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26/09/2021

Kildare open with impressive win

Lilies too much power for Donegal

Kildare open with impressive win

Kildare midfielder Paul Divilly races on to the breaking ball during the National Hurling League Division 2B against Donegal played at St Conleths Park, Newbridge

KILDARE 4-29 DONEGAL 0-13

Kildare hurlers kick-started their National League Division 2B campaign with a clinical 27-point victory over Donegal at St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge.

David Heirty’s men received for last weekend’s opening round of fixtures, but displayed no signs of rustiness as they collected two points with minimal fuss.

In a blistering opening to the contest, the Lilywhites raced six points clear courtesy of unanswered scores by Paul Divilly (two), the returning Declan Flaherty, Kevin Aherne and Brian Byrne (two). Declan Coulter did his utmost to keep Donegal in contention, but a stoppage-time penalty from James Burke - who had a similar effort saved by Luke White earlier in the half - helped Kildare to establish a 1-12 to 0-5 interval cushion.

Burke subsequently added his second goal on the resumption, before Johnny Byrne and Conor Dowling added further goals to ease the hosts past their overwhelmed Ulster counterparts.

Scorers: Kildare: Brian Byrne 0-11 (7f, 2 ’65’), James Burke 2-1 (1-0 pen), Johnny Byrne 1-3, Conor Dowling 1-1 (0-1f), Paul Divilly, Kevin Aherne, Caolan Smith 0-3 each, Sean Whelan 0-2, Declan Flaherty, Conor Kielty 0-1 each.

Donegal: Declan Coulter 0-7 (7f), Danny Cullen 0-3, Ciaran Mathewson 0-2 (2f), Niall Cleary 0-1.

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