St Mary’s and Gaels draw
SHAMROCK GAELS ST MARY’S 1- 5 0- 8
THE early game in the Lola Montez Junior A Championship was a very entertaining encounter between Shamrock Gaels and St Mary’s on Sunday.
The Group 3 round 2 game saw periods of quality football from both sides. It was St Mary’s who led for most of the match but late in the second half it was Shamrock Gaels who took the lead when influential substitute Brian Boyd netted to put the Riverstown outfit two points in front.
St Mary’s didn’t panic though and with two late points from Darragh Kiely and Jonathan Lynch meant the sides couldn’t be separated at the end.
Shamrock Gaels were ruing a number of wides in the first half, they hit 11 in total in this half as they could have been in front at the break, instead it was the John Lynch managed St Mary’s who were in front by two at the interval. Shamrock Gaels had an Eoin McDermott goal chance slip narrowly wide, the full forward using his height advantage to gain possession in the aerial challenge. It was St Mary’s Hadi Mousa who put them in front with a fine point from play on eight minutes, which was added to by another from half- forward Niall McDermott. St Mary’s Dermot O’Connor was looming close to the Shamrock Gaels goal on 12 minutes, after a good pass from Mousa, but Shamrock Gaels defended well.
A Daniel Lang free on 19 mintues saw them three in front, before Shamrock Gaels registered their first score from a free on 20 minutes, Stephen Willis on target as substitute Brian Boyd was introduced into the fray. Boyd immediately having an impact as he scored straight away. Then on 24 minutes, Shamorck Gaels were awarded a penalty by referee Rory Dillon. The move began when midfielder Cian McDermott sought out the lurking Boyd who was pulled to the ground.
Up stepped Johnny Kenny and the former Sligo Rovers man saw his penalty saved by the outstretched Alan Sheerin in the St Mary’s goal. Aaron McGoldrick scoring the last point of the half as St Mary’s led 0- 4 to 0- 2 at the break. The third quarter was dominated by St Mary’s as Lang and a Lynch free saw them four in front on 43 minutes. From here, Shamrock Gaels bounced back, hitting four unanswered scores. Two Boyd frees in the 50th and 52nd minute was added to by a fine score from play from full- back Gavin McMorrow as Lauri Quinn’s men were only a point adrift. Then a quick move involving midfielder Eoin Carroll fed Boyd who fired into the St Mary’s net on 54 minutes. It seemed as though Shamrock Gaels were going to hold out for a win, but St Mary’s came back in injury time, Kiely pointing from play and Lynch caught the resulting kick- out and scored to level the game.
SHAMROCK GAELS: R Johnston, D Jinks, G McMorrow ( 0- 1), D Murphy, A Kelly, L Tuohy, R Johnston, E Carroll, C McDermott, L Flynn, J Kenny, M Kearns, S Willis ( 0- 1, 1f), E McDermott, K McKenna.
Subs used: B Boyd ( 1- 3, 2f) for E McDermott ( 20), B Tuohy for C McDermott ( 42), M Keegan for Flynn ( 53).
ST MARY’S: A Sheerin, C McKeon ( C), P Murphy, C Mahon, G O’Hehir, J Lynch ( 0- 2, 1f), B O’Donnell, D Corcoran, S Burns, N McDermott ( 0- 1), D Lang ( 0- 2, 1f), A McGoldrick ( 0- 1), H Mousa ( 0- 1), D O’Connor, C Watters.
Subs used: N Feehily for O’Donnell ( 29), M Kilcoyne for McGoldrick ( 47), D Kiely ( 0- 1) for Mousa ( 51), N Smyth for Watters inj ( 59).
Shamrock Gaels Daniel Murphy in possession is closely marked by St Mary’s Seamus Burns and Colm Watters in Markievicz Park.