Clinical Keegan fires Celbridge to glory

Celbridge 0-23 Éire Óg/Corracchoill 2-11
A Gerry Keegan inspired Celbridge lifted their fourth Kildare senior hurling title in five years with a deserved victory over Éire Óg/Corrachoill at Newbridge yesterday.

Celbridge started brightly and built up an early four-point lead, but goals in the ninth minute from Paul Kennedy and two minutes later by Joe Dempsey put the underdogs ahead. They held that lead until the final ten minutes of the half before Celbridge stepped up a gear and finished the half with six unanswered points to lead 0-12 to 2-3 at the break.

Éire Óg got back on level terms following three points in the early stages of the second half but Celbridge steadied themselves once more and four points in the final ten from the irrepressible Keegan secured the win.

Scorers for Celbridge: B White (6fs), G Keegan (0-7 each), T Murphy 0-3, D Butler, M Moloney (0-2 each), S White, S Cotter (0-1 each).

Scorers for Éire Óg/Corracchoill: D O’Toole (0-7, 4fs), P Kennedy (1-2), J Dempsey (1-0), P Clifford, E Dempsey (0-1 each).

CELBRIDGE: N Lanigan; T Finnerty, F Ó Muineacháin, P Curtin; K Murphy, N Ó Muineacháin, S White; D Moloney, B White; M Moloney, T Murphy, F Conway; D Butler, G Keegan, S Cotter.

Subs: N Kenny for Conway (43), S O’Flynn for D Moloney (52), D Kirwan for Cotter (54), K Bracken for Butler (58).

ÉIRE ÓG/CORRACHOILL: P Dermody; K Moran, B Fitzpatrick, T Cullen; K Connor, D Curran, M Kelly; P Kennedy, J Enright; J Dempsey, P Clifford, JP Crotty; D O’Toole, P Ryan, E Dempsey.

Subs: R Whelan for Crotty (39), S Cooke for Clifford (42), L Power for Ryan (50), G Johnson for Connor (55).

Referee: Dave Coady.

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