Kildare GAA: Confey shock Celbridge to reach SHC final

Deserved win for Tom Maloney's side

Tommy Callaghan

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Kildare GAA: Confey shock Celbridge to reach SHC final

Confey Aidan Ryan has his run checked by Celbridge Billy White during the Senior Hurling Championship semi final

Confey caused a major upset in the opening game at St Conleth's Park this afternoon when booking a place in next weekend's Haven Hire SHC final following a well deserved seven point over a fancied Celbridge side.

In a game dominated by the conditions as the rain never stopped throughout it was Confey who worked the hardest throughout and with David Slattery causing all sorts of problems and goals coming at the right time from Kieran Divilly and Frank Bass Celbridge had no response.

Confey led at the break 0-6 to 0-3 and while they had to face into the breeze in the second half it was they who scored the vital two opening points to stretch their lead.

Celbridge did reduce the gap to three but that was as good as it got when David Slattery picked up a great ball, soloed, before crossing to Frank Bass, the substitute made no mistake to fire to the net.

Final score: Confey 2-9 Celbridge 0-8.

Scorers: Confey, Frank Bass 1-0, Kieran Divilly 1-0, David Slattery 0-3, Paul Divilly 0-2, Shane Lawless 0-2, Padraig Keegan 0-2 (2 frees).

Celbridge, Paul Moloney 0-6 (3 frees), Leo Quinn 0-1, Jamie Connolly 0-1.

CONFEY: Shane Quinn; Fiachra Lynch, Sean Leamy, Kevin Chan; Anto Hoare, Niall Glennon, Ronan McNamara; Paul Divilly, Aidan Ryan; Colm Chan, Philip Quigley, Shane Lawless; Padraig Keegan, Kieran Divilly, David Slattery. Subs: Frank Bass for Kieran Divilly (46 minutes).


CELBRIDGE: Michael Crowley; Michael O'Donovan, Patrick Curtin, Sean O'Sullivan; Kevin Murphy, Mark Moloney, Niall Ó Muineacháin; Aaron Doran, Billy White; Leo Quinn, Fergal Conway, Andy Shannagher; Jamie Connolly, Colman O'Donovan, Tom Finnerty. Sub: Fiachra Ó Muineacháin for Mark Moloney (blood sub 5-8 minute); Fiachra Ó Muineacháin for Andy Shannagher (39 minutes); Aidan O'Riain for Tom Finnerty (53 minutes); Patrick Leahy for Jamie Connolly (57 minutes).

REFEREE: Ray Kelly.