St. Colmcilles 2-14 Simonstown 1-14 FT Score
Ref Liam Reddy
Round 3 -Another blustery encounter in the LMFM Minor League.
A fresh morning, another high wind blowing into the graveyard end at Pairc Ui Ris Piltown provided the now customary setting for round three of minor league. (Round 2 V Duleek rescheduled for 13th Mar due to the heroics of the Colaiste na hInse minor Boys).
Simonstown came to Piltown on Saturday unbeaten, this being their last round game, having racked up an impressive 7-23 in their previous two rounds. A well organised and disciplined outfit, Derek Melia and Brian Hanrahan’s boys were to provide stern opposition on the day. In a highly-paced first half, with the aid of a stiff breeze Simonstown took control. However it was the determination, fitness and pure hard work on show from the Cilles boys that kept them in touch at the break.
Colmcilles 1-04 Simonstown 1-08 HT Score
A welcome return to full fitness for David Bell provided the pivot in attack, with his hard direct running and willingness to bring others into the game. Captain Cian Flynn led by example throughout, driving his team on at every opportunity and grabbing the game by the neck at vital times in the second half. The defensive unit led by Liam Stafford came out the better of a titanic tussle throughout a very physical encounter. The aid of the wind in the second half, was again to prove vital, as in the previous round.
Decisive scores at vital junctures throughout, came from from Bell, Brian Butler, Sean O’Donoghue, Ciaran White and Sean Collier, coupled with the incisive runs of Adam Daly, Conor Farrelly and Luke Hannan the Cilles boys prodded and poked to find the holes in the Simonstown defence and get the return to required to get across the line.
Both Ehichoyas, Godfrey and Endy battled throughout creating the turnovers and scrapping for dirty ball to provide the springboard for attack.
Liam Reddy in the middle marshalled proceedings ably, in a very physical affair and at times had his hands full but never lost control.
Next up, Round 2 V Duleek/Bellewstown under lights in Duleek on Wed night 13th March.
Jakub Kula, Matthew Weir, Liam Stafford, Godfrey Ehichoya, Mark Harris, Conor Power, Sean ODonoghue, Sean Collier, Ben Wilde, Endy Ehichoya, Cian Flynn , Ciaran White, Conor Farrelly, Adam Daly, David Bell, Brian Butler, Luke Hannan , Emmett Higgins, Cillian Quigley, Fiachra McNabb, Tadhg Bennett