Ardclough GAA win Kildare SF Championship 1949 match reports

Irish Independent: Kildare champions held by Ardclough See pics

Army 1-8 Ardclough 1-8

Ardclough Kildare senior  football champions 1949

Ardclough Kildare senior football champions 1949

The largest crwod ever to pack the Droichead Nua grounds yesterday saw Ardclough hold Army (holders) to a 1-8 each draw in the Coo Kildare Senior Football final.

Lady luck was not weith the holders for they pounded the opposing defence during the final quarter, but posts and crossbar came to rescue of the Ardclough defence, which was always hard to pierce.

When Graham shot Ardclough’s first point, Army were disorganised, and in another Ardclough rush Burke fisted to the net.

Soon after Graham raised another white flag and then Army settled down, and Sean brennan had an army goal from a penalty. Gallagher added a point before Conroy had an Ardclough point. Shortly after a free by Gallagher resulted in an army point and then McNicholas and Brennan had further points for the holders. Butler had an Ardclough point before the interval to leave the teams level at 1-4.

On the resumption Ardclough attacked and had three points per Graham (2), and Burke. Gallagher had an army point and Cullen replied for Ardclough.

In the final quarter it was all army and pints from Gallagher and John Joe O’Reilly preceded the equalizing point by Flynn.

For Army Brennan, M O’Brien, O’Reilly and Quinn were best while C Burke and Graham were best for Ardclough.

Irish Independent Monday Oct 4 1949: First Kildare Title For Ardclough See pics

Ardclough 1-11 Army 2-6

All attendance records went by the board at Droichead Nua yesterday when a crowd approaching the ten thousand mark saw Ardclough take their first County Kildare title by defeating the holders, Army, in the senior football final replay, which was pakced with interest throughout.

It was a wonderful victory for the North kildare team, which was not generally expected to prove equal to an army side which included Sean Gallagher and Quinn of Antrim, JJ O’Reilly of cavan and Donovan and Brennan of Kildare.

In the drawn game of two weeks ago it was the Army’s fighting finish which forced a replay. Yesterday, the boot was on the other foot, for Ardclough dominated in the final quarter, and six points scored in that period put the issue beyond doubt.

There were some brilliant Ardclough movements engineered by Graham and Burke in the closing stages and their forwards made the most of every opportunity, despite some good work in the Army defence by M o’Brien.

Scores were level 1-5 to 1-5 at half-time

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