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Watch: Superb Solo Run Helps Kildare To Convincing Win Over Dublin In Leinster Final

Watch: Superb Solo Run Helps Kildare To Convincing Win Over Dublin In Leinster Final

Kildare are the EirGrid Leinster U-20 championship champions after a convincing 1-15 to 0-9 victory over Dublin at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

Dublin had won the last four titles in its previous under 21 format and had started brightly, running up a 0-5 to 0-3 lead with St. Oliver Plunkett's club man Sean Bugler landing two great scores.

However, Kildare roared back into the game and scored the next seven scores to lead 0-10 to 0-5 at the break. Davy Burke's side were clinical with possession and the ever-showing full-forward Brian McLoughlin ensured they had a constant target in the inside line.

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They continued strongly after the break as they relentlessly ran at the Dublin defence.

Jimmy Hyland, who was the star performer three years ago when Kildare won the minor Leinster championship, was once again to the fore and hit 0-9 which included an exhibition from the placed ball.

In the end, it never looked in doubt and Tony Archbold scored a late penalty to secure a deserved win.

For Dublin, their championship is now over and centre-forward James Madden can now turn attention towards his future amidst reports that he received several offers from AFL clubs to play in Australia.

SEE ALSO: Dublin Knocked Out Of Championship But Joy For Wicklow After Superb Victory

Maurice Brosnan

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