Sarsfields 0-5 -
Ballymun Kickhams 1-8
Sarsfields hopes of reaching a Leinster club final were dashed in Newbridge today when Dublin’s Ballymun Kickhams scored a second half goal to win their semi-final clash.
The Kildare champions had plenty of chances but on a wet day, their 15 wides proved fatal to their chances of reaching the provincial final. Ballymun led 5-2 at half-time and while Sarsfields dominated after the break, they could only get within one of Ballymun. When star forward Alan Smith had to retire injured with 20 minutes left, it made life even more difficult for the mis-firing Sarsfields attack.
13 minutes before the end, Ballymun netted the game’s only goal when Ted Furman scrambled the ball into the net. That score was decisive and the Dublin champions finished in style with three more points – including two brilliant placed kicks from Dean Rock – to book a final date with Portlaoise.
It was the second year in a row that the Kildare senior champions bowed out at the semi-final stage in Leinster after Athy lost to last year’s champions Garrycastle in the penultimate stage in 2011.