Joe Mallon SFC Group C round two
Moorefield flexed their muscles and absolutely blew Clane away in a show of strength on Saturday evening as they set up a showdown with Johnstownbridge that will decide top spot in Group C next weekend.
The reigning Kildare and Leinster champions had 24 points to spare as they turned on the style after what was a very even opening quarter, and the impact of their star-studded bench proved too much for a Clane side whose heads dropped badly in the second half.
Clane will be battling against Raheens to avoid a relegation playoff, while Moorefield and Johnstownbridge have won both of their games and will be aiming to secure top spot in the group when they face each other next weekend.
Clane began the game in excellent fashion as they brought plenty of intensity to proceedings and allowed Moorefield men very little time on the ball. They weren’t short of ideas in attack early on either as Brian McLoughlin provided the scoring threat and Robbie Hyland offered a good outlet inside.
It was McLoughlin who opened the scoring after three minutes with an effort from a free, and he followed up with another well taken point from play soon after as Clane looked good and confident from the off.
Moorefield slowly settled their way into the game, and it was Mark Murray who delivered their first three scores of the evening. The young corner-forward knocked one over from play before smacking over a couple of straightforward frees, pushing the Moores into the lead for the first time. McLoughlin levelled the game when a long range free of his bounced short before evading everyone and going over the bar.
Aaron Masterson responded at the other end by curling over a lovely point that hit the inside of the post on the way over.
Eddie Heavey then set up Ronan Sweeney for the veteran’s first score of the evening, and he went on to provide a fine contribution in the first half. Sean Christiansen responded, but that was their last score of the half as Moorefield completely took control of the tie after that.
Clane nearly got a massive break in the 16th minute but were denied by lady luck. Moorefield Goalkeeper Ian McDonnell lost the ball in a challenge 25 metres from goal and McLoughlin looked to lob the ball into an empty net, but his shot agonisingly bounced off the ground and hit the bar before being cleared to safety.
From that point on it was all Moorefield as they scored six in a row as they obliterated Clane before the break. Sweeney clipped over another trademark point before Masterson floated a fine effort between the posts from distance, while Murray landed another from play.
Daryl Flynn got in on the act with a superb curling effort from 40 metres out, while Sweeney registered the last two scores before the interval as he took on his man and fisted over a score before firing over after turning the ball over in Clane territory, giving Moorefield an 0-11 to 0-4 lead at the short whistle.
The reigning champions blew their opponents away at the beginning of the second half as they smashed two goals in during the space of five minutes to go along with a few well taken points.
Heavey and Mullins helped Ross Glavin’s men pick up from where they left off with a point apiece before the first goal arrived. It was a lovely move as Mark McDermott picked out the unmarked Liam Callaghan close to goal, and the corner-back unselfishly passed it across for Mark Murray to bury the ball into an empty net.
Murray followed up with a free, before Moorefield netted their second goal when Sweeney set up Heavey to run through on goal and find the corner from 15 metres out.
McDermott slotted over his solitary score soon after, before Clane finally ended a 27-minute spell in which they had conceded 2-10. Jake Devey got that important score, but it was immediately cancelled out by a beautiful effort from Cian O’Connor at the other end.
Clane almost had something decent to cheer about when Bernard Deay burst through on goal, but he saw his powerful shot tipped over by Ian McDonnell.
Things didn’t get any easier for Clane after that as Ross Glavin introduced the likes of Eoin O’Connor, Adam Tyrrell, Niall Hurley-Lynch, Eanna O’Connor and David Whyte off the bench, and they all made good impacts.
Hurley-Lynch had the biggest impact of all as he scored 1-2 in a lively cameo, his goal coming after Eoin O’Connor’s shot had been saved by McKenna but the rebound fell to Hurley-Lynch.
Both Eanna and Eoin O’Connor also floated over fine efforts as Moorefield pretty much kept the foot on the gas until the final few minutes. Clane’s best moments in the later stages came from Tadgh Montgomery and Eoin Naughton who scored late on, but it didn’t make the lobsided scoreline look any better as Moorefield emphatically cruised to victory.
Scorers for Moorefield: M Murray 1-7(4f), N Hurley-Lynch 1-2, R Sweeney 0-4, E Heavey 1-1, A Masterson and A Mullins 0-2 each, J Murray, D Flynn, C O’Connor, Eanna O’Connor and Eoin O’Connor 0-1 each.
Scorers for Clane: B McLoughlin 0-3(2f), S Christiansen, E Naughton, J Devey, B Deay and T Montgomery 0-1 each.
Ian McDonnell; Liam Callaghan, Kevin Murnaghan, Mark Dempsey; Adam Sweeney, Anthony Durney, James Murray; Daryl Flynn, Aaron Masterson; Cian O’Connor, Eddie Heavey, Aaron Mullins; Ronan Sweeney, Mark McDermott, Mark Murray.
Subs used: Eoin O’Connor for Heavey 35mins, Niall Hurley-Lynch for Sweeney 39mins, Adam Tyrrell for McDermott 39mins, Eanna O’Connor for Mullins 42mins, David Whyte for C O’Connor 42mins.
Paddy McKenna; Dan Reilly, Paddy Regan, Brian Corbett; Tadgh Montgomery, Noel Haverty, Jake Devey; Sean Christeansen, Mikey Culhane; Eoin Naughton, Bernard Deay, Chris Byrne; Robbie Hyland, Brian McLoughlin, Cathal Geoghegan.
Subs used: Cathal Egan for Reilly 25mins, James Behan for Christiansen HT.
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