O’Toole’s book their place in semi-finals
Luke O’Toole’s 2-11, St. Nicholas 0-10: The first of the quarterfinals was played in Annacurra on Friday night and saw Luke O’Toole’s beat St Nicholas after a wellcontested match. JOHN WALL MFC Michael Phelan gave St. Nicholas the lead with a point but points by Andrew Holt, Shane O’Keeffe and Willie Doyle put the O’Toole’s in the driving seat.
Points by Mark Rigley and Kevin Rouse levelled the match but a goal by local lad Ian McDonald in the 21st minute left O’Toole’s leading by 1-6 to 0-6 at half-time.
Shane O’Keeffe stretched the O’Toole’s lead with a point on the restart but Mark Rigley kept the Dunlavin side in touch. Paul O’Keeffe and Willie Doyle added points but Stephen Deering powered through from centreback to rally St. Nick’s with a great point.
The goal that sealed the issue came in the 14th minute.
Brian Walsh, Ian McDonald and Shane O’Keeffe did the spade work and Willie Doyle applied the finish.
Sub Enda Finnan tacked on two points and while Mark Rigley pulled two back in the closing minutes it was not enough to save the day for the boys from the west.
O’Tooles march on to the semi-finals where they take on the holders Blessington while St. Nicholas have still the B Championship to look forward to.
County player Dermot Daly was missing from the St. Nicholas team and was a big loss up front.
Luke O’Toole’s: Niall Byrne, Jason Doyle, Eoin O’Loughlin; Ben Jackman; Martin O’Brien, Robert Lambert, James Gilbert; Brian Walsh, Paul O’Keeffe; Luke Brennan, Stephen Dillon (0-2), Andrew Holt (0-1); Willie Doyle (1-2), Ian McDonald (1-0), Shane O’Keeffe (0-3). Subs Enda Finnan (0-2) for Brennan; Thomas Dalton for Jackman; Niall Dempsey for S.O’Keeffe and Pat Dillon for Doyle.
St. Nicholas: Garry Carroll; Nigel Willis, Kevin Miley, Paul Tackaberry; James Kelly, Stephen Deering (0-1), Jason Bowes; Mark Rigley (0-6), Niall Curran; Kevin Rouse (0-1), Mark Whelan, John Lawlor; Shane O’Rourke (0-1), Michael Phelan (0-1), Colm O’Rourke. Subs. - Ciarán Thornton for Kelly (inj.); David Hanlon for Whelan.