Kildare GAA: Moorefield capture early silverware on the double

Athy and Ballymore come up second best in Aldridge and Dowling Cup finals

Tommy Callaghan

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Moorefield capture early silverware on the  double

Moorefield captain, Cian O'Connor, tries to squeeze past Athy defense during the Aldridge Cup final at Hawkfield

Moorefield captured silverware on the double on Saturday when their senior squad captured the Aldridge Cup, defeating Athy, in a repeat of the 2018 SFC final, while The Moores' second string were too sterong for Ballymore Eustace in Dowling Cup decider.

In the Aldridge decider, The Moores led 1-8 to 0-4 at the break with Eanna O'Connor in magnificent free kicking form, while a brilliant goal from Eamonn Callaghan left the Newbridge boys comfortable at the break.

Athy, came out in the second half  with all guns blazing, hitting  seven  unanswered points to draw level before Moorefield composed themselves in the final  five minutes, going on to win by two.

Scorers: Moorefield Eanna O'Connor 0-8 (7 frees), Eamonn Callaghan 1-1, Adam Meehan 0-1, Adam Tyrrell 0-1.

Athy, James Eaton 0-4 (2 frees), Liam McGovern 0-3 (1 free), Danny O'Keeffe 0-2, Cathal McCarron 0-1, Donal McGrath 0-1, Pascal Connell 0-1,

Meanwhile in the Dowling Cup, despite dominating for long periods and hitting nine first half wides, Ballymore found themselves one point in arrears at the break (2-3 to 0-8) the goals coming from  the impressive Evan O'Brien and Evan Kavanagh.

Moorefiled, however took over and dominated the second half, going on to record a ten point winning margin on a final score line of Moorefield 2-15 Ballymore Eustace 0-11.

Moorefield, Evan O'Brien 1-5 (2 frees), Evan Kavanagh 1-0, Ciaran Kely 0-6 (3 frees), Robbie Higgins 0-1, Aaron Mullins 0-1, Sean McDonnell 0-1, David Brannigan 0-1.

Ballymore Eustace, Niall Murphy 0-5 (3 frees), Joe Broderick 0-2, Michael Steward Byrne 0-1, Aaron Deegan 0-1, Caolan Halpin 0-2 (1 free).