Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly scores the  first of his two goals in the Leinster SFC semi-final against Kildare at Croke park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Things could have worked out a bit better for Kildare: not in the obvious sense that applies to any 19-point defeat but in the way the afternoon unfol(...)

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(...)

TJ Reid is one of four Ballyhale Shamrocks players to return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday’s Division 1A releagtion play-off with Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny have wheeled out the big guns for Sunday’s Division One A relegation play-off against Clare. As expected manager Brian Cody has given instant(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring his sides second goal on hte stroke of halftime at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 4-16 Kildare 1-09: What initially threatened to be a competitive Leinster football semi-final ended up being Kildare’s heaviest defeat to Dubli(...)

Kildare's Alan Smith is bundled over the sideline by Conor Gormley during the league game in Newbridge last month. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Croke Park, 2.0 The first semi-final brings together two (...)