St Colmcilles made their long-anticipated debut in the senior football championship on Friday 19th May in Pairc Tailteann V defending champions, Simonstown Gaels
Billed in many circles as the Clash of the Champions, featuring last year’s Senior and
Intermediate champions, this was a very entertaining encounter, finishing in high drama with Simonstown winning with the last play of the game, on a score line of Simonstown 1-16 St. Colmcilles 2-12.
The game opened in a whirlwind fashion with 2016 Young Footballer of the Year James Conlon scoring an early goal following a fine point from Captain Fantastic, Ben Brennan. However, Simonstown are not champions for nothing and with Sean Tobin and Padraig McKeever on fire they led 1-10 to 1-7 at half time. An early Graham Reilly score on the resumption set the tempo for a frantic and entertaining second half and the champions led by 3 points 1-15 to 1-12 with 5 minutes to go. Ruairí O’Grady nailed a late goal to surely give the Cilles a share of the spoils but in a mark of true champions Simonstown advanced up the field in one last surge for McKeever to hit a dramatic and excellent late winner from way out the field. A score worthy of gracing any occasion.
Cilles can reflect on a bright opening to the championship campaign and take many positives to their next matches. However, in a group of death, they face the 2015 champions O’Mahonys next, with 2017 favourites Moynalvey to come and former champions
Seneschalstown and Blackhall Gaels also in the group they will be disappointed not to at least get a point out of this. On a good all round night for performances Ben Brennan, Ian Mullen, Robbie McCloskey, Joe Sweeney and substitute Ruairí O’Grady deserve mention.
Next up Navan O’Mahonys – date and time TBC