Sham­rock Gaels to meet Curry

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT - BY EMMA GAL­LAGHER


Kennedys In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship

Semi fi­nal re­play

IN a blus­tery Bun­ni­nad­den, En­nis­crone/Kil­glass and Sham­rock Gaels took to the field once again for this Kennedys In­ter­me­di­ate semi fi­nal re­play on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The west Sligo men are more than fa­mil­iar with re­plays this sea­son, with their quar­ter fi­nal bout with Bal­ly­mote also go­ing the same route be­fore Con O’Meara’s men pro­gressed to meet the River­stown out­fit in the semi fi­nal. Await­ing the even­tual win­ner in the fi­nal on Oc­to­ber 21st at the same venue stands Curry.

The spec­ta­tors brav­ing the windy con­di­tions were given a game of two very dif­fer­ent tales with the first half be­long­ing very much to En­nis­crone/Kil­glass who looked ex­tremely pacey on the ball and de­spite play­ing into an in­cred­i­bly strong breeze were ac­cu­rate in their shoot­ing, while down the other end, John McPart­land’s Sham­rock Gaels were guilty of a num­ber of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Sham­rock Gaels hit 7 wides in this open­ing 30 min­utes com­pared to their op­po­nents’ two as En­nis­crone/Kil­glass were in com­plete con­trol, par­tic­u­larly in mid­field with broth­ers Cathal and Donal Mul­laney the driv­ing force be­hind much of their team’s at­tack­ing drives.

Sham­rock Gaels although they had squan­dered chances were still right on En­nis­crone/Kil­glass’s tails by the in­ter­val with only a point sep­a­rat­ing the sides.

Brian Cole­man got the first score of the game three min­utes in af­ter Kevin Caw­ley was fouled and the west Sligo men went 2 in front a minute later af­ter a great catch from JP Car­den fed Shane Har­gadon who passed to Mark Gor­don and the cor­ner for­ward didn’t hes­i­tate in slot­ting over from play.

The mo­men­tum was very much with En­nis­crone/Kil­glass in the open­ing stages and there was 8 min­utes on the clock be­fore Sham­rock Gaels got their first score.

Ref­eree Ro­nan Hynes gave a free to them af­ter Car­den han­dled the ball on the ground and up stepped David Quinn with a well-struck free which was warmly greeted by the ma­roon and white sup­port.

Con O’Meara’s men re­sponded al­most im­me­di­ately as Sham­rock Gaels were again rep­ri­manded for foul­ing, this time Michael Moyles was brought down and he bril­liantly sent over the re­sult­ing free even with a strong wind blow­ing in his di­rec­tion.

Quinn added Sham­rock Gaels’s sec­ond on 11 min­utes again from a free from a dif­fi­cult an­gle on the side­line but his at­tempt sailed be­tween the posts as one point sep­a­rated them once again.

The hard­work­ing Donal Mul­laney while driv­ing for­ward was fouled for En­nis­crone/ Kil­glass and Moyles was on tar­get again with his sec­ond free which curled over the bar much to the de­light of the west Sligo sup­port.

Frank Quinn pointed a fan­tas­tic score from close to 50 yards for Sham­rock Gaels on 16 min­utes which En­nis­crone/ Kil­glass re­sponded to al­most im­me­di­ately, Cole­man feed­ing Har­gadon who pointed a fine score from play to give his side a 2 point lead.

It was En­nis­crone/Kil­glass again who won the kick out and pos­ses­sion fell bril­liantly to Har­gadon once more and he ran through the Sham­rock Gaels de­fence be­fore fist­ing over as dou­ble scores sep­a­rated the sides.

The Sham­rock Gaels de­fence was un­der a lot of pres­sure from a con­tin­ual En­nis­crone/Kil­glass at­tack but they kept the score­board tick­ing over as half­time ap­proached, David Quinn point­ing a fan­tas­tic score from the cor­ner on 25 min­utes be­fore a good move in­volv­ing Frank Quinn passed to Dar­ragh Hail­stones who did well to turn and send over Sham­rock Gaels’s 5th point on 29 min­utes.

