Kehoe Cup: Lilywhites begin title defence in style
Kildare 3-26 Roscommon 0-6
REIGNING champions Kildare made a stress-free start to the defence of their title at Hawkfield with a shellacking of Roscommon.
First-half goals from Gerry Keegan and Martin Fitzgerald set the Lilies on their way to a landslide victory.
The home side led by 2-12 to 0-3 at the break and continued their demolition job in the second half.
New recruit Ray McLoughney, who has transferred from Tipperary, managed 1-7 in an impressive display.
Roscommon did not muster a single point from play.
SCORERS -- Kildare: R McLoughney 1-7 (0-2fs), M Fitzgerald (1f), G Keegan 1-4 each, W Greene (2fs), M Delaney 0-4 each, M Purcell, K Divilly, K Whelan 0-1 each. Roscommon: S Curley 0-3fs, D Dolan 0-2fs, G Fallon 0-1f.
KILDARE -- P Dermody; J O'Malley, J Doran, P Curtin; R Hoban, M Moloney, B Cahill; N Ó Muineacháin, E O'Neill; W Greene, M Fitzgerald, R McLoughney; G Keegan, P Downey, M Delaney. Subs: M Purcell for Delaney (46), K Divilly for O'Neill (49), T Murphy for Fitzgerald (56), P Coleman for Curtin (56), K Whelan for Ó Muineacháin (63).
ROSCOMMON -- P Dolan; I Delaney, R O'Meara, D Leonard; S Curley, C Doolan, J Rodgerson; T Seale, G Fallon; T Mullen, J Lawlor, C Kelly; D Dolan, N Connaughton, H Rooney. Sub: B Kelly for Fallon, 27.
REF -- S Cleere (Kilkenny)