Minor Football Champions 2015

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Published on October 01, 2015 with

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Congratulations to the Minor team and management on a fantastic victory over Clane to win the Minor Championship on Sunday 18th October!

Moorefield 2-09

Clane 1-11


Thanks to Patrick Ward from Kildare Now for the match report:

A superb defensive showing was the catalyst for a Moorefield victory that will be remembered for many years to come by those associated with the club as they held their nerve to outgun their much fancied opponents by a single point in St Conleth’s Park on Sunday afternoon.

They looked positively shook with just 18 minutes played in the first half, as Clane raced into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead, but they dug in and outscored their opponents by 2-3 to no score over the next 15 minutes of the game. That proved to be the sticking point, and they battened down the hatches as Clane came in search of a goal, but they barely put a foot wrong in defence and ultimately held out.

Like so often this year, Moorefield had Mark Murray to thank for keeping them in this game at times and his seven point personal haul was a huge factor in the winning of this game.

It was pretty apt then that it was the corner-forward who would start the day’s scoring with a simple free in the third minute of the game. Ciaran Kelly was just as confident down the other end for Clane as he shot their first three scores from frees, before nudging over a fourth from play after a fantastic crossfield pass from Ethan O’Donoghue.

A point from the lively Kyle Davey was followed by a superb long range score from the enterprising Ethan O’Donoghue and Clane were looking good with a five point lead at this stage.

Murray kept the Newbridge club in the tie though, and he fired over two quick frees to narrow the gap before Ian Meehan drove over an inspirational score that seemed to give his side a lift. Looking slightly more spurred on, Moorefield soon found the net in inauspicious circumstances. Meehan’s long range shot came off the post, and after the Clane defence fluffed their lines in attempting to clear, the ball broke to Jordan Mc Grath who slotted the ball in from close range.

Murray added another free on the stroke of half-time to give Moorefield a 1-5 to 0-6 advantage at the break.

The second half began with a bang, as Moorefield exerted their dominance and Ian Meehan fired them into a five point lead that they would never relinquish. The marauding wing-forward gathered the ball 50 yards from goal and wriggled his way through numerous Clane defenders before powering the ball into the bottom corner.

Clane could only respond through a Kelly free, but that was quickly cancelled out by a fine point from Mark Mc Dermott. Brian Mc Laughlin, who was well marked throughout by Aaron Masterson, fired over a sumptuous score at the other end for Clane, but again Murray was on hand to point another free and keep Clane at arms length.

Two frees from Kelly either side of a lovely point from Robert Hyland brought Clane to within two points with 15 minutes still to play. They started to panic from this juncture however, and for some reason began going for goals rather than taking their points. Kelly missed a good chance at goal when he shot wide under pressure, while Murray kept the scoreboard ticking down the other end with a brace of frees.

They would be the last scores that Moorefield would manage to get, but that’s all they needed. Caolan Smyth struck a late goal for Clane, but it was in vein as it came in the last play of the game. When Adam Bingham punted out the resulting kickout referee Fergal Barry blew the full-time whistle and Moorefield were able to bask in the success of another county title win for the club.

Scorers for Moorefield: M Murray 0-7(7f), I Meehan 1-1, J Mc Grath 1-0, M Mc Dermott 0-1.

Scorers for Clane: C Kelly 0-7(6f), C Smyth 1-0, K Davey, E O’Donoghue, R Hyland and B Mc Laughlin 0-1 each.


A Bingham; D Hanniffy, M Dempsey, T Tobin; C Barrett, E Kavanagh, M Buckley; S Healy, A Masterson; G Naughton, T Connolly, I Meehan; J Mc Grath, M Mc Dermott, M Murray.

Subs used: J Fitzgerald and R Healy.


A Watson; B Giffney, E O’Connell, N Wyer; B Corbett, R Phillips, C O’Sullivan; B Mc Laughlin, E O’Donoghue; T Montgomery, R Hyland, J Mc Creevy; C Kelly, C O’Flaherty, K Davey.

Subs used: C Smyth, C Byrne and E Gillman.

Congratulations to the Minor team and management who have reached the Minor Championship Final after a brilliant win over Sarsfields in the semi-final replay!

Moorefield 2-13

Sarsfields 1-09 


Best of luck to the team and management in the County Final

Moorefield v Clane

Sunday 18th October, 2pm 

Venue: St. Conleths 

‘Nothing Beats Being There’ 

Thanks to Patrick Ward from Kildare Now for the match report! 

Moorefield 2-13

Sarsfields 1-9

Minor A Championship semi-final

It took 120 minutes of pulsating championship action, but eventually Moorefield emerged victorious over their bitter local rivals in Hawkfield on Friday night. Sarsfields can have no qualms about the result either, Moorefield were by far the better side for most of the game, and aside from a the opening 15 minute salvo where they scored 1-2 without reply, Sarsfields were second best in every department.

