Rooney the su­per­sub as Jocks edge out Fechin’s

Solid start proves cru­cial for Gaels

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NAOMH Mairtin got their sea­son un­der way with a hard fought win over St.Fechins in Monaster­boice with JP Rooney prov­ing to be the match-win­ner as he scored 1-3 af­ter com­ing on as a se­cond half sub.

St Fechins played with the wind in their backs but the early scores were shared be­fore John Clut­ter­buck fired in the first goal of the game to give the Mairtins the ad­van­tage.

The Fechins re­sponded in im­pres­sive fash­ion and with Jamie King in fine scor­ing form they went three points in front. How­ever the teams went in level at half time 1-5 to 0-8 af­ter points from Conor Whe­lan, Val Leddy and Eoghan Cal­laghan for the Mairtins.

Naomh Mairtin made a few changes at half time and they came out of the blocks strongly and re­gained the lead through points from Conor Whe­lan and a great score from Eoghan Cal­laghan. St. Fechins how­ever were never too far be­hind and were kept in the game by some great free kick tak­ing from King.

A Niall Devlin goal had the Fechins ahead once again but they were un­able to main­tain that ad­van­tage as Rooney’s in­tro­duc­tion proved de­ci­sive. The for­mer Louth player hit the net from a penalty and added three points to help his side to vic­tory. MAIRTINS: Dar­ren Mor­gan; Alan Downey, Paul Berrill, Jack McCarville; Padraig McDon­agh, Thomas Sul­li­van, John Clut­ter­buck 1-1; Val Leddy 0-1, Gavin Mooney; Joe McGrane 0-1, Wayne Camp­bell, Conor Healy; Conor Whe­lan 0-4, Conor Mor­gan, Eoghan Cal­laghan 0-2. Subs: Jack Mur­phy for Healy, Ea­monn McQuil­lan for J McCarville, JP Rooney 1-3 for C Mor­gan, Fran­cis McCul­lough for C Whe­lan, Mark Whe­lan for A Downey, Adam Win­ters for P McDon­agh.

FECHINS: Niall McDon­nell; Leo McGrane, David Collier, Niall Carolan; Paul Dil­lon, Colm McCabe, Stephen McEvoy; Niall McCabe, Gerry Camp­bell; Matthew Flana­gan, Brian Devlin, Joseph Cor­ri­gan; Niall Devlin 1-1, Jamie King 0-11, Harry Haugh­ney. Subs: Evan Kelly, Alex Smith, Danny Bur­nell, Todd Reilly. A strong first half show­ing helped Dun­dalk Gaels take firm con­trol of this Shee­lan Cup clash at The Ram­parts and in the end they emerged with a com­fort­able six-point vic­tory.

The Dun­dalk men went into this game strongly fan­cied to get their sea­son off to a win­ning start and they rarely looked in trou­ble as the Glen Em­mets were un­able to ask any se­ri­ous ques­tions.

Derek Crilly fin­ished top scorer for the Gaels with five points and his ac­cu­racy helped the hosts to lead by 0-7 to 0-1 at the break.

The se­cond half was a rather tame af­fair with the teams shar­ing four points as the Gaels cruised to vic­tory. GAELS: Joe Dono­hoe; David McComish, Jamie Faulkner; Conor Mor­gan, Sean Mur­ray, Oisin Mur­ray, David Maloney; Derek Crilly 0-5, Sean McCann 0-1; Ea­monn Kenny, Jamie Clarke 0-1, Barry Wat­ters; Eanna McAr­dle 0-2, Gary Shevlin, Chris Sweeney. Subs: Em­met Lyn­d­sey, Peter McGin­nity, Padraig Fal­lon, Jor­dan Keat­ing.

GLEN EM­METS: Conor Kelly; Evan Lynch, Evan English, Keith Boy­lan; An­drew Mooney, Stephen Healy, Jamie Far­nan 0-1; Rob­bie Byrne, Sean Byrne; Sam Kenny, Ro­nan Gruf­ferty, Keith Lynch; Ben Hil­liard, Kee­lan O’Neill 0-1, Isaac Walsh. Subs: Joe Far­relly for B Hil­liard, Gor­don Healy for R Byrne, Ae­neas McAuliffe 0-1 for K Lynch, Damien Grimes.

To­mas Cal­lan, O’Raghal­laighs tack­les

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