NEWBRIDGE side Sarsfields romped in to the semi finals of the MDY Construction Senior Football Championship after this facile 17 point victory over a dire Naas at Hawkfield last Sunday evening, writes Ruth Chambers.
MDY Construction Senior Football Championship Quarter Final
Naas might have got the better of John Crofton’s Sash in the first round of this competition back in May but last weekend they couldn’t come close to even matching them as the side from the county town limped out of the championship.
A goal from Sarsfields’ captain Padraig Brennan in the third minute set the scene. Naas didn’t open their account until the 16th minute and indeed didn’t hit their first from play until 46th minute.
By the interval Sarsfields had a ten point (1-9 to 0-2) advantage and outscored their opponents 1-6 to 0-2 after the turnaround and will now face Celbridge’s destroyers St Laurence’s in the penultimate round of the competition.
To call this a contest would do Sarsfields an injustice. The team from Newbridge had things all their own way right from the throw in until the long whistle. Such a game is of no real benefit to them and there can be no doubting that the Larries will test them an awful lot more in the semi final.
By the fifth minute last Sunday the Sash found themselves 1-2 to 0-0 to the good. Their opening point came from the boot of the in form Ray Cahill who converted a free after Robbie Confrey was impeded and then came the game’s opening goal. A lovely ball inside from Confrey picked out Padraig Brennan and he hit the ball low passed Sean Whitson to leave the score at 1-1 to no score. Soon after Gary ‘Chalky’ White sent over a 45 metre kick and even at this early stage Sarsfields had the game all sewn up.
By the time Conor Mellett sent over a free and got Naas off the mark they were already trailing by six. In the 20th minute Mellett again converted a free after David Gahan was fouled but it really mattered very little.
Mellett, who has been a real threat for Naas this year had a quiet day by his standards due to Sarsfields’ fine defending and Naas’ insistence of isolating their full forward.
Before the break a brace from Conor Tiernan and Cahill left Crofton’s side leading 1-9 to 0-2 and if this was a boxing match Naas would have thrown in the towel at the half way mark or even beforehand.
After the turnaround Sarsfields continued to dominate, while Naas’ shooting left a lot to be desired. By the 46th minute Sarsfields were 1-13 to 0-3 to the good and full time couldn’t come quick enough for Naas.
Sarsfields grabbed their second goal just three minutes before full time when Matty Byrne’s ball found Declan McKenna and he finished superbly and indeed completed the scoring for his side and ensured the 2-15 to 0-4 victory for Crofton’s men.
Sarsfields, Ray Cahill 0-5 (3f), Padraig Brennan 1-1, Declan McKenna 1-1, Gary White 0-2 (1 ‘45’, 1f), Conor Tiernan 0-2, Robbie Confrey 0-2, Dan Nea 0-1, Alan Smith 0-1.
Naas, Conor Mellett 0-2 (2f), Neil Farragher 0-1, Neil Higgins 0-1.
Patrick O’Sullivan; Shane Hurley, Donnachadh McDonnell, Conor Duffy; Conor Tiernan, Niall O’Callaghan, Robbie Murphy; Gary White, Matty Byrne; Declan McKenna, Alan Smith, Dan Nea; Robbie Confrey, Ray Cahill, Padraig Brennan. Subs: Michael Brown replaced P Brennan 50 mins, Conor Walsh replaced D Nea 50 mins, Ciaran McInerny Aspell replaced R Murphy 52 mins.
Sean Whitson; Richie Ormansby, Shane Bergin, Paul Sullivan; David Gahan, Eoin Doyle, Stephen Piggott; Neil Higgins, Ciaran Brosnan; Martin Byrne, Joe Cocoman, Eamonn Callaghan; Michael McDonald, Conor Mellett, Conor Ferguson. Subs: Neil Farragher replaced M McDonald HT, Ian Kinlon replaced M Byrne 37 mins, Brian Kane replaced J Cocoman 40 mins, Kieran McDonagh replaced S Piggott 53 mins, Kevin Curtis replaced C Brosnan 56 mins.