Skryne test is passed with flying colours by Furze men
OPPORTUNITY knocked for Seneschalstown and they grabbed it with both hands as they secured their SFC status following this relegation semi-final win at Skryne on Friday evening.
Twelve months ago the Yellow Furze outfit were fortunate to overcome Longwood in a once-off relegation clash but they made no mistake on this occasion against a feeble Dunshaughlin challenge.
Joe Cowley’s charges bossed the exchanges for most of the way but were on level terms 1-6 to 2-3 following the concession of a second goal with only one third of the game played. However they tightened their grip on proceedings after that and at the halfway stage were well on their way to victory with a 1-12 to 2-3 cushion.
Dunshaughlin were devoid the battling qualities needed to survive this dogfight. They made some elementary mistakes, didn’t have the legs for a much fitter Seneschalstown, and full forward Luke Mitchell was their only real outlet for scores.
Joe Sheridan made a return to the Seneschalstown starting 15 but it was those around him that shone brightest with veteran Bryan Clarke, Eoin and Cathal Finnegan and Dylan Keating making telling contributions. Cathal Hickey totally dominated midfield and his surging runs to link up with attack had Dunshaughlin in all sorts of bother. The roving Colm Carr also played a prominent role while wing back Alan Mulvany got forward to
register two points.
Both teams started with a sweeper, former county star Caoimhin King for Dunshaughlin and Carr for Seneschalstown, but that didn’t prevent the scores from flowing freely in the early stages. Seneschalstown led 0-4 to 0-3 after 11 minutes before Dunshaughlin struck for their opening goal with Mitchell finishing to the net from close range.
Seneschalstown replied with a fine point from Hickey and the midfielder then set up Bryan Clarke for his side’s opening goal on 14 minutes. Dunshaughlin’s second goal from Cian Gallogly had the sides level but Seneschalstown hit six unanswered points from six different players in a 10 minute spell before half-time to lead comfortably at the break.
Two Bryan Clarke frees extended that lead on the restart and Eoin Finnegan and Alan Mulvany added further points in the third quarter while a Mathew Costello point was Dunshaughlin’s only contribution to the scoreboard in the same period. Seneschalstown’s second goal arrived from Dylan Keating
after substitute Joe Moore creating the opening on 48 minutes. That left it 2-16 to 2-5 and put the game well beyond doubt, though Dunshaughlin seemed to have thrown in the towel much earlier.
Luke Mitchell hit four of the losers five points in the final quarter and Dunshaughlin would now seem to have a real battle on their hands when they meet Nobber in the relegation decider. SENESCHALSTOWN: David Lyons; Woodley Nicholson, John Smith, Simon Rooney; Alan Mulvany 0-2, Niall Hickey, Adam Carey; Brian Sheridan 0-2f, Cathal Hickey 0-1; Dylan Keating 1-1, Cathal Finnegan 0-3f, Bryan Clarke 1-3 (2f); Eoin Finnegan 0-3 (1m), Joe Sheridan 0-1, Colm Carr 0-1. Subs: Joe Moore 0-1 for Clarke (46), Sean Carey for A Carey (49), Jonathan Gilsenan for E Finnegan (55), Jamie Kirwan for Mulvany (55), Damien Sheridan for Smith (56), Padraig Finegan for N Hickey (59).
Adam McDermott; Oisin Foley, Fergus Toolan, Sean Gaughan; David Fildes, Adam Kealy, Tadhg O Dushlaine; John Crimmins, Ray Maloney; Mathew Costello 0-1, Ronan Geraghty 0-1, Niall Murphy; Cian Gallogly 1-0, Luke Mitchell 1-7 (2f), Caoimhin King. Subs: Matthew Moyles for Maloney (7), Niall Byrne for Crimmins (40), Harry Dunne for Fildes (40).
Joe Sheridan confirmed his retirement after keeping his club Seneschalstown in the senior ranks at the weekend.
Niall Hickey’s defensive work was key for Seneschalstown.