It was a game that more than lived up to the hype and justified Kildare's insistence of having it played in Newbridge.
Four days after claiming a victory over the GAA by getting their All-Ireland football qualifier against Mayo moved from Croke Park to St. Conleth's Park on the basis that they were entitled to home advantage, the Lilywhites pulled off an even bigger victory this evening when they sent the All-Ireland finalists of the last two years packing from the championship.
On Twitter, Kildare supporters were understandably euphoric while Mayo fans were left wondering if their two-point defeat finally spells the end for this team.
Imagine trying to take this away from GAA, Saturday summer nights in the provinces, home advantage. What a game, people are crying, Kildare delivered tonight. Mayo, one of the most admirable teams ever, went out on their sword. Kildare had energy off the bench a d composure 21-19 pic.twitter.com/T4sdgMdhmm- Daragh Ó Conchúir (@RebelDevil71) June 30, 2018
Credit to Kildare but also to that Mayo team after long time on the road. They'll be back.- Pearse Corcoran (@pearsecorcoran) June 30, 2018
Great result for the people of Kildare after the board, players and management showed courage all week.- Joe Brolly (@JoeBrolly1993) June 30, 2018
Might be the end for Stephen Rochford, far from the end for Mayo.- Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) June 30, 2018
In a few years time there'll have been more in Newbridge than there was in Thomond Park 40 years ago! Great energy from Kildare.- Colm Keys (@KeysColm) June 30, 2018
The Mayo footballers are still the greatest story in Irish sport this decade. They deserve more than they have got, but they've earned respect from everyone.- Ger Gilroy (@gergilroy) June 30, 2018
Kildare for Sam!!!- Dermot Earley (@dermotearley) June 30, 2018
Fair play @KildareGAA fully deserving of their win. 2 massive wins for them this week. @MayoGAA have given us some journey and will come again after regrouping and introducing some new blood. #gaa #kildare #mayo- Conor.mortimer (@Conmort) June 30, 2018
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees. Feargal McGill. Alan Milton. Nickey Brennan. Tom Ryan. Neddy Quinn. Neddy Quinn. You boys took one hell of a beating.- Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) June 30, 2018
It's a kip but it's our fucking kip!!! #NewbridgeOrNowhere- Kildaregaa365 (@kildaregaa365) June 30, 2018
Kildare's greatest win since 2000. Amazing, and it proves why democracy matters. Incredible performance from a team that deserves endless respect. WOO HOO- Ger Gilroy (@gergilroy) June 30, 2018
Some win for Kildare. Fully deserved. They're a very good footballing team. Home advantage counts, imagine administrators tried to take that off them- Colm Parkinson (@Woolberto) June 30, 2018
Kildare. Justified. Took on the establishment & won. Full of respect for them. Deserve their success- Thomas Niblock (@thomasniblock) June 30, 2018
Mayo For Sam 2019! Well done Kildare, what a win.- Hill 16 Army (@Hill16Army) June 30, 2018
If Kildare win tonight I will get jimmy hyland tattooed on my arse- buddy (@dano277) June 30, 2018