Saints book fi­nal date with Knock­bridge

The Argus - - SPORT -

ST Fechin’s dashed Naomh Moninne’s two-in-a-row hopes with a gutsy come­back in last Satur­day’s Louth SHC semi-fi­nal.

With Knock­bridge top­ping the groups stage to se­cure a di­rect route to the fi­nal, Moninne looked a good bet to join them when they opened 1-7 to 0-3 lead to­wards the end of the open­ing half.

The open­ing ex­changes were even enough, but 1-4 with­out re­ply, in­clud­ing a rather for­tu­nate Fei­dhlim Joyce goal saw them open a seven-point lead.

How­ever, their op­po­nents hit back straight away and 1-1 from Vin­cent Hynes in in­jury-time made for much more ap­peal­ing half-time deficit for the Ter­mon­feckin men as they trailed by 1-7 to 1-4.

Mon­nine seemed to be hold­ing them at bay af­ter the break as they ex­tended their lead to four, 1-10 to 1-6, but a clin­i­cal pur­ple patch from Fechin’s saw them seize con­trol of the con­test.

They drew level with a fierce shot from Paddy Lynch that gave an un­sighted Gra­ham Har­ring­ton no chance and a free from Paddy Lynch and a Paul Matthews point saw them hit the front for the first time since the open­ing min­utes of the game.

The ac­cu­rate Dar­ren Geoghe­gan man­aged to cut the gap to the min­i­mum, 2-10 to 2-12, but Fechin’s fin­ished strongly as points from Lynch, from a ‘65’ and Niall Devlin booked their place in the fi­nal as they bid to re­gain their ti­tle from 2016.

ST FECHINS: Stephen Hack­ett; Cor­mac McAu­ley, Barry Devlin, Niall Devlin (0-1); Michael Byrne, Oisin Byrne, Liam Ryan; David Stephen­son, Donal Ryan; Seaghan Con­neely (0-1), Vin­cent Hynes (1-1), Paddy Lynch (1-6, five frees); Paddy McCor­mack, Paul Matthews (0-1), Michael Ryan (0-1). Subs - John Cros­bie (0-1) for D Stephen­son (37 mins), Bren­dan Hynes for C McCauley (58).

NAOMH MONINNE: Gra­ham Har­ring­ton; Mat­tie Fee, Chris Len­non, Paul Chal­loner; David Yore (0-1), Diar­muid Mur­phy, Stephen Rafferty; Dar­ren O Han­ra­han (0-1), Fei­d­helm Joyce (1-0); Philip Englishby, Johnny Carter, Dar­ren Geoghe­gan (0-9, seven frees); Tadhg Moore, Oisin Drumm, Ro­nan Geoghe­gan (0-1). Subs - Padraic Fal­lon for J Carter (27), Eoin Mur­phy for R Geoghe­gan (52), Daire Flanagan for P Fal­lon (58), Ciaran McG­lynn for Dar­ren O Han­ra­han (60).

REF­EREE: Jim O Rourke (Mon­aghan).

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