They were also rocked by the loss of Shea Ryan to a straight red card in the 43rd minute as he was given his marching orders for striking out at an opponent off the ball. The game was probably lost at that stage already however, as Moorefield were already seven points to the good.

The prospects for the Sash looked good early on as they ran into a five point lead thanks to a fine pair of points coming from Conor Hartley and Cian Costigan before they found the net. It was brilliantly simple move that resulted in the goal also as a long ball into the large parallelogram found Brian Mc Donnell, who shovelled the ball into the path of the onrushing James Healy who applied a simple finish to the net.

Moorefield eventually got off the mark, with Mark Mc Dermott hitting the target following some fine approach play from Ian Meehan. Mark Murray added a free to the tally and it was just a goal that separated the sides. Cian Costigan replied for the Sash, but that was quickly cancelled out with a superb point from the left wing coming from Murray.

Moorefield levelled matters moments later when they hit their first major of the game. Again, it was Ian Meehan doing the hard running from deep, and he raced in on goal to take a pass from Murray before playing it across the square for Jordan Mc Grath to palm it into the net.

Shea Ryan responded with a fine point, but a brace of scores from Murray ensured that Moorefield would go into the interval leading 1-5 to 1-4.

The leaders came out for the second half in determined fashion, and they duly hit the ground running with a 10 minute haul of 1-3 to effectively kill of the game. Murray raised a pair of white flags either side of a superb Aaron Masterson point, before the industrious Tom Connolly found the net as he palmed in from close range following Murray’s shot for a point that had dropped short.

Cian Costigan eventually stopped the rot with another free, before adding two further efforts to draw the gap back to four. Connolly kept the scoreboard ticking over for Moorefield, and although Josh Francis and Costigan chipped away at the Moorefield lead with further scores, the victors saw the game out comfortably with points from Mc Grath, Reece Healy and a couple from Murray.

Clane will pose a formidable challenge for the Newbridge side next weekend in the final, but these two games should stand to Moorefield ahead of that showdown.

Scorers for Moorefield: M Murray 0-8(4f), T Connolly and J Mc Grath 1-1 each, R Healy, M Mc Dermott, A Masterson

Scorers for Sarsfields: C Costigan 0-6(5f), J Healy 1-0, S Ryan, C Hartley and J Francis 0-1 each.


A Bingham; D Haniffy, M Dempsey, T Tobin; C Barrett, E Kavanagh, M Buckley; S Healy, A Masterson; G Naughton, T Connolly, I Meehan; J Mc Grath, M Mc Dermott, M Murray.


J Morgan; G Maguire, E O’Connor, S Brown; J Francis, J Healy, D Shalvey; C Hartley, S Ryan; C O’Mahony, C Costigan, S Doyle; P Howard, R O’Donnell, B Mc Donald.



Best of luck to the Minor team and management in the replay of the semi-final of the championship!

Moorefield v Sarsfields

Date/Time and Venue to be confirmed


Thanks to Patrick Ward for the match report

Minor Football Championship


Moorefield 0-15

Sarsfields 2-09

There are certainly no neutrals that won’t be pleased that these two sides will have to play out another 60 minutes championship action after what was an absolutely enthralling game in Hawkfield on Wednesday night.

In the end it was Mark Murray who bailed his side out as he pointed a free with the last kick of the game to send the Moorefield support into raptures. It wasn’t just his last minute free that will live long in the memory, but his overall contribution as he amassed 10 points during the game and his free taking in general was a joy to watch.

It looked like the Sash were on course to claim the local bragging rights near the end when they came back from a two point deficit through a goal from substitute Brian McDonald and held a one point lead late on, but alas, Moorefield were not to be denied a second crack at their local rivals.

The Sash started the game well, with points from Cian Costigan and a superb effort from Conor Hartley giving them a two point lead early on. That proved to be their last score for 24 minutes though, as Moorefield settled in well and exerted their dominance on proceedings. Murray floated over his first score of the game, before Sean Healy tapped over a close range score after Murray’s free had hit the upright.

Another free from Murray edged Moorefield ahead, before he hit a fine point from play on the left wing, while Jordan McGrath cracked over an almost identical score from the same position. That signalled five unanswered points from Moorefield, and Sarsfields were in serious need of a score. They managed to eventually get back to scoring ways, and did so in style, as Shea Ryan burst forward from midfield, and as the ball found its way to Cian Costigan he slotted the leather into the bottom corner from close range.

