10 times the sides were level! Kildare didn't take the lead until 90 seconds of normal time left. Scored a 7th minute injury time goal, immediately conceded one, and just held on to win by 3 points with a late, late, late burst.
Kildare started without Kevin Feely on the bench, but when the Athy player was introduced late in the 2nd half he make three crucial interventions.
The first half was a fairly even affair with never more than a point or two between the sides.
Kildare lost Niall Kelly to a Black Card after only 3 minutes; he was replaced by Éanna O’Connor.
Longford went into an early 2 point lead, but two Neil Flynn points had Kildare level on 7 minutes (he would score 4 in the first half).
From there to half time, the sides swopped points, with Longford being a point ahead most of the time,
A Daniel Flynn point just before the interval left the score 0-9 to 0-8 in favour of Longford at half time. But Longford had hit the Kildare crossbar twice!
Midway through the 2nd half, the sides were level 11 pts all.
Kildare were conceding unnecessary frees which kept Longford in touch and they went ahead with another free on 46 minutes.
3 consecutive Kildare wides followed.
With 10 minutes remaining there was still only 1 pt between the sides: Longford 0-13 to 0-12, but Fergal Conway then levelled with his 3rd pt of the game.
Kildare followed up immediately but Paul Cribbin then missed a very good chance to put Kildare ahead, as Kildare continued to waste possession.
Kevin Feely was then introduced, with Fergal Conway off with an apparent injury.
With 90 seconds left Kildare took the lead for the first time, when captain Eoin Doyle fisted a point 0-14 to 0-13.
6 minutes of injury time was then signalled.
But, once again Kildare conceded an easy free 45 metres out but the kick landed in the arms of Mark Donnellan.
Kildare worked the ball out with Paul Cribbin, Chris Healy, Paddy Brophy and Kevin Feely finishing with a great point to put the Lilies 2 pts ahead 0-15 to 0-13, with 4 minutes of injury time remaining.
Longford hadn’t scored for the previous 20 minutes: their last point in the 56th minute.
Kildare attacked again through David Slattery but it broke down; to compound things Peter Kelly was sent off on a 2nd yellow for throwing the ball away after the whistle.
Kildare counter attacked and with Kevin Flynn, Daniel Flynn and Chris Healy with the latter goaling on 77 minutes. But, Longford immediately struck for a goal 1-15 to 1-13.
However Kildare struck for a final point from Paul Cribbin after more good Feely work to cling on for the 1-16 to 1-13 win and entry to Monday’s Round 3 Qualifier Draw.
Phewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Just about! But, Kildare's summer is still alive!