Hard luck to Sean Healy and the Kildare Minor team who lost the Leinster Final
Kildare 1-12 v Dublin 3-16
Venue: Croke Park, 12 noon
Thanks to Sean Healy who answered some questions for us during the week!
Name: Sean Healy
Date of birth: 27-4-97
Height: 5 ft 9
Position you would like to play: Full Forward
Favourite club player: James Lonergan
Favourite county player: Paul Flynn
Who’s your best friend on the team? Shea Ryan
Biggest influence on your football career: Sos Dowling, Gerry Moran and Paul Murray
Best advice someone has given you: My Ma always says your health is your wealth
Best grounds you’ve played in: St. Conleths park
Best player you’ve played with: Paul Neascal
Best player you’ve played against: Neill Flynn (Maynooth)
Sporting hero: Anderson Silva
One county player you’d like to see play for Moorefield: Michael Murphy
Career high: Winning the Leinster final with the PBS Senior soccer school team
Career low: Losing an u12 county final to St Laurence’s by next score wins after extra time
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ELECTRIC IRELAND LEINSTER MFC FINAL: DUBLIN 3-16 KILDARE 1-12
Dublin captured their 32nd Leinster MFC title on Sunday when a superb opening half display laid the foundation for success against reigning champions Kildare at Croke Park.
Captain Con O’Callaghan led the way with 1-5 in that opening half as Dublin built up a 3-9 to 1-8 interval lead and they never looked like relinquishing that advantage in the second-half.
Kildare, who won their sixth Leinster title a year ago when they defeated Westmeath, were looking to win successive provincial minor crowns for the first time in their history.
And it looked good for them early on when two points from Sean Dempsey and one apiece from Conor Hartley and Evan Flynn helped them open up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead after nine minutes.
But Dublin settled and O’Callaghan really came into the game and they hit the front when the Cuala man worked his way in and drilled a low shot to the net and Warren Egan quickly added a point to lead by 1-4 to 0-5 after 14 minutes.
Kildare hit back and full-forward Sean Dempsey fisted a cross from Stefan Lawlor to the net a minute later. Chris Sallier levelled for Dublin and when O’Callaghan pointed after 17 minutes it put them into a lead they never surrendered.
He added another one shortly afterwards and then Colm Basquel found the net after being set up by Sallier. Dublin did not relent and really the game was over as a contest when Aaron Byrne flashed a superb shot to the net which left the Dubs ahead by 3-9 to 1-8 at the interval.
The second-half was a much more subdued affair with Kildare never looking like getting back into contention and it was Dublin who pushed further in front to lead by 3-14 to 1-9 after 39 minutes.
Kildare responded with points from Eoghan Boyle and two more from Dempsey but they never looked like getting in for the goal which they required to ignite a meaningful comeback and it was Dublin who finished strongly to wrap up the title.
Scorers for Dublin: C O’Callaghan 1-6 (2f), A Byrne 1-2, C Basquel 1-2, W Egan 0-2, C Sallier 0-1, J Burke 0-1, E McHugh 0-1, G O’Reilly 0-1.
Scorers for Kildare: S Dempsey 1-5 (3f, 1 ’45), M Kelly 0-2, E Boyle 0-2, C Hartley 0-1, C Kavanagh 0-1, E Flynn 0-1.
DUBLIN: E Whelan; C Murphy, J Mullins, E Murchan; A Fee, S Clayton, G O’Reilly; A Foley, E McHugh; W Egan, C Basquel, J Burke; A Byrne, C O’Callaghan, C Sallier. Subs: D Monahan for Murphy (30), A Elliott for Egan (47), D McIlgorm for A Foley (51), B Howard for Sallier (54), A McGowan for Fee (58), C Kavanagh for O’Reilly (58).
KILDARE: T Foley; S healy, M Hyland, A Scully; J Flynn, P Mescal, C Earley; E Boyle, C Kavanagh; E Flynn, C Hartley, R Feely; M Kelly, S Dempsey, S Lawlor. Subs: S Ryan for Hyland (28), B McCormack for Lawlor (30), J Corrigan for Kelly (41), P Murray for Harley (50), J Healy for Earley (57).
Referee: J Hickey (Carlow)