The hard­work­ing Dil­lon McDer­mott al­most lev­elled the game on the brink of half­time, his long range ef­fort just drop­ping short into En­nis­crone/Kil­glass’s keeper Greg Re­gan’s arms as the west Sligo side led by 6 points to 5 at the break.

As En­nis­crone/Kil­glass dom­i­nated the first half, the sec­ond 30 min­utes be­longed to a resur­gent Sham­rock Gaels.

Two min­utes af­ter the re­sump­tion and they took the lead for the first time in the game af­ter David Quinn blasted to the net from the penalty spot af­ter Brian Boyd was fouled, this would be the score that turned the match and from here they never looked back.

They outscored the west Sligo men by 2-3 to 3 points in this half and were far more free flow­ing in their move­ment and at­tack­ing prow­ess, the en­tire team con­tribut­ing as En­nis­crone/Kil­glass ran out of op­tions. Frank Quinn was an in­te­gral force for Sham­rock Gaels and was also in­volved in the build up to the penalty along with David Quinn.

There was only 11 min­utes on the clock in the sec­ond half and Sham­rock Gaels got their 2nd goal to put six points be­tween them. Again Frank Quinn and Boyd in­volved in the move as they fed the clin­i­cal David Quinn who sent a rocket into the back of the En­nis­crone/Kil­glass net as keeper Greg Re­gan could do lit­tle to stop.

Within the space of a minute Boyd and sub­sti­tute Shane Duig­nan added 2 more points for Sham­rock Gaels, the lat­ter see­ing McDer­mott send­ing a bril­liant ball into the path of Duig­nan as they led by 8 points with 15 min­utes re­main­ing.

Sham­rock Gaels were mov­ing the ball ex­tremely well and pro­vid­ing lit­tle op­tions for En­nis­crone/Kil­glass to re­duce the lead.

How­ever they kept try­ing and a Moyles free was fol­lowed by an ex­cel­lent point from play by Gor­don as En­nis­crone/ Kil­glass brought it back to a 6 point game with 7 min­utes left.

Any chance of a spir­ited comeback ran out of time for the west Sligo men as Moyles scored a late free, but a place in the fi­nal be­longed to Sham­rock Gaels as they meet Curry in what should be a thrilling en­counter on Sun­day week.

EN­NIS­CRONE/KIL­GLASS: G Re­gan, E Burke, B By­ron, J El­lis, K Caw­ley, JP Car­den, E Hal­li­nan, D Mul­laney, C Mul­laney (C), B Cole­man, C O’Dowd, Cian Mul­rooney, M Gor­don, M Moyles, S Har­gadon. Subs used: K Car­den, C Tuffy.

Scor­ers: M Moyles (0-4, 4f), M Gor­don (0-2), S Har­gadon (0-2), B Cole­man (0-1 1f).

SHAM­ROCK GAELS: D Tuohy, B Tuohy, E Lyons, K McMor­row, K McKenna, P Hig­gins (C), A Flynn, D McDer­mott, M Kilkenny, J Henry, D McDer­mott, B Boyd, J Car­roll, D Hail­stones, F Quinn, D Quinn. Subs used: S Duig­nan, C O’Con­nor, J Quinn.

Scor­ers: D Quinn 2-3 (pen, 2f), B Boyd (0-2), F Quinn (0-1), D Hail­stones (0-1), S Duig­nan (0-1).

REF­EREE: R Hynes.

David Quinn of Sham­rock Gaels who scored 2-3 in ac­tion with En­nis­crone/Kil­glass’s Ciaran O’Dowd in Bun­ni­nad­den. Pic: Tom Cal­lanan.

St Marys U16 girls are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter winning the A Cham­pi­onship for the first time in 8 years.The St Mary’s girls best Eoghan Rua on Satur­day with an im­pres­sive score line of 5-15 to 6-3.The last time St Marys won the A Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal was in 2010 , great achieve­ment to all in­volved.

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