KILDARE 1-25 ANTRIM 0-14
KILDARE moved safely into the draw for Round 3 of the Qualifiers after a comfortable win in Corrigan Park on Saturday afternoon.
Cian O’Neill’s team played with a slight wind at their backs in the first half but clearly arrived in Belfast determined to make a statement about their intentions for the rest of the season as they ruthlessly exposed the home team.
With Neil Flynn and Adam Tyrrell contributing nine points Kildare led by 0-13 to 0-6 at half time.
They didn’t let up after the break and Fergal Conway netted his second goal of the Championship summer with a well worked effort in the 40th minute.
The game played out with Kildare completely on top and they could even afford to play the last 10 minutes with 14 men after Flynn was withdrawn as a precaution after picking up a knock after all their substitutes had been used.
Kildare now await Monday morning’s draw to see which of the Round 2 winners they are paired with.
Kildare: Neil Flynn 0-8 (3fs), Adam Tyrrell 0-7 (4fs), Fergal Conway 1-2, Jimmy Hyland 0-3, Kevin Feely 0-2, Mick O’Grady 0-1, Jason Gibbons 0-1, Tommy Moolick 0-1
Antrim: Patrick McBride 0-6, Matthew Fitzpatrick 0-3, Ryan Murray 0-2fs, Stephen Beatty 0-1, James McAuley 0-1, Conor Murray 0-1.
KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Mark Dempsey, Mick O’Grady, Peter Kelly; Cian O’Donoghue, Eoin Doyle, David Hyland; Kevin Feely, Fergal Conway; David Slattery Chris Healy, Keith Cribbin; Adam Tyrrell, Ben McCormack, Neil Flynn. Subs: Jimmy Hyland for Healy, 13 b/c; Tommy Moolick for Cribbin, h/t; Eoghan O’Flaherty for Slattery, 42; Mark Hyland for O’Donoghue, 46; Conor Hartley for Kelly, 54: Jason Gibbons for Tyrrell, 56.
ANTRIM: Padraig Nugent; Patrick McCormick, Ricky Johnston, Paddy Gallagher; Declan Lynch, Martin Johnston, Niall Delargy; Colum Duffin, Kevin Quinn; James McAuley, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Stephen Beatty; Ryan Murray, Patrick McBride, Conor Murray.Subs: Ruairi Scott for Quinn, h/t; Eunan Walsh for Johnston, h/t, Ryan McNulty for Duffin, 52; James Smith for Murray, 56; Fintan Burke for Delargy, 63.
REFEREE: Noel Mooney, Cavan.