Thursday, October 15, 2020

Not content with providing Teams of the Year our Sports Team led by Richard Commins has also had a looking at the Senior Teams’ Rankings for 2020.

See how your team fared.

By Richard Commins

After 34 games we bring you the Kildare Nationalist Sport view on where each of the Senior clubs ranked over the last couple of months.

  1. ATHY

No debate here. They beat the two Newbridge teams to win the Dermot Bourke Cup and won all six of their games along the way, including a high-quality battle with Clane in the group. Their seventh title and first in nine years. Can they repeat the feat in 2021?

  1. MOOREFIELD

A toss-up between outgoing champions Sarsfields and their neighbours but Moorefield get the nod for reaching the final and fighting back from poor starts against Johnstownbridge and Athy. A period of transition likely awaits.

  1. SARSFIELDS

A disappointing season in the end, but they have the potential to bounce back next year. After a straightforward group they perhaps came into the semi-final undercooked. Still could have beaten Athy if they took the chances they created.

  1. CELBRIDGE

Where to from here? Came into the semi-final in great form and O’Grady’s goal gave them the platform to beat Moorefield. Not for the first time they shrunk back into their shell and allowed the chance to slip by. Would remind you of Kildare at times.

  1. RAHEENS

Surprise team of the championship. Beat Maynooth comfortably, very unlucky to lose to Carbury and then beat Moorefield when the chips were down to qualify for a quarter final in which they gave Sarsfields a very good game.

  1. JOHNSTOWNBRIDGE

Marginally ahead of Clane given the latter’s poor quarter-final performance. Beat Larries and Eadestown in their group but slaughtered by Sarsfields and allowed a big lead to slip away against Moorefield in the quarter final. Can’t seem to beat the Big 4.

  1. CLANE

Raheens and Clane were the most upwardly mobile teams in the championship. After a few relegation escapes, hit the ground running with a big win against Monasterevan and then came within a point of taking Athy’s scalp. Win against Castledermot was less impressive and a no show against Celbridge to go out. Progress.

  1. CARBURY

Didn’t escape the group but won two games after a poor start against Moorefield when they were missing Eoghan O’Flaherty. One of only two teams to lower Raheens’ colours they also came through a tight game with Maynooth with a strong finish.

  1. ROUND TOWERS

Might feel they should be in the top eight having reached the quarter finals but their performance there against Athy was a huge disappointment. The win against Naas was a shock, but thoroughly deserved and a win against struggling Confey put them through before their final group game with Celbridge. A positive season.

  1. NAAS

After last year’s debacle Naas at least avoided a relegation battle. But finishing behind Towers in their group was a major blow. Ran Celbridge close thanks to a superb first- half performance but could not keep it up.

  1. CASTLEDERMOT

With Gavin Keating pointing frees for fun, their comfortable win over Monasterevan assured them of safety and they ran Clane to a point in the game that decided second spot in the group. Always seem to do just enough to stay senior.

  1. ST. LAURENCE’S

Not their best year. Gave themselves a cushion with the opening round win over Eadestown but could have conceded a hatful of goals that day. They did against Johnstownbridge – five, and another three against Sarsfields. Slipping.

  1. MAYNOOTH

Poor start going down to Raheens by ten points and with Moorefield next up they were in a struggle right away. Five-point margin v Moores was harsh. Almost beat Carbury in their third game. Lost the dreaded penalty shoot out to Eadestown but had enough to beat Monasterevan in the “final” to retain senior status. Missed Neil Flynn when injured.

  1. EADESTOWN

Obviously close between Maynooth and Eadestown but the latter shipped 4-15 to each of Sarsfields and Johnstownbridge while losing narrowly to St. Laurence’s in a game they should probably have won. Penalties saved them.

  1. CONFEY

There were rumours that Confey might struggle to field a side in round one. They did but were hammered by Celbridge and took big beatings by Naas and Towers as well. Lucky perhaps to draw Monasterevan in the relegation semi-final and did what they had to do in that one.

  1. MONASTEREVAN

Second successive Intermediate champions to go straight back down and they struggled from day one when Clane tore them apart. Performances against Castledermot and, in particular, Athy, improved, but outgunned by Confey and Maynooth as they went down. A chastening experience.

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