Kildare too strong for Laois

Kildare overcame a jittery opening few minutes to produce an impressive display in the third round of this year’s qualifier series and lay down the gauntlet to the other challengers for the 2011 All-Ireland title.

The Lilly Whites put Laois to the sword in what was a tour de Force second half performance, running out fifteen point winners in the end.

Despite some positive moments, Justin McNulty’s Laois side could not cope with the pace of the sustained Kildare attack and now must go back to the drawing board as they reflect on a disappointing championship campaign.

It was goals which ultimately separated the two sides as Kildare proved more adept at slicing open their opponents attack, particularly in the second half.

Laois began the stronger of the two and opened up a two point lead as the lively Ross Munnelly looked dangerous in the Laois attack.

It was four minutes before Kildare registered their first score in the most effective manner with John Doyle stepping up to slot home a penalty for the Lilly Whites.

Kildare took the lead for the first time before Laois quickly equalised, punishing Kildare for their inaccurate shooting.

Despite struggling to register points, luck was on Kildare’s side as another goal came, this time courtesy of Tomás O’ Connor, to give the visitors a 2-03 to 0-6 points lead at the interval.

Despite a low scoring first half, Kildare hit the gas in the second half as Laois faded and Kieran McGeeney’s men hit 1-07 in the closing quarter with substitute James Kavanagh slotting home Kildare’s third goal.

Kavanagh followed up his goal with a masterful point, an effort which will certainly give Mc Geeney food for thought before the next round of this year’s championship.

Kildare it seemed had rememberd their shooting boots at half time with ten players getting on the score board as the finishing line approached and the flood gates began to open.

Despite a temporary reprieve mid-way through the second half, Laois failed to plug the gaps in their defence with free taker John Doyle putting in a impressive display while Ollie Lyons, Hugh Lynch, Doyle and Fionn Dowling were all on target for the Lilly Whites.

Laois only managed three points in a half dominated by the scoring prowess of the Kildare men as Kavanagh, Brian Flanagan and Doyle raised white flags late on to put a gloss on a truly satisfying win.

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