Kildare are the winners of the Allianz Hurling League after beating Mayo by a margin of eight points in MacHale Park.
It was a winner takes all decider to close out the group and despite Kildare’s impressive record in the division, a Mayo win would have meant promotion for Derek Walsh’s side.
Mayo upset the pre-match odds in the first half and were keeping up with the Division 2B heavyweights in the early stages.
Sean Regan scored the early goal having been put through by captain Keith Higgins and Mayo didn’t look back for the remainder of the half keeping Kildare at arms bay. Towards the end of the half, David Kenny saw yellow and the sin-bin for a challenge in the square.
Bobby Douglas pulled off a remarkable save from Jack Sheridan’s penalty and Mayo kept tipping away despite the man advantage. The last action of the half cut the deficit to just five at the break as David Slattery fired past Douglas to keep Kildare in sight of the hosts.
Kildare took charge in the second half hitting seven unanswered scores to take advantage of the scoreboard. They kept Mayo at arm’s length for the remainder of the game and seen their task through to win promotion. A Conor Dowling goal in added time truly put the hosts out of sight.