Kildare continued their charge towards the Division 2B Allianz NHL final and possible promotion with an emphatic victory over 14-man Armagh in the Athletic Grounds.
The Christy Ring Cup champions played against a strong breeze in the first half yet hit an unanswered 1-5 in the opening 11 minutes, Ryan Casey getting the goal, to effectively settle the result early on.
Armagh didn’t score until Ryan Gaffney’s 12th-minute free but Willie Green ran through the home defence to drill a second Kildare goal into the net after 15 minutes.
Corner-back Conor Devlin received a straight red card for an off-the-ball challenge on Casey, leaving Armagh down to 14 men from the 31st minute, and Kildare pushed on.
Scorers — Kildare: G Keegan 0-8, R Casey, E Dempsey 1-2 each, W Green 1-1, M Delaney 0-3 (1f), J Byrne, P Divilly 0-2 each, K Whelan, M Moloney, N Kenny 0-1 each. Armagh: C Corvan 2-4, R Gaffney 0-7 (6f), S Renaghan 1-1, D Carville 0-2.
Kildare: P McKenna; C Chan, M Grace, J Doran; K Whelan, M Fitzgerald, D Stapleton; P Divilly, M Moloney; W Green, G Keegan, M Delaney; E Dempsey, N Kenny, R Casey. Subs: C Gordan for Doran (ht), J Byrne for Delaney (ht), G Johnston for Stapleton (ht), R Whelan for E Dempsey (60), S Gainey for Casey (65).
Armagh: S Doherty; A McGuinness, C Clifford, C Devlin; N Curry, S Renaghan, K McKernan; C McKee, P Hughes; R Gaffney, C Corvan, S Gaffney; C Carville, D Carville, E McGuinness. Subs: M Moan for E McGuinness (25), T Nevin for A McGuinness (ht), C Gorman for S Gaffney (ht), P Kelly for Hughes (ht), P McKearney for D Carville (63)
Ref: E Hasson (Derry)