Kildare manager Cian O’Neill: “We very clearly set out our objectives and we won’t deviate from that.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

New Kildare manager, Cian O’Neill insists that the sometimes overinflated expectations of the county’s passionate supporters will not have any bearing(...)

Meath’s Stephen Bray: is available to represent Leinster this weekend though he recently announced his intercounty retirement. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It’s been lost and neglected and kicked around more times than a stray dog and still it refuses to go away. The question won’t go away either: does an(...)

Stephen Rochford: the Ballinrobe native won an All-Ireland club medal with Crossmolina in 2001 and managed Galway club Corofin to the same title last March. Photograph: Inpho

Mayo county committee on Monday night ratified Stephen Rochford as the county’s new football manager and handed him a three-year term subject to annu(...)

Alan Smith goes past Brian O’Driscoll during Kildare’s victory over Cork in the final round of the football qualifiers. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

“You weren’t expecting that, were yiz?” Alan Smith said to those gathered outside the Kildare changing room on Saturday night. Not many saw it coming(...)

Longford’s Diarmuid Masterson gets a second yellow and subsequent red card during the All-Ireland SFC Qualfier in Mullingar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kildare 2-24 Longford 0-11 Eoghan O’Flaherty kicked five points but it was the first-half goal from Eamonn Callaghan that began the onslaught from Kil(...)

Eoghan O’Flaherty goal gave Kildare some breathing space against Offaly. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Kildare 1-15 Offaly 1-13 Pat Flanagan bemoaned what he claimed was a common absence of fair play for “so-called lower teams” after Offaly’s narrow def(...)

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.” (...)

Graham Reilly: the Meath man received an early black card against Kildare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Meath 0-13 Kildare 0-11 For the second successive week Kildare fell short of the winning post as Meath reaffirmed themselves the second best t(...)

Padraig Fogarty of KIldare during their victory over DIT. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jason Ryan is pleased to have another game before the commencement of the league but will be looking for his Kildare side to be more clinical against (...)