Best of luck to the Minor team and management in the replay of the semi-final of the championship!
Moorefield v Sarsfields
Date/Time and Venue to be confirmed
Thanks to Patrick Ward from Kildare Now for the match report!
Minor Football Championship
There are certainly no neutrals that won’t be pleased that these two sides will have to play out another 60 minutes championship action after what was an absolutely enthralling game in Hawkfield on Wednesday night.
In the end it was Mark Murray who bailed his side out as he pointed a free with the last kick of the game to send the Moorefield support into raptures. It wasn’t just his last minute free that will live long in the memory, but his overall contribution as he amassed 10 points during the game and his free taking in general was a joy to watch.
It looked like the Sash were on course to claim the local bragging rights near the end when they came back from a two point deficit through a goal from substitute Brian McDonald and held a one point lead late on, but alas, Moorefield were not to be denied a second crack at their local rivals.
The Sash started the game well, with points from Cian Costigan and a superb effort from Conor Hartley giving them a two point lead early on. That proved to be their last score for 24 minutes though, as Moorefield settled in well and exerted their dominance on proceedings. Murray floated over his first score of the game, before Sean Healy tapped over a close range score after Murray’s free had hit the upright.
Another free from Murray edged Moorefield ahead, before he hit a fine point from play on the left wing, while Jordan McGrath cracked over an almost identical score from the same position. That signalled five unanswered points from Moorefield, and Sarsfields were in serious need of a score. They managed to eventually get back to scoring ways, and did so in style, as Shea Ryan burst forward from midfield, and as the ball found its way to Cian Costigan he slotted the leather into the bottom corner from close range.
Rory O’Donnell followed up with a point from play, before Murray and Costigan swapped points at either end to leave the score at 1-4 to 0-6 at half-time.
The second half was a thrilling contest with both sides trading blows throughout the 30 minutes in a nerve jangling affair. O’Donnell curled over a free for Sarsfields, before the impressive Hartley angled over a point following a fine solo run. Down the other end it was again Murray who replied, and Mark McDermott than got his name on the scoresheet with a fine curling effort from the right wing. Hartley responded with an equally impressive point, but Moorefield then hit a purple patch that looked like it would win them the game.
Murray stroke over four points in the space of seven minutes, three of which came from placed balls to give his side a three point lead heading into the final five minutes. Costigan and Ian Meehan each raised white flags for their sides, before Brian McDonald turned the game on its head when he drove the ball into the top corner after Shea Ryan had laid it off to him.
Moorefield were determined though, and levelled matters through a fine score from Meehan but when Costigan kicked over a fantastic long range free in the final minute for the Sash, they looked on course for the county final. Murray had other ideas however, and floated over a 35 yard free to grant everyone in attendance the chance to witness another epic encounter.
Scorers for Sarsfields: C Costigan 1-4(3f), B McDonald 1-0, C Hartley 0-3, R O’Donnell 0-2(1f)
Scorers for Moorefield: M Murray 0-10(8f), I Meehan 0-2, S Healy, M McDermott and J McGrath 0-1 each.
J Morgan; G Maguire, E O’Connor, S Brown; J Francis, D Shalvey, J Healy; C Hartley, S Ryan; C Galvin, C Costigan, S Doyle, R O’Donnell, P Howard.
Subs used: S Smith, D Ryan and B McDonald.
A Bingham; D Haniffy, M Dempsey, T Tobin; M Buckley, C Barrett, S Healy; E Kavanagh, A Masterson; J Fitzgerald, T Connolly, I Meehan; J McGrath, M McDermott, M Murray.
Subs used: G Naughton.
Best of luck to the Minor team and management in the semi final of the championship!
Moorefield -v- Sarsfields
Wednesday 30th September, 7.30pm
‘Nothing Beats Being There’
MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Moorefield booked their place in the semi-final of the championship last Wednesday night with a comfortable victory over Maynooth. Ian Meehan was first to raise the white flag with a good point from play after a great ball from Sean Healy. Ian Meehan kicked Moorefields second point of the game in the 8th minute before Mark Murray hit a brilliant point from play after a great ball from Mark McDermott in the 15th minute. Mark Murray kicked his second point a minute later to put them four points clear. Moorefield were playing some great football but missed numerous scoring chances over the next 14 minutes. Adam Mac Avinue kicked Maynooths first point of the game in the 30th minute to leave a half time score of 0-04 to 0-01.
Moorefield started strongly in the 2nd half kicking four points in the opening five minutes. Ian Meehan kicked his 3rd of the game within a minute of the throw in after excellent work by Mark Murray and Tom Connolly. Mark Murray kicked his 3rd point of the game a minute later with another good point from play after a great ball from Tom Connolly followed by two pointed frees from Murray to put them into a seven point lead. Aaron Masterson made a brilliant catch at centrefield from the kickout and a great pass to Michael Buckley who sent in a great ball to Mark McDerrmott who kicked a superb point. Moorefield were dominating the game with Aaron Masterson controlling midfield and Mark Dempsey, Ross O’Toole and Michael Buckley excelling in defence. Mark Murray added another two points in the 42nd and 45th minute to put them into a ten point lead. Maynooth got a much needed score in the 47th minute when they were rewarded a penalty that was successfully scored by Eoin Donnellan but Moorefield replied with a well worked point from Aaron Masterson after great work by Mark McDermott, Sean Healy and Mark Murray. Shane Sweeney kicked a good point from play for Maynooth in the 30th minute but Moorefield replied a minute later when Mark Murray kicked his 7th point of the game in the 29th minute with another excellent point from play to leave a final score of 0-13 to 1-02.
