St Mary’s, Convoy squeezed into a Junior A semi-final meeting with Red Hughs after a narrow win over Naomh Padraig, Muff.
St Mary’s, Convoy 3-8 Naomh Padraig, Muff 1-12
Muff’s Colm Mc Colgan opened the scoring with a fine point in the third minute, but Convoy responded well with a Gavin Sweeney point in the third minute and a goal by Paddy Dolan a minute later, his first attempt had been saved by keeper Joe Mc Cauley but Darren Bonner picked up the rebound and feed Dolan who made no mistake when given the second chance.
John Toye added another St Mary’s point to make it a four point game but Muff hit back with three in a row in three minutes from Aiden Lynch, Brian McColgan and a James Breslin free to leave one in it.
Back came St Mary’s with three points in a row, all from Anthony Browne, the first a free and then two from play and the lead was out to four again. But the pattern of the teams scoring in threes continued as Muff kicked three, two frees from James Breslin either side of a excellent score from play by Brian McColgan in first-half injury time to leave it 1-5 to 0-07 in favour of Convoy and all to play for in the second-half.
Paddy Dolan kicked an excellent free from 45mts to open the second-half scoring but St Mary’s then missed two good chances before Brian McColgan brought it back to a one point game yet again.
That didn’t last too long as Dolan kicked a super point and then did brilliantly to set up John Toye for a goal, cutting in from the left side and hand passing to Toye who blasted to the roof of the Muff net to make it 2-07 to 0-08 to St Mary’s.
They almost had a third when Paul O’Leary’s shot hit the inside of the post but back again came Muff with a Dermot Keaveny point and then a cracking goal from Oisín McColgan who took a pass from Cathal McColgan and blasted the ball into the top corner of the net to leave it a one point game.
That didn’t last too long as St Mary’s struck back quickly, Dolan looked to be fouled but Referee Marc Browne played a good advantage and Dolan’s shot cum pass found Paul O Leary free in front of goal and he blasted to the net to make it 3-07 to 1-9.
Breslin’s free and a Cathal Mc Colgan point from play narrowed the gap but Paul O Leary replied and try as they might Muff couldn’t come back again as St Mary’s held on to win by 3-8 to 1-12 and clinch a derby semi-final spot with Red Hughs.
St Mary’s, Convoy: Sean Patton, Keelan Gillen, John A Kee , Liam Prunty, Brian McNamee , James Kee, Benny Bonner, Raymond McNamee, Emmet Patterson, Paddy Dolan (1-2), Anthony Browne (0-3, 1f), Gavin Sweeney (0-1), Darren Bonner, Paul O’Leary (1-1) John Toye (1-1). Sub: Michael Ayton for D.Bonner (51).
Naomh Padraig, Muff: Joe McCauley, Justin Gallagher, Damian Laird, Eanna McColgan, Chris O’Donnell, Karl Lynch, Dermot Keaveny (0-1), Cathal McColgan (0-1), Eunan Keaveny, James Breslin (0-5f), Colm McColgan (0-2), Brian McColgan (0-3), Oisín McColgan, Aiden Lynch (0-1), Dermot McColgan. Subs: Mark Doherty for Lynch (25), Oisín McColgan (1-0) and Martin Duffy for E.McColgan and B.McColgan (41).
Referee: Mark Browne (Four Masters).Tags: