Gorey boys re­joice

Naomh Eanna will face Sars­fields

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - DEAN GOOD­I­SON

NAOMH EANNA STARLIGHTS

NAOMH EANNA will face Sars­fields in the New Ross Stan­dard Un­der-14 Football Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion 1 final af­ter they over­came a bat­tling Starlights in St Pa­trick’s Park on Thurs­day evening last.

This game had to be re-ar­ranged af­ter a nasty in­jury to Stars for­ward Jamie Don­nelly brought a pre­ma­ture end to the orig­i­nal semi-final en­counter four weeks prior. Gorey were win­ning that game and they de­served their vic­tory here too.

How­ever, it was a very sim­i­lar game to the pre­vi­ous en­counter in many ways. The Belle­field side em­ployed the same tac­tic of quickly go­ing long and had they got a lit­tle more luck it could have been a dif­fer­ent out­come al­to­gether.

Shane Flood scored a lovely goal, af­ter good work by Kyle Kenny and Tom Wheat­ley, in the third minute. Yet Oisin Pep­per raced through on goal twice soon af­ter and smashed his shot, on both oc­ca­sions, nar­rowly wide of the far post.

Strong run­ning by J.J. Twamley opened up the de­fence for Lee Cushe to rat­tled in goal num­ber two in the 15th minute be­fore the provider of that goal, plus Rian Fitz­patrick, knocked over points to make it 2-2 to nil.

Ste­fan San Au­gustin was next to break through on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sion at the other end. With his first shot he thumped the up­right, just above the cross­bar and mo­ments later he flashed over. Bill Peare nar­rowly missed the met­al­work too as his mi­nor left two goals be­tween the sides at the break.

The game’s third goal was al­ways go­ing to prove vi­tal. It clearly wasn’t go­ing to be Starlights night when Peare lashed just over and, min­utes later, Matt Kin­nard cracked the post. It was no sur­prise when Gorey took their chance in the 45th minute when substitute Ruad­han Red­mond crept one past Adam Shig­gins.

Af­ter nice scores by Cor­mac Doyle and Cian Ó Tuama put Gorey 3-9 to 0-6 up, Starlights did at least find a con­so­la­tion goal from the boot of Brian Cronin in in­jury time but it was too lit­tle to late to deny Naomh Eanna a final place.

NAOMH EANNA: Ruairi Tubritt; Conor Kelly, Sean Egan, Dar­ragh Fitz­patrick; Cian Ó Tuama (0-1), Brian Cushe (capt.), Enda McCrea; Cor­mac Doyle (0-1), Rian Fitz­patrick (0-4, 3 frees); Kyle Kenny, J.J. Twamley (0-1), Shane Ma­hon; Tom Wheat­ley, Lee Cushe (1-1), Shane Flood (1-1). Subs. - Luke Dar­ley for Ma­hon (36), Ruad­han Red­mond (1-0) for Wheat­ley (44), also, Tomás Mythen, Niall O’Dwyer, Harry McGuckin, Jack Cur­ley, Dy­lan Cooke Leonard, Daniel En­nis, Scott Mur­phy, Ryan Cal­laghan, Ruari Sheil, Jamie McGrainer, Ross Ka­vanagh, Ruad­han Comer­ford, Tiar­nan Black, Eoin Mur­phy, Mark Kinch, Stephen Smith, Mylie Con­nors, Michael Di­neen.

STARLIGHTS: Adam Shig­gins; Shaun Leacy, Jack Ke­hoe, Tommy McVeigh; Mikey Webster, Ro­nan Ker­vick (capt.), Shane Far­rell; Matt Kin­nard, Ste­fan San Au­gustin (0-1); Kian Mur­phy, Christo­pher O’Leary, Danny Breen (0-2 frees); Jamie Don­nelly, Bill Peare (0-3), Oisin Pep­per. Subs. - Brian Cronin (1-0) for Far­rell, inj (19), Re­gan Treacy for Leacy (32), Jeff Buck­ley for Breen (50), Ri­ley Do­ran for Don­nelly (50), Jor­dan Shar­lott for O’Leary (50), Jake McCarthy for Webster (50+1), also, Billy Red­mond, Bill Collins, Cal­lum Mur­phy.

REF: Mick Lani­gan (Shel­maliers).

Shane Flood scores a goal for Naomh Eanna against Starlights in St. Pa­trick’s Park.

Naomh Eanna’s Kyle Kenny looks to take on Matt Kin­naird of the Starlights in their clash at St Pa­trick’s Park.

Danny Breen of the Starlights gets his pass away as Naomh Eanna’s Dar­ragh Fitz­patrick closes in.

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