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Report: Lilywhites impress with Saturday Night Lights win over Donegal

The league campaign began with a bang at GAA HQ this evening.

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness argues with the fourth official during final moments of the match.
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness argues with the fourth official during final moments of the match.
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Kildare 2-14 Donegal 1-13

IT WAS FIRST blood to Kieran McGeeney’s Kildare this evening at Croke Park as they saw off All-Ireland champions Donegal.

The sharp-looking Lilywhites ran out four-point winners after what was a very entertaining curtain-raiser for the Allianz National League.

A Tomás O’Connor goal after 20 minutes helped the Leinster side to reel in Donegal, who started brightly, hitting three early points.

A goal from veteran Johnny Doyle looked to have sealed the affair for Kildare but Donegal immediately and dramatically went up the other end and notched one of their own through Dermot Molloy.

The impressive Niall Kelly responded with a point before Eoghan O’Flaherty added another. Michael Murphy — last year’s inspirational skipper — struck for nine points for Jim McGuinness’s men.

Check out our minute-by-minute coverage for more.

Kildare scorers: J Doyle 1-4 ( two frees), T O’Connor 1-0, N Kelly 0-3, M Conway 0-2 (two frees), B Flanagan 0-1, P O’Neill 0-1, H McGrillen 0-1, E O’Flaherty 0-1, P Brophy 0-1

Donegal scorers: M Murphy 0-9 (five frees), D Molloy 1-1, P McBrearty 0-2 (one free), M McHugh 0-1

Kildare: S Connolly; O Lyons, P Kelly, H McGrillen; E Bolton (E Doyle 60), M Foley, M Conway; G White (E O’Flaherty 63), P O’Neill; B Flanagan, D Flynn, N Kelly; S Johnston (P Brophy 55), T O’Connor, J Doyle.

Donegal: P Durcan; M Boyle (M McHugh 32), N McGee, É McGee; F McGlynn (D McLaughlin , half-time), D Walsh, A Thompson; R Kavanagh, M McElhinney; R Wherity, L McLoone, R Bradley; C McFadden (D Molloy 10), M Murphy, P McBreaty.

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