Barry Cahill believes that Kildare's first league or championship win over Dublin since 2000 can be a watershed moment for the Lilywhites.

Glenn Ryan’s men got the better of their long dominant neighbours by a goal in their Allianz Football League Division 1 clash at Newbridge on Sunday.

"It was a really big win for Kildare," former Dublin star Cahill told 2fm’s Game On.

"A very significant win for this group of players and obviously for the new management team.

"That type of win will bring them to another level in terms of the ideas the management team are bringing to the squad. Two home games now against Kerry and Dublin and they’ve picked up three points.

"A Leinster team beating Dublin is significant. That group of players have suffered a lot to Dublin over the last 10, 12 years.

"They probably hadn’t had a meaningful won over them for 20 years so it was great for Kildare and certainly a win they deserved."

Jimmy Hyland scored 1-05 of Kildare's 1-12 total

An unusual feature of the contests was the so-often clinical Dubs spurning numerous chances.

"At certain times Dublin were going quite well and they certainly could have got something out of the game if they had been more clinical up front," said 2011 All-Ireland winner Cahill.

"It is unusual to see some of these players with multiple All-Stars and All-Irelands missing chances for points or goals. They probably left about 3-05 on the pitch.

"The positive is that they created the chances but certainly it has been a bit of a pattern over the last three or four games that they haven’t been as clinical as we expect.

"Obviously they had ridiculously high standards after the last seven or eight years but it is a bit of concern for Dessie Farrell and the management team that they aren’t converting these chances.

"And it’s not the new guys that are missing them, it’s the more seasoned guys. Maybe trying to overplay the ball and not taking on responsibility themselves but I’m sure it’s something they’ll be keen to address now."

Dessie Farrell has plenty to ponder ahead of the remaining Division 1 fixtures

It is the first time that Dublin have lost four in row in the league since 1972 and although Cahill concedes that relegation is now a real possibility, he is confident that the county who won six on the trot from 2015-20 will vie for Sam Maguire once again.

Dublin beat Kildare by eight points in last year’s Leinster decider before losing in the All-Ireland semi-final to Mayo.

"When we get to the heat of the Leinster championship, a lot of what happens in January and February is usually forgotten about," said Cahill. "That’s just the nature of it.

"Dublin have so many players to still come back. They’ll be a different outfit with the likes of Paddy Small, Cormac Costello and Con O’Callaghan in the forward line.

"If these two teams play to form you’re looking at a possible Dublin-Kildare Leinster final at the end of May.

"I think that game in Croke Park would be very different from what take place in Newbridge so I don’t think it’s overly alarming in that sense.

"But certainly that Dublin lost yesterday, to avoid relegation is now an uphill task. You’re looking at minimum five points to stay up and they probably need to win all three games left.

"It won’t be ideal preparation going in to the Leinster championship but I would still be confident that when they get all their players back later in the summer they’ll be All-Ireland contenders."

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