13-man Moorefield battle against the odds to be crowned kings of Kildare
MOOREFIELD 0-11 CELBRIDGE 0-9
MOOREFIELD secured a ninth Kildare senior football championship in amazing circumstances at St Conleth's Park today, playing with 13 men for two-thirds of the final.
And there could be no disguising the merit of this victory for Ross Glavin's men, whose teamwork against the numerical odds was in stark contrast to a Celbridge team lacking coherent ideas of how to break down their opponents.
Moorefield looked to have left themselves an impossible scenario after pressing the self-destruct button twice in a matter of minutes midway through the first half.
It all started with Adam Tyrrell's 18th minute penalty – his first effort was saved by Shane McNamara, then Michael Konstantin's last-ditch block denied the same player from the rebound.
However, before Eanna O'Connor had converted the resultant '45' to leave it 0-4 to 0-1, Celbridge's Fergal Conway ended up on the turf and it resulted in a straight red card for Moorefield captain Daryl Flynn.
And then it turned even worse for the Newbridge men, who lost David Whyte for an off-the-ball elbow on Paddy Brophy. Cue another straight red – and Moorefield, albeit leading by three, looked to be staring at Everest.
Instead, they finished the half strongly to lead by 0-7 to 0-2 at the break; briefly edged six clear through the excellent Eddie Heavey; and then defended brilliantly to shut out danger man Brophy and his Celbridge colleagues.
SCORERS - Moorefield: E O'Connor (3f, 1 '45'), A Tyrrell (4f) 0-4 each, E Heavey 0-2, K Murnaghan 0-1. Celbridge: D Hughes (1f), S Harte (2f) 0-3 each, K Flynn, D Corcoran, P Brophy 0-1 each.
MOOREFIELD: T Kinsella; S Healy, L Healy, L Callaghan; J Murray, M Dempsey, K Murnaghan; D Flynn, A Masterson; C O'Connor, E Heavey, D Whyte; E O'Connor, A Tyrrell, N Hurley-Lynch. Subs: R Sweeney for Hurley-Lynch (22), R Houlihan for Healy (40), A Mullins for C O'Connor (49).
CELBRIDGE: S McNamara; M Konstantin, O Lyons, D McEvoy; M O'Grady, H McGrillen, K Flynn; C Brophy, F Conway; T Archbold, P Brophy, J Costello; S Harte, K Murphy, D Hughes. Subs: D Corcoran for McEvoy (19), M O'Sullivan for Murphy (39), K O'Callaghan for Archbold (51), P Carty for Harte (52).
REF: N McKenna (Ballyteague).