Brave ef­fort from Mo­laise

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT - By THOMAS KIL­FEATHER

ST. MARY’S LEITRIM 2-13 ST. MO­LAISE GAELS 2-08

A brave ef­fort from the St Mo­laise Gaels side in Fri­day night’s Mi­nor A Quar­ter Fi­nal at a chilly Con­nacht Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence in Bekaun wasn’t enough as it is a skil­ful and phys­i­cally very strong St Mary’s Leitrim side that moves for­ward to a Wed­nes­day night semi fi­nal clash against Roscom­mon cham­pi­ons St Brigids.

The score­line doesn’t flat­ter the win­ners who hit the wood­work on three oc­ca­sions when goals looked pos­si­ble but credit to the St Mo­laise Gaels boys as they bat­tled bravely right to the fi­nal whis­tle.

The even­tual win­ners were ahead by 2-05 to 0-06 at the in­ter­val.

St Mo­laise Gaels started the game im­pres­sively with an Aaron Cur­rid point from play and a con­verted free from James Her­aghty.

How­ever a fine team move­ment in the 8th minute saw im­pres­sive half for­ward Mark Dif­fley fire to the net for St Mary’s. The same player added a point from play in the 10th minute and Jack Matthews added an­other from play shortly af­ter­wards.

In the 14th minute Matthews was brought down in the small square and cor­ner for­ward Oisin Bo­han dis­patched the re­sul­tant penalty to the net as St Maty’s went ahead by 2-02 to 0-02. Gaels did re­spond in­clud­ing points from Joe Spell­man and Jack Davitt but each time St Mary’s re­sponded in si­m­il­iar fash­ion to lead by six points at the in­ter­val.

The pat­tern of the sec­ond was very much one way as St Mary’s kicked a num­ber of ex­cel­lent points and built up a ten point lead with mid­field­ers Kevin Brady and David O’Con­nell as well as Dif­fley all giv­ing out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual dis­ays.

St Mo­laise Gaels did find the net twice in the sec­ond half with Joe Spell­man and the im­pres­sive Kil­lian Fo­ley scor­ing with punched ef­forts. Oisin Brady, Rob­bie Ryan and Micheal Gillen in par­tic­u­lar de­fended hero­ically over the hour while once again Oisin Sheri­dan worked tire­lessly at mid­field through­out.

It wasn’t an evening in which the SMG at­tack got too many op­por­tu­ni­ties against a res­o­lute de­fence but Kil­lian Fo­ley had a fine hour at right half for­ward while Dionn McCaffrey worked hard at right cor­ner for­ward.

Kil­lian Fo­ley of St Mo­laise Gaels wins pos­ses­sion as Sam Barnes of St Marys moves in to in­ter­cept. Pics: Tom Cal­lanan.

The ‘Jack and Jill Up The Hill’ char­ity walk at Kel­logy­boy last Sun­day. Pics: Carl Bren­nan.

Eileen Davey lead­ing the ‘Jack and Jill Up The Hill’ char­ity walk at Kel­logy­boy last Sun­day. Pics: Carl Bren­nan.

Carmel Ni­chol­son, Orla Ni­chol­son, Eileen Davey, Ciara Ni­chol­son and Jim Ni­chol­son.

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