Trailing by 0-7 to 0-4 at the interval, Kildare moved smoothly into the lead with five points in succession before conceding a penalty, which was converted by Dublin’s Tomas Quinn. At that stage the difference was a point and it looked as is Kildare’s second-half endeavors were in vain, but Tadgh Fennin leveled the scores and Eddie McCormack then sent over a superb point in the last minute to settle the contest.
Their opponents in the final will be Longford, who got the better of Wexford by 4-4 to 0-12 in Gorey. Wexford’s defensive slipups proved costly as the winners took full advantage with goals by Trevor Smullen, who scored two, Padraic Davis and David Barden.
Meanwhile, superb individual performance by Owen Mulligan sent Tyrone into the semifinal of the McKenna Cup. Mulligan scored 2-3 as Tyrone saw off Antrim’s challenge by 3-16 to 2-8 at Coalisland, while Monaghan defeated an experimental Derry side by 2-13 to 0-12 in the other quarterfinal.
Also, Clare edged Limerick in the semifinal of the McGrath Cup, 0-10 to 1-6, setting up a final meeting with Tipperary, who beat Waterford by 1-8 to 2-4.