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Published: 19:09 | 21/5/16

Kildare edge Wexford at Croke Park

Lilywhites secure one-point win in Dublin

Kildare recorded a nervy 0-9 to 0-8 quarter-final victory over Wexford in the Leinster Senior Football Championship.

The Lilywhites led by four points at the end of a relatively dull first half on a rainy evening in Dublin.

Wexford fought back in the second period but a late miss from Ciaran Lyng ultimately consigned the Slaneysiders to defeat, as Kildare progressed to the last four of the Leinster competition.

Kildare go on to meet either Offaly or Westmeath in the provincial semi-finals, while David Power and his side drop into the first round of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

In the first period at Croke Park on Saturday evening, Championship debutant Neil Flynn did the greatest damage, with Alan Smith also to the fore, as Kildare scored seven points to Wexford's three.

The Model Troops, though, began the second half well, with Donal Shanley punishing Kildare indiscipline by clipping over a brace of frees, before a fine Colm Keogh point got Wexford to within a point.

Kevin O'Grady grabbed the levelling score, as the sides entered the final 20 minutes.

However, Eamonn Callaghan scored almost immediately after coming off the Kildare bench to restore his side's lead and subsequently fed fellow substitute Cian O'Donoghue, who made it a two-point game.

A third Shanley free of the half reduced the gap to the minimum before an Ollie Lyons foul provided Wexford with the opportunity to level once again, only for Lyng to replace Shanley on free-taking duties and miss the target with his late attempt.

Cian O'Neill's men were able to cling on for victory in the small amount of time that remained and scrape their way forward in Leinster.

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