Great weekend for Kildare Clubs in Leinster Club

Wins for Moorefield, Two Mile House and Milltown

Tommy Callaghan

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Great weekend for Kildare Clubs in Leinster Club

Kevin Murnaghan, Moorefield, on the attack against Mullingar Shamrocks

Any day a Kildare club team can win a Leinster Club game is a good day but to win three games on the one weekend has to be applauded and acknowledged as a great feat.
So it's congratulations to the boys of Moorefield who defeated Mullingar Shamrocks; Two Mile House who held off a late charge from Shandonagh of Westmeath while Milltown going to Aughrim and coming away with a victory over Kilcoole has to be something special also.
And now the three clubs have 'home' advantage in the next rounds is certainly something to look forward the weekend after next.
The House were made to work hard and at half time looked in trouble despite leading by four points but they were turning over to play into a very strong, bitterly cold wind in the second and it is to their credit they managed to hold out despite losing two men late on.
The sending off of keeper Didier Cordonnier made the headlines with The House manager insisting his man who was initially booked for kicking a ball away, despite two balls on the pitch at the time, and then was asked to spell his name before being issued with a second card. Strange, to say the very least.
Meanwhile Moorefield are through to the quarter final of the AIB Leinster Club SFC following an, at times, impressive win over Westmeath champions, Mullingar Shamrocks, who defeated Luke Dempsey's St Loman's in the county final, like Moorefield, just seven days previously
It was a game Moorefield were expected to win and win they did and while there was six points separating the sides in the end, it was a game that if the margin was doubled it would have been no surprise.
Adam Tyrrell was in top form again, hitting 2-4 in the opening half and adding a point in the second, in a most impressive display that Shamrocks simply had no answer for.
In charge of this game was David Gough, the Meath official who has gained a reputation for implementing the gum shield rule strictly and to the letter of the law.
Remember this is the same official who sent Kildare captain, Eoin Doyle, to the line in Donegal earlier this year for having no gum shield.
On Sunday in Mullingar before the ball was thrown in one Moorefield player was told by the linesman to get a gum shield which he did but the question has to be asked why on earth was he without a shield in the first place.
Late on in the opening half in Mullingar another Moorefield player was spotted without a gum shield, he was yellow carded and sent to the line to get one.
It is no use blaming the match official who was simply implementing the rules, wearing gum shields is obligatory and punishable with a yellow card, can players not get that into their heads.
As for the game itself and despite playing some impressive football in the opening half, the defending champions, for the second week in a row, allowed their opponents to be still in with a chance coming to the last five minutes or so in a game that should have been wrapped up so much earlier.
Moorefield lost their way a tad in the second half and while it is understandable, due to the fact they won the county final a mere seven days previously, nevertheless it seems that making a lot of changes, for whatever the reason, can, at times, be fraught with danger.
Cast the mind back to last season's Leinster Club final and St Loman's running lads in for the final few minutes to give them game time as they began celebrating, as they thought, a Leinster final victory, and we all know what happened in those vital last five minutes or so.
There is an old colloquialism which suggests that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event while it is still very much in progress. Or to describe it in another often used phrase: “It's never over 'til the fat lady sings.'
Maybe Moorefield should keep that in mind as they bid to progress to the semi final of the Leinster Club against Portlaoise on Sunday week, and hopefully, beyond as they defend their Leinster title won in such dramatic fashion last season.