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We watched on for this evening’s All-Ireland football qualifier between Kildare and Tyrone.

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RESULT: Tyrone 1-11 Kildare 0-12

It’s a massive night in Newbridge as Mickey Harte and Kieran McGeeney take their sides into action and bid to secure a place in Round 4 of the All-Ireland senior football championship.

The referee for tonight’s match in St Conleth’s Park is Joe McQuillan from Cavan.

How have both teams reached this stage in the season? Well, Kildare started off in Leinster with a win over Offaly before crashing to defeat against Dublin in the provincial semi-final. Yet they got their season back on track with a qualifier win at home to Louth last week with Tomas O’Connor grabbing a crucial goal.

Tyrone lost out at the first hurdle in Ballybofey in Ulster against Donegal. Yet they were too strong for Offaly in the opening round of the qualifiers and then shook off the determined challenge of Roscommon last time out to win by two points.

Here’s the Tyrone team that is named to start tonight.

TYRONE: Pascal McConnell; Aidan McCrory, Conor Clarke, Cathal McCarron; Ryan McKenna, Peter Harte, Conor Gormley; Colm Cavanagh, Sean Cavanagh; Matthew Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, Joe McMahon; Darren McCurry, Stephen O’Neill, Martin Penrose.

Here’s the Kildare team that is named to start.

KILDARE: Shane Connolly; David Hyland, Peter Kelly, Hugh McGrillen; Eamonn Callaghan, Morgan O’Flaherty, Emmet Bolton; Daryl Flynn, Padraig O’Neill; Daniel Flynn, Niall Kelly, Eoghan O’Flaherty; John Doyle, Tomás O’Connor, Paddy Brophy.

We’ll let you know of any late pre-match changes.

It’s a beautiful evening for football in Newbridge and we’re looking forward to a potentially cracking clash.

We’re getting set for action.

Kildare 0-1 Tyrone 0-0: 1 mins – Great start by Kildare as Johnny Doyle superbly jinks past the Tyrone defence and fires over a point.

Padraig O’Neill shoots wildly and wide from the right wing but Kildare have opened brightly in front of their home fans.

Kildare 0-1 Tyrone 0-1: 4 mins – Darren McCurry ties the teams with a pointed free for Tyrone. Stephen O’Neill did excellently to win that free as he was fouled by Peter Kelly.

Tyrone put the ball into the back of the net but it won’t stand. Stephen O’Neill attempted to fist over a point but the ball dropped short into the net and a free out was awarded.

Tyrone 0-2 Kildare 0-1: 7 mins – Sean Cavanagh taps over a free for Tyrone to edge them ahead.

Tyrone win another free when Peter Kelly fouls Stephen O’Neill. Kildare have problems at the back already.

Tyrone 0-3 Kildare 0-1: 9 mins – Doesn’t matter to Sean Cavanagh though as he snaps up the chance to score the free and push Tyrone further ahead.

Tyrone 1-3 Kildare 0-2: 10 mins – Goal for Tyrone from Mattie Donnelly!

Massive boost for Tyrone there as they cut open the Kildare defence and Mattie Donnelly finished with aplomb to the net.

Niall Kelly had hooked over a point for Kildare moments before that Tyrone goal with his left-foot shot whistling just over the crossbar. And Kelly looked to have curled over another point there but the umpires adjudged it to have been wide. That was a contentious decision.

Kildare attack and recycle the ball well against a hard-working Tyrone defence but the move culminates with Daryl Flynn hoofing the ball high and wide. Tyrone have steadied their challenge ego gain a grip on this game. They lead by four points after 15 minutes.

Tyrone 1-4 Kildare 0-3: 18 mins – Johnny Doyle fires over a fine free for Kildare to cut the deficit but it is immediately cancelled out by a really impressive point by Tyrone’s Mattie Donnelly from the sideline.

Kildare have just chalked up their fifth wide of the game.

Kildare bring on Paul Cribbin to replace Daniel Flynn.

Tyrone 1-5 Kildare 0-3: 23 mins – Sean Cavanagh steps up to the mark for Tyrone from play as he confidently swings over a point. They’re looking good right now.

It’s an extremely warm evening in Newbridge and it’s noticeable that the umpires have gone for shirt and ties rather than the traditional white coats.

Strong shouts for a penalty there from Tyrone after Stephen O’Neill is hauled back but the referee waves play on.

