In-form White drives on Lilywhites
Kildare outclassed Mayo at McHale Park, where the home team didn't manage a score until the 25th minute.
By then Kildare were firmly in command, with Billy White in total control at midfield, while all five forwards hit the target in the opening half and David Harney taking his goal well.
It could have been a lot worse for Mayo had Kildare been more accurate, but despite 10 first-half wides they were rampant.
In fairness to Murt Connolly's charges they didn't drop the heads and two second-half goals from dead-balls by Cathal Freeman put a better gloss on things. But Kildare were always in control and sealed the win.
Man of the Match: B White (Kildare)
scorers -- Kildare: B White 0-8 (4f, 1 '65'), D Harney 1-1, M Moloney 0-4, M Fitzgerald (2f), T Murphy 0-2 each, C Kenny, K Divilly, J Byrne 0-1 each. Mayo: C Freeman 2-2 (2f), E Madigan, P Connell (2 '65') 0-3 each, N Murphy 0-2.
KILDARE -- R Connolly 8; J Doran 9, F O'Muineacháin 8, N O Muineacháin 8; J Byrne 7, R Hoban 7, T Byrne 8; K Divilly 7, B White 9; C Kenny 8, M Moloney 8, L Quinn 7; T Murphy 7, D Harney 8, M Fitzgerald 7. Subs: K Waltzer 7 for Fitzgerald (45), G Sunderland 6 for L Quinn (53), C Buggy 7 for C Kenny (53),J Houlihan 6 for K Divilly (64), M Divilly 6 for D Harney (68).
MAYO -- D O'Brien 7; S Connell 8, A Connolly 8, G Henry 7; S Morley 6, P Connell 8, M Morley 6; D McConn 7, B Higgins 6; N Murphy 6, D McDonnell 6, E Madigan 8; S Broderick 6, R Cullinane 6, C Freeman 8. Subs: D McTighe 7 for Broderick (24), C Ryan 6 for B Higgins (28), D Gallagher 6 for Cullinane (45), B Hunt 7 for M Morley (53), K Feeney 6 for D McTighe (64).
REF -- J O'Mahoney (Limerick).