Christy Ring Cup: Derry beaten by Kildare in quarter-final

Ruairi Convery

Derry are out of the Christy Ring Cup after being outclassed 2-15 to 0-10 by Kildare in Saturday's quarter-final.

Kildare led throughout the contest, with goals from Bernard Deay and Ross Kelly in either half, as they booked a last four encounter against Meath.

The visitors were hugely in command throughout the opening half and led by 1-9 to 0-3 at the break.

The Oak Leafers fell further behind in the second half at Owenbeg as they fell foul of a more eager Kildare side.

The hosts failed to lead during the opening 35 minutes, with all three first-half scores coming from Ruairi Convery frees, including one from 80 metres.

The only goal of the opening half came at the end of the first quarter, with Deay bagging Kildare's lone three-pointer to ensure a 1-4 to 0-1 lead.

Brian Lawlor's charges failed to ease up and outscored Derry by five points to two before the interval.

Derry worked hard to cut the gap on the restart, with Convery and Paddy McCluskey scores ensuring a 1-11 to 0-7 score-line entering the final quarter.

But Kildare kicked on with Kelly netting their second goal eight minutes from the end to open up a 10-point lead.

SATURDAY'S RESULTS

Leinster SHC qualifiers

Westmeath 2-12 1-12 London

Christy Ring Cup quarter-finals

Derry 0-10 2-15 Kildare

Wicklow 0-14 1-15 Mayo

Nicky Rackard Cup semi-finals

Roscommon 0-18 2-20 Tyrone

Donegal 1-12 2-11 Fingal

Nicky Rackard Cup relegation play-off

Sligo 0-14 3-12 Monaghan

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