SARSFIELDS booked their place in the quarter finals of the MDY Construction Senior Football Championship with a facile 1-16 to 1-5 victory over a poor Leixlip side in sunny St Conleth’s Park on Saturday last, writes Ruth Chambers.
MDY Construction Senior Football Championship Round 3
Leixlip, managed by former Kildare goalkeeper Enda Murphy, only scored twice in the first half and failed to score from play, while after the turnaround they only added four points despite having a whole host of chances throughout.
Sarsfields, without the injured Dermot Earley, go through to face Naas in a last eight clash and they certainly won’t have things as easy against Mark Millham’s side in Hawkfield next Sunday.
Leixlip, who very nearly beat Naas in the second round, would have hoped to have, at least, put it up to the Newbridge side but their challenge quite simply never materialised. They trailed by six (0-10 to 1-1) at the break and went 20 minutes of the opening half without a score. Indeed they didn’t score from play at all in the first half. After the break they were outscored 1-6 to 0-4 and limped out of the championship.
Sarsfields will have learned very little about themselves from this encounter but Ray Cahill did chip in with 1-4, while Caomhin McDonnell made his return from injury, coming on as a late substitution for Matty Byrne.
The Sash went behind early on when Eamonn Murphy opened the scoring from Leixlip with a free off the ground from 43 metres out but it was cancelled out by a converted 45 metre kick from Gary White with ten played.
Two minutes later Leixlip went back in front when they were awarded and converted a penalty. County man Tommy Moolick was pulled down by Conor Duffy and Paddy Meagher fired passed Patrick O’Sullivan in the Sash goal.
That was as good as it got for the north Kildare side though. By the 18th minute Sarsfields had restored parity (0-4 to 1-1).
A trio of points from Declan McKenna (two), a brace from captain Padraig Brennan (one free) and one from Cahill (free) completed the first half scoring and left Sarsfields leading 0-10 to 1-1 at the break.
In the second half John Crofton’s side were just going through the motions, while it was a case of damage limitation for Leixlip.
The side in maroon and white finally added a second point five minutes in to the final half when Eamonn Murphy’s pass picked out Paul O’Neill and he split the posts. However, points from Alan Smith and Ray Cahill stretched Sarsfields lead to seven (0-12 to 1-2) by the 40th minute.
Three minutes later Sarsfields grabbed a fortuitous goal. Ray Cahill’s shot for a point looked to be heading wide and Leixlip net minder Kevin Claffey thought likewise. However, the ball hit off the post and in to the net and left the scoreboard reading 1-12 to 1-2.
Thereafter Leixlip did manage three further points but it mattered little as the Sash tagged on four more to run out most comfortable winners.
Sarsfields, Ray Cahill 1-4 (3f), Declan McKenna 0-3, Padraig Brennan 0-3 (2f), Robbie Confrey 0-1, Gary White 0-1 (1 ’45’), Alan Smith 0-1, Conor Tiernan 0-1, Sean Campbell 0-1, Michael Brown 0-1,
Leixlip, Paddy Meagher 1-2 (1 pen, 1f), Eamonn Murphy 0-1 (1f), Paul O’Neill 0-1, Cormac O’Toole 0-1.
Patrick O’Sullivan; Shane Hurley, Sean Campbell, Conor Duffy; Conor Tiernan, Niall O’Callaghan, Donnacha McDonnell; Gary White, Matty Byrne; Padraig Brennan, Ray Cahill, Dan Nea; Declan McKenna, Robbie Confrey, Alan Smith. Subs: Conor Walsh for D Nea 50 mins, Ciaran McInerny Aspell for R Cahill 53 mins, Michael Brown for C Tiernan 55 mins, Caomhin McDonnell for M Byrne 58 mins.
Kevin Claffey; Ciaran Fadian, Robbie Roche, John Doran; Kevin Conneely, Dara McGlynn, Alan Keary; Tommy Moolick, Brian Claffey; Paul O’Neill, John Roche, Paddy Meagher; David Jordan, Martin Shaughnessy, Eamonn Murphy. Subs: Ivan Clancy for A Keary HT, Aidan Ryan for M Shaughnessy HT, Brian O’Neill for J Roche 41 mins, Cormac O’Toole replaced R Roche 44 mins, Emmett Lambert replaced D Jordan 46 mins.
Dave Coady (Ballykelly).