Minor’s reach Championship Final

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Published on October 10, 2015 with

Congratulations to the Minor team and management who have reached the Minor Championship Final after a brilliant win over Sarsfields in the semi-final replay!

Moorefield 2-13

Sarsfields 1-09 

MINORS SEMI

Best of luck to the team and management in the County Final

Moorefield v Clane

Sunday 18th October, 2pm 

Venue: St. Conleths 

‘Nothing Beats Being There’ 

Thanks to Patrick Ward from Kildare Now for the match report! 

Moorefield 2-13

Sarsfields 1-9

Minor A Championship semi-final

It took 120 minutes of pulsating championship action, but eventually Moorefield emerged victorious over their bitter local rivals in Hawkfield on Friday night. Sarsfields can have no qualms about the result either, Moorefield were by far the better side for most of the game, and aside from a the opening 15 minute salvo where they scored 1-2 without reply, Sarsfields were second best in every department.

They were also rocked by the loss of Shea Ryan to a straight red card in the 43rd minute as he was given his marching orders for striking out at an opponent off the ball. The game was probably lost at that stage already however, as Moorefield were already seven points to the good.

The prospects for the Sash looked good early on as they ran into a five point lead thanks to a fine pair of points coming from Conor Hartley and Cian Costigan before they found the net. It was brilliantly simple move that resulted in the goal also as a long ball into the large parallelogram found Brian Mc Donnell, who shovelled the ball into the path of the onrushing James Healy who applied a simple finish to the net.

Moorefield eventually got off the mark, with Mark Mc Dermott hitting the target following some fine approach play from Ian Meehan. Mark Murray added a free to the tally and it was just a goal that separated the sides. Cian Costigan replied for the Sash, but that was quickly cancelled out with a superb point from the left wing coming from Murray.

Moorefield levelled matters moments later when they hit their first major of the game. Again, it was Ian Meehan doing the hard running from deep, and he raced in on goal to take a pass from Murray before playing it across the square for Jordan Mc Grath to palm it into the net.

Shea Ryan responded with a fine point, but a brace of scores from Murray ensured that Moorefield would go into the interval leading 1-5 to 1-4.

The leaders came out for the second half in determined fashion, and they duly hit the ground running with a 10 minute haul of 1-3 to effectively kill of the game. Murray raised a pair of white flags either side of a superb Aaron Masterson point, before the industrious Tom Connolly found the net as he palmed in from close range following Murray’s shot for a point that had dropped short.

Cian Costigan eventually stopped the rot with another free, before adding two further efforts to draw the gap back to four. Connolly kept the scoreboard ticking over for Moorefield, and although Josh Francis and Costigan chipped away at the Moorefield lead with further scores, the victors saw the game out comfortably with points from Mc Grath, Reece Healy and a couple from Murray.

Clane will pose a formidable challenge for the Newbridge side next weekend in the final, but these two games should stand to Moorefield ahead of that showdown.

Scorers for Moorefield: M Murray 0-8(4f), T Connolly and J Mc Grath 1-1 each, R Healy, M Mc Dermott, A Masterson

Scorers for Sarsfields: C Costigan 0-6(5f), J Healy 1-0, S Ryan, C Hartley and J Francis 0-1 each.

Moorefield

A Bingham; D Haniffy, M Dempsey, T Tobin; C Barrett, E Kavanagh, M Buckley; S Healy, A Masterson; G Naughton, T Connolly, I Meehan; J Mc Grath, M Mc Dermott, M Murray.

Sarsfields

J Morgan; G Maguire, E O’Connor, S Brown; J Francis, J Healy, D Shalvey; C Hartley, S Ryan; C O’Mahony, C Costigan, S Doyle; P Howard, R O’Donnell, B Mc Donald.