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Kildare SFC Semi-Finals Preview

Newbridge is the location for the Kildare SFC semi-finals this weekend. Both games will be played on Saturday. Firstly, at 2pm before the second game throws-in at 4.30pm.

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The first game sees Moorefield take on Celbridge. After escaping Group B on Points Difference, Moorefield had a point to prove in the quarter-final. Last weekend, Johnstownbridge took them on in the quarter-final. Last year’s runners-up shook off any cobwebs though and won 1-18 to 2-09. After winning the Championship in 2017 and ’18, Moorefield are aiming to reclaim the title.

On the other hand, Celbridge are trying to win their first Championship since 2008. In the meantime, they lost the 2017 final. On that occasion, Moorefield was also the opposition. This year Celbridge mean business though. After topping Group D, they made a big impression in the quarter-final. In the end, they defeated Clane 1-18 to 0-07.

Subsequently, holders Sarsfields play Athy. Last year, Sarsfields needed a replay to beat Moorefield in the final. But, they have had no such challenge yet this year. Raheens were their most recent victims. In the quarter-final, it finished 2-14 to 2-06 to the reigning champions. Sarsfields managed to win back-to-back Championships in 2015 and ’16. Now, they are on course to repeat this feat.

Sarsfields’ final opponents in 2015 are again the opposition this weekend. Group A winners Athy are enjoying a good season themselves. In their quarter-final, they saw off Round Towers with ten points to spare. Athy have names such as the Hylands, Kevin Feely, Niall Kelly, Liam McGovern, and Paschal Connell in their ranks. Therefore, they have an array of firepower and experience to get them over the line.

Sarsfields will remain favourites to go on and win the Dermot Bourke Cup. Yet, each of the remaining teams is worthy of a place in the final.

Kildare GAA TV are broadcasting both of the semi-finals from St. Conleth’s Park.

Kildare SFC Semi-Finals: Saturday 26th September

Moorefield vs Celbridge, 2pm

Sarsfields vs Athy, 4.30pm


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