These two neighbours will fight it out on Sunday in Tullamore for a right to play the winners of the Laois/Westmeath game.
Carlow come into the game in good hope as they hammered Louth in Portlaoise 2 weeks ago by 2-17 to 0-12. They have good players like Paul Broderick, Daniel St Ledger, Darragh Foley and Sean Murphy. Carlow got promoted from Division 4 as well along with Laois.
Kildare come into the game with history on their side when these sides meet. However, they have been in poor from so far this year, they failed to win a game in the league and were subsequently relegated to Division 2 for 2019. However, Cian O’Neill has talent at his disposal, players like Kevin Feely, Daniel Flynn, Eoin Doyle and Johnny Byrne.
The sides will meet in the championship for the first time since 2001 where Kildare won by 5 points in the Leinster quarter final. They have only met twice in 50 years however.
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2001: Kildare 0-19 Carlow 1-11 (Leinster quarter-final)
1980: Kildare 2-17 Carlow 2-11 (Leinster first round)
1965: Kildare 4-10 Carlow 2-9 (Leinster quarter-finals)
1954: Kildare 1-7 Carlow 1-6 (Leinster 1st round) Second replay
1954: Kildare 2-6 Carlow 1-9 (Leinster 1st round) First replay
Carlow beat Louth by 2-17 to 0-12 in the Leinster first round, while Kildare, who were relegated from Division 1 after losing all seven games, are having their first championship outing of the year. Kildare have reached the Leinster semi-final every year since 2010 when they lost to Louth in the quarter final. Carlow are attempting to reach the Leinster semi-final for the first time since 2011
Carlow (Leinster SFC v Kildare): Robbie Molloy; Chris Crowley, Shane Redmond, Conor Lawlor; Jordan Morrissey, Daniel St Ledger, Ciaran Moran; Sean Murphy, Eoghan Ruth; Sean Gannon, Darragh Foley, Diarmuid Walshe; Paul Broderick, Darragh O’Brien, John Murphy.
Kildare (Leinster SFC v Carlow): Mark Donnellan; Peter Kelly, David Hyland, Mick O’Grady; Johnny Byrne, Eoin Doyle, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely, Paul Cribbin; Fergal Conway, Keith Cribbin, Paddy Brophy; Eanna O’Connor, Daniel Flynn, Niall Kelly
Turlough O’Brien “I think we have now reached a stage in our development as a team that we’re not a push-over for any opposition, and we’re certainly looking forward in a big way to the challenge against Kildare.
“And we’ll be ready for Kildare just like we were ready for Dublin and Monaghan (in last year’s Championship),” he pointed out.
Cian O’Neill They played a couple of challenge matches and we won all of them.
“So there is a bit of confidence going back into the camp again because everyone — thankfully — is pulling in the right direction. “So at this stage, the league is well and truly behind us. We’re just really looking forward to the Championship.
Kildare are favourites to win at a massive 1/12 while if you fancy a draw 16/1 is the price and the Carlow win is priced at 7/1 which I would consider a good bet. I do expect Kildare to win this, but the bookies Kildare -7 handicap is something I wouldn’t be considering seen the form they had throughout the league. I would take Carlow +7 at even money to cover the handicap and Kildare to win by 4-6 points at odds of 7/2.