In the penultimate round of the Leinster Leader SFL in Sarsfields Park on Sunday eveing Sarsfields gained a measure of revenge for their championship defeat to Naas in May when they had a comprehensive twelve point win over Naas. Irrespective of the outcome against Maynooth in their last game the Sash have qualified for the League final as a result of this win.
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This was an impressive performance from Sarsfields as they led from start to finish with good fluid movement on and off the ball. Dermot Earley, playing in his first full game for Sarsfields this season had a fine game at midfield where he and his youthful partner Matty Byrne generally had the upper hand over their Naas counterparts Neil Higgins and Padraig Cribben.
From early on in this game it was apparent that there was only going to be one winner. Though there was no score until the 8th minute when Padraig Brennan pointed from a free, thereafter it was a one way scoring procession as Sarsfields clicked into high gear. Sarsfields had nine points on the board; Padraig Brennan (0-3) Ray Cahill (0-3) Declan McKenna (0-1) Matty Byrne (0-1) Conor Tiernan (0-1) before Naas registered the first score in the 29th minute of the first half with a Conor Mellitt free to leave Naas 0-9 to 0-1 in arrears at the break.
After the resumption Sarsfields continued from where they had left off when full forward Robbie Confrey scored immediately from the throw in. Sarsfields continued to dominate but despite the one sided nature of the game there was some good football played by Naas but they were simply unable to bridge the disparity in the scoring in the second half as Sarsfields never decreased their tempo.
As they head into a League final for the second successive year, Sarsfields will be happy with their performance and with the spread of their scoring. Five of the forwards and substitute Barry Coffey contributed along with midfielder Matty Byrne, half back Conor Tiernan, and with even full back Sean Cambell getting on the score sheet after he slipped his moorings in the heart of the defence and went on great solo run before shooting from about 30 metres.
Patrick O’Sullivan, Shane Hurley, Sean Cambell 0-1, Conor Duffy, Conor Tiernan 0-1, Niall O’Callaghan, Donnachada McDonnell, Matty Byrne 0-2, Dermot Earley, Declan McKenna 0-2, Ray Cahill 0-5, (4f’s)Dan Nea, Padraig Brennan, 0-3 (1f) Robbie Confrey 0-1, Ciaran Aspell McInerney 0-1. Subs Barry Coffey 0-1 for Padraig Brennan (50 mins)
Sean Whitson, Michael Byrne, Shane Bergin 0-1 (’45), Richie Ormsbry, Brockan Cocoman, David Gahan, Strephen Piggott, Neil Higgins, Padraig Cribben 0-1, Mick McDonald 0-1, Kevin Curtis, Fiachra Piggott, Conor Mellitt 0-2, (2f’s) Neil Farraghar, Ronan Joyce. Subs: Alan McDonald for Mick McDonald (34 mins)Ian Kinlan for Ronan Joyce (41mins) Ciaran McDonagh for Neil Farraghar (51 mins)