SCOIL Mhuire, Clane, qualified for the semi-final of the Leinster PP ‘A’ Football Championship on Tuesday afternoon following a three point win over St Mel’s College of Longford, played at the former Athlone IT now known as TUS.
Played in perfect conditions Mel’s opened the scoring with a Matt Carey point which was cancelled out by Alan Fanning for the Clane side by the 10th minute. Carty scored again but a free kick from Scoil Mhuire’s midfielder, Darragh Swords from Newtown Gaels, was flicked to the net by another Newtown Gaels player, JP Gill, for the first of their three first half goals.
Goal number two came just before the first half water break through Oisin O’Sullivan, brother of Kildare senior player, Shane. A three man move involving DJ Percival, JP Gill and Sean Tighe ended with Alex Lenihan from Allenwood finishing the ball to the net on 23 minutes and when they added two points from Darragh Swords frees and one from play
Two pointed frees from Swords and a point from play by Percival saw the Clane side go in comfortably 11 points up at the break.
On the restart Mel’s outscored Scoil Mhuire by 0-3 to 0-1 with Adam Donnelly, substitute Michael Flynn and a Matt Carey free all raising white flags before the Clane side were on target again through Gill.
With St Mel’s now dominating Paddy Moran added a point before reducing the deficit further with a penalty after Daire O’Doherty was penalised for a foot block for which he received a yellow card.
The pressure continued on the Clane side after the second half water break with Moran and Michael Flynn adding points to leave just three points between them with five minutes remaining. However thanks to some outstanding defending by Clane and in particular
Scoil Mhuire certainly had their backs to the wall but some stout hearted defending, particularly from Alex Kehoe, Swords and Percival, saw them hold out for the three point victory.
SCOIL MHUIRE : Hugh Muldoon; Daire O’Doherty, Cathal McKennedy (Newtown Gaels), Sean Sheridan; James Kealy (Robertstown), Alex Kehoe (Newtown Gaels), Enda Keane (St Kevin’s); Alex Lenihan 1-0, Darragh Swords 0-2 (2f )(Newtown Gaels); Cormac Denagher (Allenwood), Adam Fanning 0-01, Sean Tighe; DJ Percival 0-1 (Newtown Gaels), JP Gill 0-1 (Newtown Gaels), Oisin O’Sullivan 1-0. Subs: Darragh Mullahy for Oisin O’Sullivan 35; Aidan Ralph (Robertstown) for Cormac Denagher 46.
ST MEL’S: Oisin McManus; Diarmuid Farrell, Conor Smith, Eamonn Igoe; Johnathan Burke, Adam Donnelly 0-1, David Moorhead; Cormac Harte, Jack Bolton; Ronan Courtney, Matt Flynn, Adam Flynn; Gavin Farrelly, Paddy Moran 1-2 (1-0 pen), Matt Carey 0-3 (1f). Subs: Michael Flynn 0-2 for Gavin Farrelly (half time); Conor Clancy for Ronan Courtney 45; Ross Shields for David Moorhead (45 minutes); Dylan Faye for Diarmuid Farrell 62.
REFEREE: Niall Ward, Westmeath.