The talk prior to this MDY SFC clash between Sarsfields and St. Kevin’s was all about Seanie Johnston. The talk after the game was all about a forward but it was not Johnston, it was in fact Ray Cahill, the Sarsfields army man who had a mighty game amassing a personal tally of 1-7 with as good as individual display we have seen for many a long day, writes Tommy Callaghan.
MDY Construction Senior Football Championship Round 2
St Kevin’s: 0-13
And while Johnston had a penalty saved on 60th minute by an alert Patrick O’Sullivan which would have left just two points between the sides, nevertheless Sarsfields were so superior to Kevin’s it beggars belief there was so little between the sides at the end.
Kevin’s set out their stall with at times just Johnston up front, a tactic that simply did not work and if anything handed the initiative to Sarsfields who duly accepted the hand they were dealt.
Sarsfields opened brightly but after ten minues were just ahead by a single point, 0-3 to 0-2 and three minutes later Seanie Johnston had the sides level with a pointed free.
But that was as good as it got for Kevins as The Sash stepped up a gear, hitting 1-5 on the trot, the goal a well worked affair involving Padraig Brennan, Robbie Confrey ending with Ray Cahill finding the ne. Kevin’s got the final score of the half to leave it at the break Sarsfields 1-8 St. Kevin’s 0-4.
Two early Kevin’s points (Michael Kenny and Seanie Johnston) kept the game alive before a brilliant Cahill effort extended the lead to six points.
The next six points were evenly divided before a Barry Noone white flat left five separating the sides. And while Dan Nea got his first score of the game, three points from Barry Noone, Antoine Carew and Seanie Johnston left just four between them.
Padraig Brennan extended that to five before Kevin’s were awarded a penalty after Mark Fitzharris made a fine catch, was hauled down, up stepped Johnston but Patrick O’Sullivan was equal to the task as the final whistle arrived with Sarsfields getting their first win of this campaign on a score line of 1-15 to 0-13.
A win for the Newbridge boys and while manager John Crofton may be a little unhappy that his side did not bury Kevin’s nevertheless he will be happy to get this one done and dusted.
Much more to come one would suspect but for Kevin’s a relegation dog fight is next up and will be interesting to see how they fare out in that.
Sarsfields, Ray Cahill 1-7 (2 frees), Pádraig Brennan 0-4 (2 frees), Declan McKenna 0-1, Robbie Confrey 0-1, Dan Nea 0-2,
St. Kevin’s Barry Noone 0-5 (2 frees), Seanie Johnston 0-3 (1 frees), Michael Kenny 0-1, Cormac Noone 0-1, Declan Flaherty 0-1, Antoine Carew 0-1, Brian Dunne 0-1
Patrick O’Sullivan; Shane Hurley, Seán Campbell, Conor Duffy; Conor Tiernan, Gary White, Robert Murphy; Matty Byrne, Niall O’Callaghan; Declan McKenna, Ray Cahill, Dan Nea; Pádraig Brennan, cpt., Robbie Confrey, Alan Smith. Subs: Michael Browne for Robert Murphy(47 minute); Conor Walsh for Dan Nea (54 minute);
Two Keith Fitzharris; Mark Grace, Jason Brosnan, Dean O’Regan; Damien Reilly, Thomas Barron, Patrick Walshe; Brian Dunne, Michael Kenny; Cormac Noone, Mark Fitzharris, Patrick Curtin; Seanie Johnston, Barry Noone, Cathal O’Leary. Subs: Antoine Carew for Patrick Curtin (29 minute); Declan Flaherty for Patrick Walshe (29 minute); Tadhg McDonald for Damien Reilly (42 minute); Ross Carew for Cormac Noone (55 minute)