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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Sars to light up their busy day

Fixture farce unlikely to kill off Crofton's men

KILDARE SFC FINAL

MOOREFIELD v SARSFIELDS

(Newbridge, Tomorrow, 4.15)

TOMORROW'S meeting of the Kildare Champions, Moorefield, and the county's most successful senior club, Sarsfields, will be notable for featuring the most GAA solution to a GAA problem of all time.

With Sarsfields in the minor final against Athy, scheduled for the day's under-card and a total of 13 players overlapping the two panels, the Kildare board - in their eternal wisdom - elected against refixing the minor final.

Instead, they have sandwiched an Intermediate hurling final between Naas and Moorefield between the two matches, to give those co-habiting Sarsfields youngsters 'recovery time'.

Science!

Victory

Indeed there were four minor grade players who partook in their semi-final victory over Athy two Saturdays back.

Ben McCormack and Sean Dempsey scored 2-3 between them that day, Alan Scully played at corner-back, while Con Kavanagh came off the bench, having started most of the previous games.

That there are so many Sars players on both is a sign of the volume and velocity of the player-development system in the club and a win here could, it seems, be the creation of a monster for just about everyone else in the county.

Mind you, Athy had that same premonition back in 2011, such was the talent and age profile of their squad. But it didn't just work that way.

Neither team here is particularly laden with inter-county players at present but in the case of Sarsfields, you'd expect that to change somewhat over the coming years.

For their part, Moorefield only just got past Celbridge in the semi-final by two points, having to score a goal through Niall Hurley-Lynch within 15 seconds and watching as Celbridge shot all of 17 wides.

They are, however, reigning county champions and were a much better team than Sarsfields in the final last year, and a side one for whom the whole tends to make a much more defiant statement than the sum of its parts.

Against their neighbours and in the face of fixture adversity, Sarsfields should still enjoy their day.

ODDS: Moorefield 10/11, Draw 15/2, Sarsfields 11/8

VERDICT: Moorefield

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