THIS Leinster Leader SFL Division 1 local derby between Sarsfields and Moorefield had absolutely everything. Seven goals, laced with drama from the first minute to the 63rd minute of play when the Sash, having been under the cosh for much of the second half, managed to hit a spectacular winner when Robbie Confrey found the Moorefield net for the third time to take the points on offer by a single point and thus end Moorefield’s unbeaten run of 2013.
Playing against a gale in the opening half Moorefield were hit with a rocket inside the opening minute when hesitancy by keeper Tom Corley allowed Ray Cahill to find the net and while Moorefield hit back with some magnificent points from Ciarán Kelly, a second goal after nine minutes from Robbie Confrey rocked The Moores once again.
Again they hit back mainly through Ciarán Kelly to level the game after 20 minutes but Sarsfields went in front at the break after Barry Coffey fired over (2-1 to 0-6).
Few would have given Moorefield much of a chance on the resumption but they in turn found the Sash net when Patrick O’Sullivan spilled a ball and the lurking Niall Hurley Lynch made no mistake from close range.
Eddie Heavey increased the lead before Barry Coffey (2) and Seán Campbell had them level on 40 minutes.
Hurley Lynch got his second goal two minutes later and while Barry Coffey replied with a point, Hurley Lynch (a half time substitute) incredibly added his third of the game followed by a point to make it 3-7 to 2-5 after 48 minutes.
A long ball in from Barry Conffey was gathered by Robbie Confrey who turned and buried it and when Coffey landed a ‘45’ on 58 minutes it left just one between the sides.
Niall Hurley Lynch and Ciarán Kelly looked to have sealed it for The Moores pushing them three clear. But substitute Alan Smith brought it back to two before Robbie Confrey got on the end of another long ball in to find the net and give Sarsfields the win by a single point.
Incredible game from start to finish; great entertainment and a game that will certainly whet the appetite as the championship looms.
Sarsfields, Robbie Confrey 3-0, Barry Coffey 0-5 (1 45), Ray Cahill 1-0, Seán Campbell 0-1, Alan Smith 0-1.
Moorefield, Niall Hurley Lynch 3-1, Ciarán Kelly 0-5, Patrick Murray 0-1, Eddie Heavey 0-1, Eoin O’Connor 0-1.
Patrick O’Sullivan; Shane Hurley, Conor Duffy, Ciarán Carey; Ciaran McInerney Aspell, Niall O’Callaghan, Donnchadh McDonnell; Mattie Byrne, Seán Campbell; Michael Browne, Ray Cahill, Barry Coffey; Dan Nea, Robbie Confrey, Ronan Fitzgibbon. Subs: Caoimhin McDonnell for Michael Browne (half time); Alan Smith for Dan Nea (40 minute).
Tom Corley; Lee Murphy, Ger Naughton, Pauric O’Flynn; Kevin Murnaghan, Ian Lonergan, James Murray; David Whyte, Barry Dempsey; Eddie Heavey, Brian McGrogan, Eoin O’Connor; Patrick Murray, Ciarán Kelly, Aaron Mullins. Subs: Adam Tyrrell for Patrick Murray (31 minute); Philie Wolfe for Brian McGrogan (half time); Niall Hurley Lynch for Aaron Mullins (half time); Frank Hanniffy for Barry Dempsey (45 minute); Eamonn Callaghan for Eoin O’Connor (48 minute).