MOOREFIELD manager, Luke Dempsey is planning without the services of three of his star players ahead of this Sunday’s Kildare SFC final at St Conleth’s Park.
The former Westmeath and Carlow boss has confirmed that Daryl Flynn, David Whyte and Eddie Heavy will not be involved when the Moores lock horns with their fellow Newbridge outfit Sarsfields.
Flynn’s non-involvement has been accounted for due to long standing marriage plans abroad (before he picked up a late red card in the semi final win over Athy) while both Whyte and Heavey are caught up with their commitments in the Defence Forces.
“We have lost David Whyte, who is starting a Rangers course in the army today and he was man of the match against Clane,” explained Dempsey, immediately after Moorefield’s 2-9 to 0-10 last four win over the 2011 Kildare champions last Sunday week (29 September).
“We’ve also lost Eddie Heavy, who is gone to Syria and he was having a great campaign – he went last Friday (27 September)…
“The only way that David Whyte will be part of our match day panel is if he doesn’t get picked after the first week on the Rangers course, which by the way has a high failure rate,” continued Dempsey, albeit with a reluctant grin.
“But as much as I would love him to fail so that he can be part of our plans, in truth I wish only the best for him and his future.
“Eddie went with the Irish soldiers last Friday. He felt so bad about going but you can’t stop young lads, particularly in this day and age, who are advancing their careers.
“So we had to make two big changes for today’s (Athy) match and in any group of 15 that is hard. Ian Lonergan and Frank Hannify came in and I thought they were excellent and really I am delighted with the hard work all the Moorefield lads have put in since the start of the year.
“But we have big issues now for the County Final with Daryl Flynn away and with David Whyte on this three week course but nonetheless we are there and they (Moorefield players) are deserving to be in a County Final as far as their commitment and dedication goes.”
Dempsey though, bemoaned his side’s first half showing against Athy having played second fiddle for long spells of the opening period. Yet, they still went into the break 2-4 to 0-6 in front after Athy failed to score after the 14th minute.
“Very happy with the second half to be honest with you. I wasn’t happy with the way we played in the first half. I thought in the second half that everything that we had practiced and drilled came off in the first 20 minutes and but for some wayward shooting we would have been miles ahead.
“But we didn’t concede a goal and then the second goal, following great work by Daryl Flynn, who I thought he had a masterful game, who charged forward to create that score.
“Those six points (two goals) kept us in touch but I thought in the second half I thought there was only one team in it to be; they didn’t perform in the first half and that is something that I would be worried about coming into the County Final.
“County Finals are notorious for being 50/50 and I know that from my own experiences down through the years. We are going into this match; it’s the big day, the marquee day in club football – you’ve got two of the most outstanding clubs in the country, never mind Kildare, in the final and what more could the Kildare County Board want?”
“But they are fantastic lads; league champions, Aldridge Cup champions and now in the final going for Sarsfields’ treble of last year. We are chasing that one. It’s great to be in a County Final and that is what club football is all about.”