Rory O’Donnell followed up with a point from play, before Murray and Costigan swapped points at either end to leave the score at 1-4 to 0-6 at half-time.

The second half was a thrilling contest with both sides trading blows throughout the 30 minutes in a nerve jangling affair. O’Donnell curled over a free for Sarsfields, before the impressive Hartley angled over a point following a fine solo run. Down the other end it was again Murray who replied, and Mark McDermott than got his name on the scoresheet with a fine curling effort from the right wing. Hartley responded with an equally impressive point, but Moorefield then hit a purple patch that looked like it would win them the game.

Murray stroke over four points in the space of seven minutes, three of which came from placed balls to give his side a three point lead heading into the final five minutes. Costigan and Ian Meehan each raised white flags for their sides, before Brian McDonald turned the game on its head when he drove the ball into the top corner after Shea Ryan had laid it off to him.

Moorefield were determined though, and levelled matters through a fine score from Meehan but when Costigan kicked over a fantastic long range free in the final minute for the Sash, they looked on course for the county final. Murray had other ideas however, and floated over a 35 yard free to grant everyone in attendance the chance to witness another epic encounter.

Scorers for Sarsfields: C Costigan 1-4(3f), B McDonald 1-0, C Hartley 0-3, R O’Donnell 0-2(1f)

Scorers for Moorefield: M Murray 0-10(8f), I Meehan 0-2, S Healy, M McDermott and J McGrath 0-1 each.


J Morgan; G Maguire, E O’Connor, S Brown; J Francis, D Shalvey, J Healy; C Hartley, S Ryan; C Galvin, C Costigan, S Doyle, R O’Donnell, P Howard.

Subs used: S Smith, D Ryan and B McDonald.


A Bingham; D Haniffy, M Dempsey, T Tobin; M Buckley, C Barrett, S Healy; E Kavanagh, A Masterson; J Fitzgerald, T Connolly, I Meehan; J McGrath, M McDermott, M Murray.

Subs used: G Naughton.








Moorefield and Celbridge served up a highy entertaining game for their supporters on Wednesday evening in round 3 of the championship which saw Moorefield secure their place in the quarter final.

Celbridge were first to raise the white flag when the corner forward Conor Doyle pointed from play 20 seconds into the game after Kevin O’Callaghan won posession from the throw in and supplied Doyle for the point . Moorefield’s first score of the game came in the 3rd minute when Ian Meehan kicked a good point from play and they took the lead for the first time in the 8th minute when Jordan Fitzgearld scored a great goal after a good ball from Mark Murray. Celbridge replied with a pointed free from Conor Doyle and an excellent score from Ciaran Fitzgearld to reduced the deficit to a point after ten minutes of play. The teams were level for the second time when centre half forward Cian O’Reilly kicked a good point from play. Celbridge were dominating the game at this stage and put themselves into a two point lead with points coming from Kevin O’Callaghan and Ciaran O’Reagan. Tom Connolly reduced the deficit to a point in the 20thminute when he kicked a brilliant point from play after a great ball from Mark Murray and the team were level for the third time when Mark Murray kicked a brilliant point after Evan Kavanagh won posession from the kick out and sent in a great ball to Tom Connolly who set up Murray for the score. Celbridge were back in the lead a minute later when Cillian Byrne pointed from a free but Mark Murray had the teams level for the fourth time when he kicked his second point of play after excellent work from Mark Dempsey and Tom Connolly. Both teams were playing some excellent football and working hard to secure some scores, the next score of the game came in the 28th minute with a goal from Conor Doyle to put Celbridge into a three point lead. Mark Murray kicked his third point of the game in the 30th minute to leave a half time score of 1-07 to 1-05 in favour of Celbridge.

A converted penalty by Moorefield’s Mark McDermott in the 33rd minute put them in the lead for the 2nd time of the game. Conor Doyle had the teams level for the fifth time a minute later but Moorefield were back in the lead four minutes later after Tom Connolly kicked a superb point from play after a great ball from Ian Meehan. Celbridge replied with a good point from play from Ciaran O’Reagan but Moorefield were back in the lead two minutes later with two vital frees from Mark Murray. Moorefield controlled the next ten minutes of the game playing some fantastic football and Mark McDermott put them three points clear with the score of the game after excellent play involving Evan Kavanagh, Tom Connolly, Mark Murray and Ian Meehan. Mark Murray kicked his 6th point of the game with a well struck 45 yard free followed by a great point from Ian Meehan who made a great run to knock over a score in the 56th minute to put Moorfield into a 1-02 lead. Celbridge kept battling in the final few mintues of the game and added points from Conor Doyle and Ciaran O’Reagan but Moorefield had done enough and deservedly won the game 2-11 to 1-11.