Senior Football League Div SF
It was Derby Day in Newbridge last evening (July 13) when local rivals Moorefield and Sarsfields met in the Senior Football League Division 1 semi-final. Over the last number of weeks, the talk around the town has been Kildare and their Newbridge or Nowhere campaign but this week all the talk was which of the Newbridge teams would make the 2018 final.
It was a cracking game of football between the two sides and at times it looked like either team was going to win but it was Moorefield that ran out victors when a goal from the on form Adam Tyrrell scored a superb goal in the 63rd minute to secure the win for the defending champions
Sarsfields started brightly when Matty Byrne won possession from the throw in & sent in a great ball to Ray Cahill who pointed from play thirty seconds into the game. Ben McCormack put them two clear a couple of seconds later before Adam Tyrell kicked his first point of the game in the 6th minute after a great ball from Eddie Heavey. Mark Murray levelled the game for the first time in the 9th minute when he pointed from a placed ball and Eddie Heavey put the Moore’s in the lead for the first time in the 10th minute with an excellent point from play after Kevin Murnaghan broke down Sarsfields run of play before sending in the great ball to Heavey.
A free from Ray Cahill levelled the game for the second time but once again the Moore’s were back in front with an excellent long range point from Eoin O’Connor. Ray Cahill kicked his third point of the game with a fine point from play before he converted a brilliant side line free to put Sarsfields back in the lead.
A goal from Aaron Mullins in the 18th minute and a pointed free from Mark Murray put the Moore’s into a three point lead. Sarsfields replied with two pointed frees from Ray Cahill to reduce the deficit to a point. Aaron Mullins and Caoimghin McDonnell traded points before Adam Tyrrell kicked two fantastic points from play to put the Moore’s back into their three point lead.
Cian Byrne made a great run from the Sarsfields back line to knock over a good point from play in the 30th minute to leave a half time score of 1-8 to 0-9 in favour of Moorefield.
Alan Smith was first to raise the white flag in the second half when the full forward kicked a well worked point but the Moore’s replied instantly when Adam Tyrrell kicked his fourth point from play after a great ball was play through to him by Mark McDermott.
Substitute Daryl Flynn made an immediate impact when he won possession in midfield & sent in a great ball to Mark McDermott who pointed from play to leave three between the teams. Alan Smith reduced the deficit to two points with another good point and the Sash took the lead two minute later in the 39th minute when corner forward Ronan Fitzgibbon beat Tom Corely for a goal. Ray Cahill and Ronan Fitzgibbon hit two good points from play a minute later to put Sarsfields into a three point lead and it was now Sarsfields who were dominating and looking like they were going to win this game.
The Moore’s needed a score badly and it was Adam Tyrrell who stepped up once again with the score of the game but once again Sarsfields replied through Conn Whelan to leave three between the team with fifteen minutes left to play. It was from here on in that upped their energy and took over the game, Daryl Flynn made an excellent catch at centre field before combining with substitute Ian Meehan to leave two between the teams and the sides were level five minute later when Adam Tyrrell who could do no wrong kicked another two excellent points from play to level the game once again.
Ronan 'Roly' Sweeney
Photo Pat Tinsley
Gary White put the Sash back in the lead in the 57th minute when he pointed from 45 yard free, the Moore’s won possession from the kick out and sent in a great ball to Jason Philips who levelled the game in the 58th minute and it now looked as if this game was heading to extra time. Both teams were battling hard in the final stages, the Moore’s were defending brilliantly breaking down the Sarsfields attack and when Ronan Sweeney won possession in the half forward line, there was only one place the ball was going, he kicked a brilliant point to put the Moore’s into the lead as the game headed into injury.
The Moore’s kept possession in the closing stages of the game trying to work another score to secure the victory. The score came in the 63rd minute when Adam Tyrrell won possession and made a great run to score of rocket of a goal to leave a full time score of 2-16 to 1-15 in favour of Moorefield:
Scorers Moorefield: Adam Tyrrell 1-7, Aaron Mullins 1-1, Mark Murray 0-2 (2f), Mark McDermott 0-1, Eddie Heavey, Eoin O’Connor, Ian Meehan, Jason Philips and Ronan Sweeney 0-1 each
Scorers Sarsfields: Ray Cahill 0-7 (4f), Ronan Fitzgibbon 1-1, Alan Smith 0-2, Ben McCormack, Caoimghin McDonnell, Cian Byrne, Conn Whelan, Gary Whyte 0-1 each.
Moorefield: Tom Corley, Liam Callaghan, Niall Galvin, Kevin Murnaghan, Anthony Durney, Michael Buckley, Cian O’Connor, Ryan Moore, Eoin O’Connor, Eddie Heavey, Aaron Mullins, Mark Murray, Adam Tyrrell, Mark McDermott.
Subs: Daryl Flynn for C. O’Connor, Ian Meehan for E.O’Connor, Ronan Sweeney for R. Moore, Adam Sweeney for N. Galvin, Niall Hurley Lynch for E. Heavey, Jason Philips for M. Murray.
Sarsfields: Andy O’Brien, Donnachadh McDonnell, Sean Campbell, Cian Byrne, Conn Whelan, Gary White, Ciaran McInerney Aspell, Matty Byrne, Dean Domincan, Ben McCormack, Ray Cahill, Caoimghin McDonnell, Adam Donohoe, Alan Smith, Ronan Fitzgibbon.
Subs: Diarmuid Hartley for Sean Campbell (black card); Dan Nea for Alan Smith; Ross Connor for Dean Domican; Diarmuid Hartley for Sean Campbell (black card).
Feature photo by Pat Tinsley shows the talented Adam Tyrell who scored a total of 1-07 including the late goal which effectively gave the Moores the winning edge.
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