Preview: Big day in the U21 Championships as Clane, Maynooth, Naas and Sarsfields seek final spots

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Preview: Big day in the U21 Championships as Clane, Maynooth, Naas and Sarsfields seek final spots
11:35 Sunday 11th of November 2018

While Moorefield’s meeting with Portlaoise in the Leinster Club Senior Football Championship will take most of the attention in Kildare today, there are also some big games in the U21 Football Championship that should provide some fantastic entertainment this evening.

There are semi-finals in the A, B and C championships taking place today, but Hawkfield is the place to be for a double-header in the A grade.

Maynooth take on Clane at 4.30pm on pitch 2 before Naas and Sarsfields go to battle on pitch 1 at 5pm.

Clane were the last of the four teams to seal their place in the semi-finals when they edged by the challenge of Celbridge on Tuesday night. They boast a couple of players involved with the Kildare U20 side who won the All-Ireland, with Ciaran Kelly and Brian McLoughlin key players in attack, while former Kildare minor star Ciaran Kelly has made an impressive return to football, scoring 1-4 in Tuesday’s win.

Maynooth were seriously impressive when inflicting a 24-point hammering on St Laurence’s last Sunday, with the likes of Ruadhan Ó’Giolláin and Danny O’Sullivan particularly impressive.

On pitch 1, the last two winners of this competition meet in the other semi-final as 2016 winners Naas come up against current champions Sarsfields. The Sash had little bother in swatting aside the challenge of Athy as Conor and Karl Hartley combined to score 1-10 in their 2-16 to 3-6 win at the quarter-final stage.

Naas enjoyed a 0-15 to 0-8 victory over Aylmer Gaels, which backed up the promise they showed when hammering Fr Prendergast Gaels in the first round.

It makes for an exciting evening of football, and an all-day extravaganza on the whole with so much action to take in.

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