St Colmcilles U15’s ensured top spot in Division 1 with a good win over St. Peter’s at a windy Seafield on Friday. The hosts ran out winners on a scoreline of 8-08 to 1-12 but will reflect on areas to improve over the coming weeks.
As has become customary, Charlie Bacon opened the scoring with a couple of points before Cian Towey raised the first green flag. Despite playing against a strong wind Cilles were dominating with Ceelan Hayden, Leon Hart and Max Kingston easily dealing with the Peter’s attack and the half back line of Oisin Brennan, Tom Forkin and Max Hanratty starting many of the home attacks. Oisin wandered forward to win a free and point it himself before Dunboyne opened their account with a fine point of their own.
At this stage Cilles rang the changes with Andrew Noone Garland replacing the industrious Rory Kelly, Tom Feehan coming on for Oisin and Tadg Duff replacing Cian. Ronan Quinn and Pearse Gilroy had been released from their corners for this one and were putting in a good shift on the half forward line. The visitors then reeled off their second point in succession but this seemed to sting Colmcilles into action as they replied with three quickfire goals to finish the half. First Charlie finished well from a nice pass from Tadg, Ciaran Hackett then found the corner before Tadhg chased down a ball that was held up in the wind and finished to the net. This flurry gave Cilles a commanding lead at the break, 4-03 to 0-02.
In the second half Finny Gordon, Caelem Tunstead, Fionn McLoughlin, Brody McNeece and Alex Holt were introduced at half time to freshen things up.
Dunboyne scored the opening two points of the half before Daniel O’Neill finished a fine move for Cilles. The sides then swapped points with Brody pointing to reply to a Peter’s score and Pearse Gilroy equalising another Peter’s score with a fine point from a Brody lay-off. Mark Berney was still working tirelessy in midfield with Andrew but the Cilles defence were busier now and Peter’s raised another white flag. However a surging run by Mark saw Tadhg finish to the net and when Peter’s pointed again Tadhg goaled again, this time thanks to another Brody lay-off.
Christian McCabe was a lot busier this half but his kick-outs into the wind continued to find their men. With 45 minutes gone, a Dunboyne shot struck the crossbar and instead of going over for a point bounced down and over the line for a goal, defying geometry and gravity. Despite some good defensive work from Tom Feehan, Finny, Fionn and Max Hanratty, Peter’s used the wind well and followed their goal with another point.
But as in the first half, Cilles then unleashed a quickfire burst with Brody scoring 2-01, first netting from a quick Tadg free, followed by a nice point before netting again with an assured finish. As the game petered out a brave St. Peter’s kept battling and reeled off three successive points before Alex Holt raised the biggest cheer of the evening with the closing point for Cilles, leaving a final scoreline of 8-08 to 1-12.
Next up are Ratoath in an important game ahead of the knockout stages. Another good win tonight but touches of Dermot Bannon too with plenty of room to improve. Top of the table is a good achievement but the focus now must be on the knockout stages. Onward and upward!
Scorers: Tadg Smith Duff (3-00), Brody McNeece (2-02), Charlie Bacon (1-02), Cian Towey (1-00), Ciaran Hackett (1-00), Oisin Brennan (0-01, free) Daniel O’Neill, Pearse Gilroy, Alex Holt, (0-01 each).
St Colmcilles 8-08
St. Peter’s, Dunboyne 1-12
Match Report by the talented Tom McLoughlin