Delaney earns Kildare victory
Kildare 1-20 Wicklow 3-13
Supersub Mark Delaney was cast in the role of match-winner for Kildare moments after he was introduced in this knife-edge replay in Arklow.
In another titanic battle with Wicklow, The Lilywhites had just drawn level at 1-19 to 3-13 with just three minutes left on the clock and, like the previous week's drawn encounter, extra-time was again looming when Delaney was sprung from the bench to fire over the winner on 70 minutes.
Wicklow ultimately paid the price for their poor shooting in the opening half.
To add to their woes, they gifted a goal to their opponents three minutes before half-time, Gerry Keegan blasting to the net.
At the break, Wicklow found themselves leading by a mere four points, 2-8 to 1-7.
Points by Keegan, Peadar Downey and Paul Divilly cancelled out Christy Moore-house's third goal for Wicklow on 53 minutes as the teams continued to trade scores.
Whereas Wicklow did not introduce any fresh legs, Kildare brought on Delaney and he proved the match- winner with his first touch of the sliothar.
Kildare now meet Kerry next weekend for a place in the semi-finals, while Wicklow head down the losers group route with an away game against Armagh.
Scorers – Kildare: P Divilly 0-8 (7fs), G Keegan 1-4, T Murphy 0-3, B Deay 0-2, P Downey, M Fitzgerald, M Delaney 0-1 each. Wicklow: M Lee 1-8 (6fs), A O'Brien 1-0, C Moorehouse 1-1, J O'Neill 0-3, G Bermingham 0-1.
Kildare – P Dermody; J Doran, M Moloney, P Curtin; D Harney, N. Muineachain, R Hoban; K Whelan, M Fitzgerald; R Kelly, P Divilly, B Deay; G Keegan, T Murphy, P. Downey. Subs: E O'Neill for K Whelan (41) M Delaney for P Downey (69).
Wicklow – T Kennedy; G Bermingham, S Kelly, L Moloney; G Byrne, J Henderson, L Kennedy; E Kearns, R Keddy; C Moorehouse, M Lee, J O'Neill; A O'Brien, W O'Gorman, D Staunton.
Ref – D Hughes (Carlow).