Kehoe Cup round-up: Kildare breeze into semi-final
KILDARE 3-17 GMIT 0-12
REIGNING champions Kildare booked their place in the semi-finals thanks to an emphatic 14-point victory against GMIT.
The hosts made light work of the visiting students at Hawkfield and had the game wrapped up by half-time.
Leading 2-10 to 0-4 at the interval, Kildare cruised through the second half. GMIT were at least more competitive after half-time, adding eight points to Kildare's seven, but there was only ever going to be one winner.
Tipp native Peadar Downey – one of three permit players from Tipp in Brian Lawlor's side – netted Kildare's third goal in the 46th minute.
Downey's 1-2 combined with 0-5 from Willie Green and 0-3 from Ray McLoughney meant that the Lilies' three new recruits provided enough ammunition on their own to account for GMIT.
Kildare are now just one game away from their second successive appearance in the Kehoe Cup final. They will play either Down or Fingal on February 2.
SCORERS – Kildare: P Downey, M Fitzgerald 1-2 each; W Greene 0-5 (4fs), M Purcell 1-1, R McLoughney 0-3 (1f), R Hoban 0-2; R Casey, P Kennedy 0-1 each. GMIT: S Moloney 0-6 (4fs), C O'Donnell 0-3, P Flanagan, J Kilkenny, G Hennelly 0-1 each
KILDARE – P Dermody; J O'Malley, J Doran, P Curtin; N Ó Muineacháin, M Moloney, R Hoban; B White, B Cahill; R McLoughney, M Fitzgerald, W Greene; M Purcell, P Downey, M Delaney. Subs: B Deay for Delaney (45); R Casey for Purcell (50); K Divilly for Cahill, 56; P Kennedy for Hoban, 53.
GMIT – J Egan; P Fox, P Hoban, A Lardner; G Grealish, K Lane, S Collins; D McGreal, P Flanagan; J Kilkenny, G Brennan, C O'Donnell; G Hennelly, S Moloney, T Spellman.
REF – S Cleere (Kilkenny)