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Sunday 22 October 2017

Moorfield men favourites to win bragging rights' battle

KILDARE SFC FINAL

MOOREFIELD v SARSFIELDS

(Newbridge, Tomorrow 3.30)

THE town of Newbridge will split down the middle tomorrow afternoon when these two entrenched rivals do battle for county glory and, just as important, all local bragging rights over the next 12 months.

From the outset, Moorefield have been tipped to reclaim a title last garnered in 2007 and that remains the case entering the home straight -- yet the 9/4 odds available on Sarsfields may be tempting for those who believe anything can and does happen in a two-horse derby race.

The good news for Sarsfields? Well, unlike their neighbouring foes who lost an early group game to St Kevin's, the Sash have not been beaten in this year's SFC campaign.

Another plus is Alan Smith's excellent club form, highlighted by his seven-point haul when they dethroned St Laurence's by 0-13 to 0-7 in their recent semi-final.

And finally, even though discipline was called into question after Sars finished that semi with 13 men, Alan Barry's red card was subsequently rescinded on appeal to the Kildare hearings committee on Wednesday night.

Barry's midfield availability is a major plus given that the underdogs are already without their injured talisman, cruciate victim Dermot Earley.

Earley's absence is counteracted by the injuries that have sidelined Daryl Flynn and Ross Glavin in the Moorefield engine-room.

Still, Moorefield have for several years boasted the strongest playing resources in Kildare, with a long line of players who have either worn the Lilywhite jersey or are close to the county standard.

Now managed by former Dublin star Jack Sheedy, they demolished the young pretenders from Athy, 1-16 to 1-6, at the penultimate stage and a repeat of that performance would probably be enough to propel them over the line.

ODDS: Moorefield 4/9, Draw 7/1, Sarsfields 9/4

VERDICT: Moorefield

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