Moorefield Scorers: Mark Murray 0-07, Ian Meehan 0-03, Mark McDermott 0-02, Aaron Masterson 0-01.
Maynooth Scorers: Eoin Donnellan 1-00. Adam Mac Avinue 0-01, Shane Sweeney 0-01.
MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Moorefield and Celbridge served up a highy entertaining game for their supporters on Wednesday evening in round 3 of the championship which saw Moorefield secure their place in the quarter final.
Celbridge were first to raise the white flag when the corner forward Conor Doyle pointed from play 20 seconds into the game after Kevin O’Callaghan won posession from the throw in and supplied Doyle for the point . Moorefield’s first score of the game came in the 3rd minute when Ian Meehan kicked a good point from play and they took the lead for the first time in the 8th minute when Jordan Fitzgearld scored a great goal after a good ball from Mark Murray. Celbridge replied with a pointed free from Conor Doyle and an excellent score from Ciaran Fitzgearld to reduced the deficit to a point after ten minutes of play. The teams were level for the second time when centre half forward Cian O’Reilly kicked a good point from play. Celbridge were dominating the game at this stage and put themselves into a two point lead with points coming from Kevin O’Callaghan and Ciaran O’Reagan. Tom Connolly reduced the deficit to a point in the 20th minute when he kicked a brilliant point from play after a great ball from Mark Murray and the team were level for the third time when Mark Murray kicked a brilliant point after Evan Kavanagh won posession from the kick out and sent in a great ball to Tom Connolly who set up Murray for the score. Celbridge were back in the lead a minute later when Cillian Byrne pointed from a free but Mark Murray had the teams level for the fourth time when he kicked his second point of play after excellent work from Mark Dempsey and Tom Connolly. Both teams were playing some excellent football and working hard to secure some scores, the next score of the game came in the 28th minute with a goal from Conor Doyle to put Celbridge into a three point lead. Mark Murray kicked his third point of the game in the 30th minute to leave a half time score of 1-07 to 1-05 in favour of Celbridge.
A converted penalty by Moorefield’s Mark McDermott in the 33rd minute put them in the lead for the 2nd time of the game. Conor Doyle had the teams level for the fifth time a minute later but Moorefield were back in the lead four minutes later after Tom Connolly kicked a superb point from play after a great ball from Ian Meehan. Celbridge replied with a good point from play from Ciaran O’Reagan but Moorefield were back in the lead two minutes later with two vital frees from Mark Murray. Moorefield controlled the next ten minutes of the game playing some fantastic football and Mark McDermott put them three points clear with the score of the game after excellent play involving Evan Kavanagh, Tom Connolly, Mark Murray and Ian Meehan. Mark Murray kicked his 6th point of the game with a well struck 45 yard free followed by a great point from Ian Meehan who made a great run to knock over a score in the 56th minute to put Moorfield into a 1-02 lead. Celbridge kept battling in the final few mintues of the game and added points from Conor Doyle and Ciaran O’Reagan but Moorefield had done enough and deservedly won the game 2-11 to 1-11.
Moorefield v Maynooth
Wednesday 23rd September, 7pm
Venue: St. Kevins
‘Nothing Beats Being There’
Moorefield 2-11 -v- Celbridge 1-11
Tuesday 11th August, 7.30pm
Moorefield 0-11 -v- Clane 1-10
Tuesday 11th August, 7.30pm
MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Moorefield and Kilcock served up a highly entertaining game in the first round of the championship last Wednesday evening a game that saw the teams level seven times. Kilcock were first to raise the white flag when Cian Duke kicked a point from play within the first minute. Moorefields first score came in the 4th minute with a good point from play by Mark McDermott but Kilcock were back in the lead a minute later when Rory Kearns kicked a point from play. Cian Duke pointed from a free in the 6th minute to put Kilcock into a two point lead. Mark Murray reduced the deficit to a point in the 7th minute with a good point from play after a great ball from Michael Buckley. Aaron Masterson levelled the game for the second time with a briliant point and Mark Murray put Moorefield in the lead for the first time in the 18th minute with his second point from play. Both teams were playing some excellent football and it was Kilcock who got the next score of the game with a fine point from play by Cormac Divilly to level the game once again and they were back in the lead a minute later when Cian Duke pointed from a free. Rory Kearns put Kilcock into a two point lead in the 25th minute but Moorefield replied instantly with a superb point by centre half forward Tom Connolly. Jack Foley kicked a good point from play in the 28th minute to put them two clear but Moorefield finished strongly with two points to leave the teams level at half time with 7 points a piece.
Moorefield got off to a flying start in the second half when Evan Kavanagh won posession from the throw in and sent in a great ball to Mark McDermott who kicked a brilliant point from play. Jordan McGrath gave Moorefield a great boost in the 5th minute when Michael Buckley sent in a great ball to him and he beat the Kilcock keeper for a brilliant goal to put them into a 1-01 lead. Kilcock refused to give up and replied with a goal and a point from Cian Duke and Daniel Courteny to level the game once again. Mark Murray kicked his 5th point of the game in the 10th minute after a great ball was played through to him by Sean Healy but Kilcock were level again a minute later when Jack Foley kicked another good point from play. Mark Murray pointed from a free in the 12 minute followed by a great point from Ian Meehan who made a great run to knock over a score to put them into a two point lead. Cian Duke reduced the deficit to a point in the 17th minute when he pointed from a free. Moorefield finished strongly dominating the final ten minutes of the game, Mark McDermott was having a great game and kicked two excellent points from play and Jordan McGrath also kicked a well worked score to secure a well deserve 1-14 to 1-10 win.