Kildare’s shooting is crippling their challenge. Eoghan O’Flaherty drops a shot short from the right wing while Johnny Doyle was inaccurate from a free moments previously.

Tyrone 1-6 Kildare 0-3: 29 mins – Darren McCurry stretches Tyrone’s lead by popping over a free off his left.

Matters heating up in Newbridge with Stephen O’Neill having been booked after a tussle with Peter Kelly. The home fans aren’t happy with that decision. They feel the sanction should have been greater.

Kildare struggling to get a score here. Eoghan O’Flaherty’s 45 effort drops shot and Tyrone can clear their lines.

Eamonn Callaghan gone off the Kildare team. The captain has been replaced by Sean Hurley.

Tyrone 1-6 Kildare 0-4: 37 mins – Johnny Doyle fires over a point to finally end Kildare’s scoring drought. Once again it’s the Allenwood man pointing the way and keeping the Lilywhites in touch.

Half-Time: Tyrone 1-6 Kildare 0-4: And that’s how it stands at the interval with Tyrone ahead by five points.

We’re back underway for the second-half in Newbridge.

Kildare need a vast improvement if they are going to overhaul Tyrone’s five-point advantage.

Tyrone 1-6 Kildare 0-7: 40 mins – Cracking start to the second-half for Kildare as Johnny Doyle points a free, Padraic O’Neill registers from play and then Niall Kelly raises a white flag.

Tyrone 1-6 Kildare 0-8: 42 mins – Now there’s just a point between the sides as Johnny Doyle scores a free for Kildare.

Tyrone 1-6 Kildare 0-9: 44 mins – Paul Cribbin ties the teams with a neat point for Kildare.

This has been an extraordinary comeback by Kildare, who had looked all at sea at stages in the first-half.

Aidan Cassidy has replaced Colm Cavanagh on the Tyrone team.

Penalty for Tyrone!

A foot block by Kildare’s Emmet Bolton and he is shown a yellow card.

Shane Connolly saves the penalty from Stephen O’Neill!

Cracking save by Connolly to deny O’Neill’s left-footed shot.

Tyrone 1-7 Kildare 0-9: 50 mins – Tyrone go back in front when Darren McCurry points a free. They badly needed that score.

Dermot Carlin is on for Tyrone instead of Ryan McKenna in defence.

Tyrone 1-7 Kildare 0-10: 52 mins – We’re level again as Doyle knocks over a free for Kildare.

Seanie Johnston comes on for Kildare instead of Padraic O’Neill.

Chance for Tyrone to edge ahead but Darren McCurry’s efforts tails wide from a free.

Kyle Coney is on for McCurry in the Red Hands attack.

At the other end Alan Smith comes on for Niall Kelly for Kildare.

Tyrone 1-8 Kildare 0-10: 58 mins – Mark Donnelly bursts through to fist over a point for Tyrone. A big score that.

Tyrone 1-9 Kildare 0-10: 59 mins – Now Tyrone are gone two points clear with Sean Cavanagh converting a free.

Ten minutes left. Tense finale in store.

Yellow card for Kildare’s Daryl Flynn.

Tyrone have wrestled back the advantage here.

Peter Kelly sent off for a second yellow card. Massive setback for Kildare.

Tyrone 1-10 Kildare 0-10: 64 mins – Martin Penrose hooks over a free for Tyrone. They’re three points clear and in a really good position now.

Eoin Doyle is on for Kildare for Tomas O’Connor.

Tyrone 1-11 Kildare 0-10: 66 mins – Great measured and patient play by Tyrone as they work the ball upfield and Peter Harte crowns the move with a lovely left-foot score.

Yellow card for Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh.

Tyrone 1-11 Kildare 0-11: 70 mins – Eoghan O’Flaherty fires over a point for Kildare.

Two minutes of injury time to be played.

One last chance for Kildare as they win a sideline on the right wing.

Yellow cards for Kildare’s Paul Cribbin and Tyrone’s Kyle Coney.

Tyrone 1-11 Kildare 0-12: 72 mins – Seanie Johnston’s sideline kick goes over the bar for Kildare.

And that’s it, Tyrone hold on for a two-point victory.

Full-Time: Tyrone 1-11 Kildare 0-12: It’s Mickey Harte’s side who are victorious in this clash in Newbridge.

Tyrone advance now to a Round 4 meeting with Meath in Croke Park next Saturday night. It’s the end of the road for Kildare in this year’s championship. Thanks for joining us tonight and for all your comments.

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Fintan O'Toole