Football League Division Two: Kildare 1-15 3-13 Down
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Down hit 2-1 in injury-time to grab a dramatic four-point victory over a shell-shocked Kildare in their Football League Division Two match at Newbridge.
Niall Kelly's goal helped Kildare lead 1-5 to 0-5 and while three Donal O'Hare frees brought Down level, the Lilywhites led 1-7 to 0-9 at half-time.
Kildare moved three ahead again before Down sub Caolan Mooney netted to level.
The home side restored a three-point lead before the injury-time goals from Arthur McConville and O'Hare.
McConville reached quickest to net as the ball came back off the woodwork after Kildare keeper Mark Donnellan opted against attempting to field a 45-metre free from Paul Devlin.
That goal brought the sides level as the game entered injury-time and the Kildare keeper compounded matters as his quick kick-out gifted possession to Down, with Devlin then able to kick over another point.
As Kildare completely lost their composure, Down notched another goal within 30 seconds with O'Hare supplying the finish as the Lilywhites suffered a collapse reminiscent of last Spring's league game collapse against Tyrone.
Devlin and O'Hare had kicked the opening points of the game before scores from Paddy Fogarty and Kelly levelled the game and the sides went point for point as before Darroch Mulhall's pass set up Kelly's 20th-minute goal to put Kildare 1-5 to 0-5 ahead.
Three O'Hare frees soon brought Down level but an Eoghan O'Flaherty point helped Kildare edge 1-7 to 0-9 ahead by half-time.
Kildare extended their advantage to three after the restart but Down were on terms again as half-time substitute Mooney ran straight through the home defence to lash home a glorious goal.
The Lilywhites appeared to have regrouped impressively as they moved two ahead once more and they had the chance to put the match to bed, only for Down sub goalie Steven Kane to save Padraig Fogarty's poorly-taken penalty.
The penalty save was Kane's first action after Down's starting keeper Michael Cunningham had been black carded for the foul that had led to the spot-kick.
Kildare led by three on two more occasions in the game as Fogarty also missed another goal chance when he blasted against the crossbar.
They remained three in front as the match entered injury-time before the match was turned completely on its head by the late drama.
ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE RESULTS
Tyrone 0-09 1-13 Monaghan
Donegal 1-15 0-12 Derry
Fermanagh 0-16 0-07 Louth
Waterford 0-14 0-10 Wicklow
Cork 1-15 0-16 Dublin
Kerry 0-10 2-11 Mayo
Galway 2-13 1-12 Meath
Roscommon 1-11 0-14 Cavan
Westmeath 1-12 0-10 Laois
Kildare 1-15 3-13 Down
Clare 1-16 0-05 Wexford
Limerick 0-14 1-09 Sligo
Armagh 2-08 0-13 Tipperary
London 1-02 0-09 Offaly
Leitrim 0-15 1-12 Longford
Antrim 1-12 0-15 Carlow