Minor Champions 2014

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Published on November 16, 2014 with

 Captain’s Profile- Emma Curley



Well done to the ladies minor team and management!

Minor Winning team 2014

Championship Final

Moorefield 1-15 vs Clane 2-9

Saturday 22nd November

Venue: Athy @12















Thanks to MartyCorbett for his report.

The Division 3 Ladies Minor county football final was contested between the ladies of Clane and Moorefield on a clear November day in Athy and both teams put on a memorable display of football which bodes well for the future of Kildare ladies football. The throw in of the ball to start the match was immediately won by Clane’s Sarah Cribbin snr and playing into a slight wind she immediately hit a cross field pass to corner forward Ciara Egan who rounded her player and drove the ball to the top corner of the net. 30 seconds gone and Clane were ahead by a goal. This goal did not disrupt Moorefield’s game plan and with great distribution of play over the next 5 minutes the Moore’s were back level with three great points coming from star forwards Kate Hannon (2) and Samantha Cullen (1). Moorefield continued to dominate the middle third of the field and despite another point from Clane’s Sarah Cribbin snr the Moore’s stretched their lead with points from midfielder Hannah Quirke (2) and speedy corner forward Aisling Murray. The Clane mentors reacted quickly to this turn of events and made two substitutions with half forward Sarah Donlon being replaced by Kayleigh Gill and corner back Niamh Whitaker being replaced by Sinead Cribbin. These changes seemed to gel Clane into a response with quick points from Catherine Fallon, Sorcha Gilman and Ciara Egan. However Moorefield, being led by the accurate shooting of Samantha Cullen, finished the first half strongest with the last three scores and led at half time 0-9 to Clane’s 1-4.

Upon the resumptions, Clane upped the ante significantly and went straight into the attack. Clane’s Grainne Martin finished a great attack with a shot for goal and it was only a great save by Moore’s goalie Marie Grey for a 45’ that saved the day. However with the 45’ being taken quickly by Ciara Egan to Sarah Cribbin jnr and Cribbin knocked over the point for Clane’s first score of the second half. While Moore’s responded and within 5 minutes had re-established their 2-point lead with a well taken point by Samantha Cullen, Clane continued to press and a great move started by centre-back Sinead Corbett was pointed by Sarah Cribbin snr. It was a one point match and with great support from the stands for both sides it was all to play for. On the next Moore’s attack Clane full back Erika Grehan was harshly adjudged to have fouled full-forward Carrie Pedley and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Up stepped Pedley to take the penalty kick but despite a great shot the kick narrowly went wide. The Moore’s forwards did not seem put-off by this miss and in the next two attacks they extended their lead to three points with great scores from Kate Hannon and Lorraine McSorley.

At this stage of the game the momentum was fully with Moorefield and it was only some last ditch Clane defending by Sinead Corbett, Rebecca Brereton and Clodagh Kelly which prevented further scores being registered. Again the Clane mentors made some strategic changes bringing on Cliodhna Connolly into the half forward line for the tiring Grainne Martin. This change again seemed to spur on Clane and with Sorcha Gilman and Lisa Redmond beginning to assert dominance in the forwards Clane scored the next three points from Kayleigh Gill, Catherine Fallon and Sarah Cribbin snr.

With the match all square at 1-09 to 0-12 a decision that mystified the crowd turned the match on its head. Moorefield on a rare attack at this stage sent a cross field kick towards the Clane 21 and when Moore’s corner forward Aisling Murray and Clane goalie Emily McCrory both chasing towards the ball collided the referee decided that the corner-forward had been ‘taken out’ by McCrory and he issued the goalie a yellow card. This decision with the match all square and less than 10 minutes remaining meant that Clane would finish the match with only 14 players. Moore’s pointed the resulting free and over the remaining time they utilised their extra player to the maximum scoring two extra points to stretch their lead to 3 points. Moving into extra time Moore’s put the final nail in the spirited Clane team with a well taken goal by full-forward Carrie Pedley. Clane, to their credit, continued to battle and their efforts were well rewarded with a late penalty which was expertly converted by corner forward Ciara Egan with the last kick of the game to close out proceedings with a victory for Moorefield on a well deserved scoreline of 1-15 to 2-09.

Best for the Moore’s in this display were Pauline Wnek, Kate Hannon and Samantha Cullen while Sarah Cribbin snr, Ciara Egan and Katie Christensen starred for Clane.

Semi Finals

Saturday 15th November

Moorefield (Winners) v Confey Venue: Moorefield @ 12

Clane vs Athy


Div 3, games at 12

Week 1 4th Oct

Clane v Ballykelly
Athy v Rathcoffey
Moorefield 7-17 v Confey 2-9

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Week 2 11th Oct

Ballykelly v Athy
Rathcoffey 0-0 v Moorefield 4-17
Confey Clane


Week 3 18th Oct

Moorefield v Athy
Clane v Rathcoffey
Confey v Ballykelly


Week 4 01/11

Athy v Clane
Rathcoffey v Confey
Ballykelly v Moorefield

Week 4 08/11

Athy v Confey
Clane v Moorefield
Ballykelly v Rathcoffey


A. 1st v 4th
B. 2nd v 3rd

A v B