Tyrone's 12 game unbeaten run came to an end at GAA headquarters on Sunday afternoon as a late Kildare flourish saw the Lilywhites take the Allianz Football League Division Two title on a 0-16 to 0-11 scoreline.
Kieran McGeeney's charges held a slender advantage at the break with three Mikey Conway frees - the Nurney clubman was to add another free and a point from play - helping their cause greatly after the evergreen Johnny Doyle opened the scoring with an exquisite point before Stephen O'Neill fired a glorious goal chance inches outside the right-hand post as the first-half drew to a close after fielding a wonderful Owen Mulligan pass.
Amazingly, the first-half lasted 49 minutes following a serious injury to Tyrone corner-back Aidan McCrory who was removed from the pitch on a stretcher following a lengthy delay.
Two minutes into the second-half the sides were level thanks to Mulligan and on 55 minutes the Ulster outfit moved 0-10 to 0-9 ahead as the previously anonymous Sean Cavanagh opened his account with a fine point.
However, that was as good as it got for the Red Hand men as Mickey Harte's men would not trouble the scoreboard again until the game was up as Kildare pushed on with substitute Padraig Fogarty making a huge difference as seven late points, three of them from the aforementioned Fogarty, carried the rampant Lilywhites to triumph.