The first of the Club Final’s for the year took place over the weekend and not for the first time Moorefield eyes were smiling as they brought home both the Aldridge and Dowling Cups.
The Aldridge victory over Athy showed that the County Champions are in fine fettle for such an early part of the year and manager Ross Glavin was delighted with how they performed in the 1-11 to 0-12 victory.
“It was a cracking game and both sides have a good recent rivalry so the two sides wanted to win but it’s a great day for Moorefield really as an awful lot of young players are playing Senior Football and training really hard and there was probably 40 or 50 lads togged out between the two Moorefield teams and it was a great start to the day with the lads winning the Dowling Cup for the first time in the history of the club and to be able to back it up is thoroughly enjoyable but there’s a lot of young players who haven’t played Championship Football yet that have got a lot of game time over the last month so to be able to perform against a strong Athy team in the final aswell is really satisfying”.
“There is a great atmosphere in the club at the moment and good chemistry amongst everyone and when you see young lads winning trophies with the Moorefield Senior Football team it’s a delight for everyone involved”.
Moorefield had to fend off a fine Athy comeback where the South Kildare side scored seven points on the trot but for Glavin it wasn’t anything you wouldn’t expect.
“The way we look at this type of game at this time of the year is we want to go out and enjoy ourselves and express our game and be hardworking for the 60 minutes so inevitably there was going to be spells where we went out of the game and that was to be expected but again it was good to see the characteristics of resilience and heart that we have always seen in Moorefield teams down the years”, Glavin said.
The win is all the more impressive with the fact that Moorefield have yet to step foot on the training field as they get set for their Boxing Fundraiser on Saturday night but even still it’s a good starting point for the club.
“It’s early days yet and I’d say most teams are very similar but you have to plan for a long year all being well so no we haven’t been out on the pitch yet as we have our big boxing fundraiser this weekend and it will be a good night but all our work has been with regards to that so far”.
“There is a good culture in Moorefield though as they are a very driven group and we can give them lots of space as a management team away from collective training and trust that they are going to be responsible and look after themselves and when you have two teams winning it just reinforces the competition in the group”.
“It’s going to be fiercely competitive as the year goes on but it will be enjoyable all the same”.
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