Seniors secure their place in the quarter finals of the SFC

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Published on August 17, 2016 with

The Senior team have secured their place in the quarter finals of the Joe Mallon Motors Renault SFC after a 8-13 to 0-09 victory over Johnstownbridge.

Ciaran Kelly JTB

Joe Mallon Renault SFC

Round Two

Report by Kildare Now 

Moorefield                          8-13

Johnstownbridge             0-9

Ciaran Kelly managed to plunder an amazing five goals as Moorefield completely dismantled a poor Johnstownbridge side in St Conleth’s Park on Sunday afternoon. With only six points between the sides, and the scoreboard reading 2-6 to 0-6 at the break, nobody in attendance would have foreseen the complete capitulation from Johnstownbridge in the second half as they effectively allowed their opponents to walk through them and score goal after goal under little or no pressure.

The first issue that has to be addressed from this game was the clash of jerseys as both teams lined out with predominantly green jerseys with a splash of white, while Johnstownbridge had a layer of blue towards the bottom of their tops. It clearly had an effect on the players and there were multiple occasions during the first half in which both sets of players surrendered possession by passing to an opponent by mistaking them for a colleague.

Johnstownbridge settled into the game well early doors thanks to a free from Cathal McNally, but his county teammate Adam Tyrell cancelled that out at the opposite end with a free of his own.

It was then that Kelly turned the game on its head. His first goal came courtesy of some route one football as wing-back Ger Naughton launched a ball into the square, Kelly caught, swiveled and slotted a low shot past Ian Farrell in the Johnstownbridge goal. It was less than 60 seconds later when the lively corner-forward had the net bustling once again as he picked up a pass from Anthony Durney, before jinking by two defenders and curling the leather into the far corner with an inch perfect finish.

Ronan Sweeney then followed that up with the first of his three points in the opening half as he stroked over a score under fierce pressure from the Johnstownbridge defence as the 2014 county champions opened up a 7-point gap.

Clearly rocked by the concession of the goals, Johnstownbridge needed to issue a response, but the best they could come up with was a pointed free from McNally, before David Whyte and Sweeney kicked further scores into the Town End for the leaders.

The west Kildare club did begin to come into the game a bit more in the final 10 minutes of the first half, and a massive long range point from McNally kickstarted a period where they kicked three points on the bounce. Eoin Donoghue got the second of those with a free from way out the field, while McNally finished off the purple patch with another from a placed ball.

Moorefield were getting their scores easier however, and when Sweeney and Eanna O’Connor knocked over a couple of points in quick succession it sent them back into a seven-point lead. Keith Cribbin and Donoghue raised white flags before the end of the half, but an effort on goal from Jason Phillips that was flicked over the bar by Ian Farrell ensured that Moorefield went into the break with a 2-7 to 0-7.

While Johnstownbridge had done relatively well to remain in the game until the break- separated by just Kelly’s goals- they were unable to mount any sort of challenge in the second half.

Two quickfire scores from Adam Tyrell- one of which was from play- got Moorefield back into the scoring groove, and while Jimmy Farrell responded at the other end with an excellent score, that was their last sore until the final minute of the game.

Moorefield began to wreak havoc at the other end, with full-forward Jason Phillips causing the greatest problem to the Johnstownbridge defence. Phillips was continually winning every high ball that was pumped into him, while Kevin Murnaghan was foraging forward with increasing menace from midfield. He slammed home the Moore’s third goal, and that was the signal to open the floodgates for his side.

From that point on Johnstownbridge lacked any bit of spirit and they managed to concede a further five goals in 17 minutes.

Kelly managed to get on the end of three moves to tap home a trio of simple efforts to the net for his third, fourth and fifth goals, while Jason Phillips also got a great cheer when he slotted into an open goal a few minutes after hitting a contender for miss of the season when he fired wide off the ground from five yards out.

Rolly Sweeney added gloss to his own personal tally with a penalty on 52 minutes after Kevin Murnaghan was bundled over, and it was the veteran centre-forward who also provided the assists for two of Kelly’s late goals.

It was a chastening defeat for Johnstownbridge, who must now pick themselves up for a third round clash and consign this game to the past. Moorefield march into the quarter-final stage to join their Newbridge rivals Sarsfields in the last eight.

Scorers for Moorefield: C Kelly 5-0, R Sweeney 1-4(1-0pen, 1f), J Phillips 1-1, A Tyrell 0-4(3f), K Murnaghan 1-0, E O’Connor 0-2, A Durney and D Whyte 0-1 each.

Scorers for Johnstownbridge: C McNally 0-4(3f), E Donoghue 0-3(3f), J Farrell and K Cribbin 0-1 each.


T Kinsella; P O’Flynn, N Galvin, L Callaghan; R Houlihan(C Barrett 53mins), A Durney, G Naughton; D Whyte(D Flynn 48mins), K Murnaghan; A Tyrell, R Sweeney, E O’Connor; J Murray, J Phillips, C Kelly.


I Farrell; P O’Flynn, N Galvin, I McKeon; K Cribbin, M Donnelly, J O’Connor; B McNally, G Doran; C McNally, E Donoghue, S Flanagan(S Cawley 48mins); N Vaughan, L Flynn, J Farrell