Kildare carved a niche for themselves in the history of the GAA at Croke Park today when winning the first ever All-Ireland U20 FC final at Mayo's expense.
The Aaron Masterson captained outfit prevailed on a scoreline of 1-18 to 1-16 against a Mayo team that finished with 14 players following the dismissal of Jordan Flynn late on.
Jimmy Hyland kicked 1-8 in the semi-final win over Kerry and continued his rich vein of scoring form when firing over five first-half points today to help establish a four-point half-time advantage for the Lilywhites.
The Ballyteague clubman finished with 0-10 to his name to bring his overall tally to 3-55 in their eight games this campaign and was a deserving recipient of the 'man-of-the-match' award.
A 7th minute goal by Hyland's full-forward line colleague Brian McLoughlin boosted the Leinster champions into a 1-2 to 0-2 lead before Hyland raised his first white flag of the contest moments later.
They lost left corner-back DJ Earley to a black card early on but, other than that, the early signs were very encouraging for Davy Burke and his team.
Mayo were desperately clinging on to their coat tails but a brilliant Ryan O'Donoghue goal resuscitated the Connacht side's challenge in the 22nd minute.
The team in green and red's captain ran right through the heart of the Kildare defence before dispatching a low shot to the back of the net at the Davin Stand end.
Kildare players celebrate with the trophy. ©INPHO/Gary Carr.
That left the scoreboard reading 1-10 to 1-7 and an entering opening half finished with the team in white 1-13 to 1-9 to the good.
The Mike Solan managed Mayo enjoyed the better of the early second-half exchanges and sent over two points without reply.
Normal service was soon restored at the opposite end of the field, however, and a string of points from Hyland (3) and McLoughlin boosted Davy Burke's charges into a 1-17 to 1-11 lead at the three-quarter hour mark.
To their credit, Mayo fought back and full-forward Ross Egan forced Kildare goalkeeper Aaron O'Neill into a fantastic point blank save in the 56th minute.
With two minutes of normal time remaining, Kildare's lead was down to three but they held on for a famous victory after a goal attempt from a free by Egan was deflected over their crossbar in the last action of the game.
Kildare - A O'Neill; M Dempsey, M Barrett, DJ Earley; S Comerford, J Gibbons, J Bambrick; A Masterson (0-2), D Marnell; D Ryan, P Nash (0-1), T Archbold (0-1); J Hyland (0-10, 2f), B McLoughlin (1-2, 0-1f), P Woodgate (0-2). Subs: M Betts Symonds for DJ Earley (BC), M Glynn for D Marnell, J O'Toole for J Bambrick, C Costigan for P Nash, S Doran for B McLoughlin (BC), S O'Sullivan for P Woodgate.
Mayo - P O'Malley (0-1'45); J Maughan, B O'Malley, J Cunnane; P Lambert, C Horan, O McLaughlin (0-1); E O'Brien (0-1), J Flynn; N Moran, R O'Donoghue (1-3, 0-1f), T Conroy; C Diskin (0-1), R Egan (0-6f), C Moran (0-3). Subs: J Dawson for J Maughan, J Gallagher for E O'Brien, L Hughes for T Conroy, S McGreal for N Moran, S Og Tigue for C Horan (BC).
Referee - N Cullen.Tweet