Skryne test is passed with fly­ing colours by Furze men

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT - SFC REL­E­GA­TION SEAN WALL IN SKRYNE

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.

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