Kildare had a six point victory over Longford in the first round of the O’Byrne Cup in Newbridge with a 1-15 to 0-12 win.
Niall Kelly’s 29th minute goal had given Kildare a 1-7 to 0-7 interval lead. Longford had lead by 0-07 to 0-04 after 27 minutes with 4 points from Robbie Smyth and 3 points by Sean McCormack however the goal propelled Kildare towards victory. Matters were compounded for Longford with Darren Gallagher red carded in the 44th minute.
Longford have two games remaining in the group stage against Carlow IT and Offaly.
Heres the match report from Shannonside FMs Benny OBrien
after the game he caught up with Longford manager Denis Connerton