (59); S McManus 5 for McCluskey (59); T McCaffrey 5 for Courtney (61).
Ref - P O'Sullivan (Kerry)