Young attacker departs Kildare setup with 3 Leinster club winners making championship squad

Cian O’Neill has unveiled his championship panel for the summer ahead.

YOUNG FORWARD BEN McCormack has departed the Kildare senior football panel due to work commitments while three players from Leinster club champions Moorefield have been confirmed as part of the Lilywhites setup for the 2018 championship campaign.

pjimage Ben McCormack will not be involved with Kildare this year with James Murray part of the Moorefield group added. INPHO INPHO

McCormack is unable to commit as he has recently commenced his final block release for his electrician’s apprenticeship in Sligo and his college schedule prevents him from travelling back for midweek training sessions. Club commitments from now until 6 May rule McCormack out of weekend sessions which has also been a factor in his departure.

The Sarsfields forward featured six times for Kildare in this season’s league, starting in four games. A talented U21 player, who hit 0-5 in the 2016 Leinster final against Dublin, McCormack started in Kildare’s championship exit in a qualifier against Armagh last July.

Aaron McKay with Ben McCormack Kildare's Ben McCormack in action against Armagh's Aaron McKay in Croke Park last July. Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

Eoin Powderly has also stepped away from the squad due to work commitments having recently qualified as a solicitor. The Kilcock player didn’t make an appearance in the league but had featured in the O’Byrne Cup.

Moorefield, whose All-Ireland club title hopes ended with a loss at the semi-final stage in February to eventual champions Corofin, have three players involved. Kerry native Eanna O’Connor started in their last league game against Galway as he hit 0-4 with defender Mark Dempsey coming on as a sub in that match.

Eanna O'Connor tackled by David Wynne and Sean Kelly Eanna O'Connor in action against Galway duo David Wynne and Sean Kelly. Laszlo Geczo / INPHO Laszlo Geczo / INPHO / INPHO

James Murray, who was an integral member of Moorefield’s progression in the half-back line, is also involved in Cian O’Neill’s plans for the season ahead.

Kildare open their Leinster championship campaign against Louth or Carlow on the weekend of May 26th-27th.

Cian O’Neill Kildare football boss Cian O'Neill. Laszlo Geczo / INPHO Laszlo Geczo / INPHO / INPHO

Kildare 2018 championship panel

  1. Mark Donnellan (Maynooth)
  2. Aaron O’Neill (Carbury)
  3. Peter Kelly (Two Mile House)
  4. David Hyland (Athy)
  5. Mark Hyland (Athy)
  6. Mick O’Grady (Celbridge)
  7. Mark Dempsey (Moorefield)
  8. Eoin Doyle (Naas)
  9. Keith Cribbin (Johnstownbridge)
  10. Johnny Byrne (Allenwood)
  11. Cian O’Donoghue (Clane)
  12. Daniel Courtney (Kilcock)
  13. Kevin Flynn (Celbridge)
  14. James Murray (Moorefield)
  15. Kevin Feely (Athy)
  16. Tommy Moolick (Leixlip)
  17. Fionn Dowling (Suncroft)
  18. Paschal Connell (Athy)
  19. Luke Flynn (Johnstownbridge)
  20. David Slattery (Confey)
  21. Fergal Conway (Celbridge)
  22. Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge)
  23. Niall Kelly (Athy)
  24. Ruadhán O’Giolláin (Maynooth)
  25. Mark Sherry (Two Mile House)
  26. Paddy Brophy (Celbridge)
  27. Daniel Flynn (Johnstownbridge)
  28. Neil Flynn (Maynooth)
  29. Chris Healy (Two Mile House)
  30. Cathal McNally (Johnstownbridge)
  31. Jimmy Hyland (Ballyteague)
  32. Éamonn Callaghan (Naas)
  33. Éanna O Connor (Moorefield)

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