Derry’s senior hurlers fell to a disappointing Allianz League defeat at Hawkfield on Sunday, when a Kildare goal-blitz ensured the home side would earn both points.
The Lilywhites continue to look like they’re head and shoulders above every team in Division 2B, as they put the Oak Leafers to the sword at Hawkfield.
James Burke and Johnny Byrne got goals for the Lily Whites in the seven minutes spell before half time, and Byrne added two more before Conor Dowling also found the net in the third quarter to put a lopsided look on the scoreboard (5-17 to 1-14) that was somewhat unkind to a wholehearted Derry performance.
Brian Cassidy chipped in with a late Derry goal but the Oak Leafers will now be looking ahead to their first home tie of the campaign, against Donegal in a fortnight’s time.
Teams and scorers
Kildare: Paddy McKenna; Cathal Derivan, Rian Boran, Simon Leacy; Kevin Whelan, Declan Flaherty, Sean Christiansen; Cathal Dowling, Paul Divilly (0-3); Kevin Aherne, James Burke (1-1), Johnny Byrne (3-4); Tadhg Forde (0-1), Jack Sheridan (0-2), Brian Byrne (0-3)
Subs: Shane Ryan (0-1) for Cathal Dowling (30), Conor Dowling (1-0) for T Forde, David Slattery (0-1) for Sheridan (both 47), Cathal McCabe for Aherne (49), Colm Chan (0-1) for Divilly, Cian Forde for Christanseen (both 57), Cian Shanahan for Burke (64)
Derry: Oisin O’Doherty; Conor Kelly, Brian Óg McGilligan, Darragh McCloskey; Sean Cassidy, John Mullan (0-1), Meehaul McGrath; Eoghan Cassidy, Gerald Bradley; Mark McGuigan, Cormac O’Doherty (0-4), Richie Mullan; Odhran McKeever, Brian Cassidy (1-7), Se McGuigan (0-1)
Subs: Shea Cassidy (0-1) for McKeever (47), Conor McAllister for R Mullan (55), Deaghlan Foley for McGuigan (58)
Referee: Kevin Jordan (Tipperary)