Holders Athy set up Carbury date

2011 champions Athy booked their place in the Kildare SFC semi-finals thanks to a 0-10 to 0-7 victory against Moorefield on Saturday.

Despite dominating, Athy’s poor finishing made this game a lot closer than it should have been. The champions had five wides in the first 15 minutes and the sides were level at half-time at 0-5 apiece.

The third quarter belonged to Athy but they couldn’t convert their dominance on the scoreboard and they kicked another six wides before eventually finding the target in the 44th minute.

Four points on the trot put the game beyond Moorefield’s reach as Tony Gibbons, Conor Ronan and Nially Kelly (two) were on target. Ronan Sweeney landed two late frees for the Moores but it mattered little. Athy will now meet Carbury in the semi-finals, in what is a repeat of last year’s final.

Meanwhile Seanie Johnston ensured his St Kevin’s side stayed senior by contributing five points in the relegation final against Round Towers. The Saints won by 0-10 to 0-9, condemning Towers to intermediate football for 2013.

In the senior hurling semi-finals, Confey booked a return date to the county final with a six-point win against Naas, thanks to two late goals in a 3-13 to 1-13 victory. They will have six days to wait to find out who they will play in the final after champions Celbridge snatched a draw (1-14 apiece) against Ardclough.

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