Kieran McGeeney’s resurgent Kildare side took another step towards promotion with a hard fought four point victory over Louth in Drogheda
The result was their third straight victory and moves the Lilywhites into second place in Division 2 on a day when Galway Meath and Monaghan all slipped up.
They never trailed in this one and really cruised to victory thanks to goals James Kavanagh and Morgan O’Flaherty which at one stage opened up a ten point lead.
However, in contrast to last week’s demolition against Monaghan Louth refused to give up the ghost and managed to claw their way back to within four by the final whistle.
It wasn’t enough though and the R word now looms large for the Wee County, although more performance like this from Darren Clarke (0-11) will surely see them to safety.
The visitors got off to a flyer and were five points clear with less than a quarter of an hour gone.
Mikey Conway and Johnny Doyle both kicked a couple of points while only Mark Brennan could get on the board for Louth.
Louth refused to buckle and from trailing 0-6 to 0-1 they managed to get back within one point by halftime as Kildare fell away after their bright start with Clarke doing much of the damage for Louth, kicking four points.
Things could have been even better had Derek Maguire not unluckily struck the bar on two separate occasions.
Kildare opened the second half with another blitz and managed to kill the game off in the third quarter. Inspired by the rampaging Doyle they scored 1-5 unanswered and streaked away from the home side.
Doyle was the provider for their first goal, his pinpoint pass putting Kavanagh in on goal in the 44th minute. His teammate did not squander the pass instead sending the ball into the net
Both sides traded scores over the next 10 minutes before the Lilywhites ended the contest as O’Flaherty fired home to put them ahead 2-15 to 0-11.
Credit must go to Louth as they played hard until and scored six unanswered (five of them frees by Clarke ) to make the scoreline respectable and give the visitors a scare.
It was not enough though and despite the late lapse Kildare’s recent fine run continues.