Kildare 1 14
Kerry 1 13
Leading by one point at half time, a good start was needed for the Lilywhites as the second half commenced at Gaelic Stadium, Limerick.
After two frees by the man of the match, Jimmy Hyland and a point from Kerry, it was 11-9 in favour of Kildare as Kerry seemed then to close down Kildare for a 10 minute period when both sides had a few wides.
Just when Kerry seemed threatening, Kildare re established their pace and reverted to some classy long range points from Aaron Masterson and Jimmy Hyland with Brian McLoughlin giving excellent ball in, and Kildare were leading by 13-9 with 14 minutes to go.
Man of the Match Jimmy Hyland
A soft free to Kerry resulted in a poor pass between the Kingdom backs and was quickly intercepted and passed into Hyland who made no mistake and rattled the back of the Kerry net! 1-13 to Kildare, Kerry 0-10.
Clearly rattled themselves, Kerry missed an easy free but Michael Potts made a determined shot on goal before Kerry notched up another point, followed by another, giving Kildare a two point advantage with less than one minute of normal time to go, 1-14 to 1-12.
Six minutes of extra time added and the Lilywhite and Kingdom fans were on their feet. Resounding applause for Hyland as he left the pitch, replaced by Niall Murphy with three minutes to go. Sean O'Leary pointed for the Kingdom, with the Lilywhites leading by one point.
A free for Kildare as they held possession with seconds to go, and the Kildare U20s were through to the All-Ireland U20s Football Championship!!!
A committed performance from both sides but a win for the Lilywhites! Full report to follow from Robert Cribbin.
Kildare v Mayo for the final.....
Feature photo shows Kildare winning U20 side photographed last week after they won the Leinster title, Photo Pat Tinsley
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