Antrim 0-11 Kildare 1-17
Kildare showed why they are one of the favourites for promotion from Division Two of the NFL with a 1-17 to 0-11 victory over Antrim at Casement Park on Sunday.
The new O’Byrne Cup champions are hoping to make it to the top tier next season and made the perfect start to their campaign this afternoon. Johnny Doyle was in excellent form with the boot and contributed eight points to his sides final tally.
Each county finished with 14 men, Antrim’s Andy McClean sent off for a second yellow card while Kildare’s Emmett Bolton was also sent to the line.
Kieran McGeeney’s side led by 0-6 to 0-4 at half time after a quiet opening half during which Doyle and Cunningham traded early frees.
Nearly 18 minutes elapsed before Kildare’s Eamonn Callaghan kicked the first score of the game from play, before his side went two clear at half-time thanks to four points without reply, from Brian Flanagan, Hugh Lynch, Fionn Dowling and a free from Doyle.
Mark Dougan scored Antrim’s first point from play after the restart, but Kildare then took over with points from Callaghan and Brian Flanagan.
Antrim’s challenge was finished when Keith Cribben it a late goal for the visitors with time almost up. On this evidence Kildare look the team to beat in this division over the coming weeks.