Kildare will have their hands full trying to prevent Diarmuid Connolly (left) and Paul Flynn from spraying kick passes into the danger zone and keeping tabs on the full forwards. Photograph: Inpho

In two-year increments Kildare’s challenge to Dublin has slipped away since the 2009 Leinster final. The tale is told most graphically by the bookm(...)

Kildare’s Tommy Moolick celebrates scoring the equalising point in the Leinster SFC quarter-final at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Kildare 0-16 Laois 0-16 “Games, games, games,” Kildare manager Jason Ryan was hardly downbeat. “Competitive games — that’s really important for us.” (...)

Dublin’s Michael Dara Macauley is sent off  late in normal time by referee David Gough during the O’Byrne Cup final against  Newbridge. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin 0-24 Kildare 0-19 (aet) A strong extra-time in St Conleth’s Park before a crowd of approximately 8,000 gave Dublin a first O’Byrne Cup in seve(...)

Kildare manager Jason Ryan: ‘A number of the teams we’re going to be playing have had more time on the pitch in preparation for the games.’ Photograph: Inpho

As Wexford manager when the GAA introduced the winter training ban in 2010, Jason Ryan was one of the initiative’s loudest critics.The rules regardin(...)

Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan attempts to clear his lines at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Monaghan 2-16 Kildare 2-14 (after extra time, Monaghan 1-13 Kildare 2-10 after normal time)Monaghan eventually secured the last spot in the All-Irelan(...)

Down’s Kevin McKernan gets his shot away despite the efforts of  Kildare’s Shane Connolly at Páirc Esler. Photo: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Kildare 1-18 Down 0-11 A team with an identity crisis is one that will always leave you scratching your head. Which is the real Kildare? Yesterday’s (...)

Down’s Kevin McKernan gets his shot away despite the attempted block from  Kildare’s Shane Connolly during the  All-Ireland SFC Round 2B Qualifier at  Páirc Esler in Newry. Photograph:William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Down 0-11 Kildare 1-18Kildare huffed and puffed and finally blew Down away in the All-Ireland football championship qualifier at Newry where Jason Rya(...)

Kildare’s Hugh McGrillen tackles Meath’s Stephen Bray during the Leinster semi-final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Meath 2-16 Kildare 0-17 Led from the front by Stephen Bray, Meath sprang a nasty surprise on Kildare at Croke Park in yesterday’s Leinster football s(...)

Kildare manager Jason Ryan with Paddy Brophy after the win over Louth at Croke Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin’s shock and awe routine brings with it plenty of collateral damage, chiefly and most obviously the shortening of careers that might otherwise (...)

Kildare’s Niall Kelly scores a point with James Stewart of Louth chasing during the Leinster  SFC  quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Kildare 1-22 Louth 1-7: This regularly happens to a young boxer. Stung so painfully by an early salvo of jabs and hooks from a superior opponent, they(...)