St. Colmcilles GAA Club, Pairc Ui Rís, Piltown, Bettystown, Co Meath 0877441731

A League, Division 2 – Sunday 10th February 2019, Round 3

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Carnaross 1-10 : 0-10 St Colmcilles
On a cold and windy morning in Carnaross, the Cilles came out second best to the home team. Whilst this was a depleted Cilles side, with six starters missing from their last outing, they will be disappointed with their showing. Playing with the aid of the strong breeze the home side opened the scoring from a free. The Cilles responded with points from Eanna Walsh and Davy O’Byrne to have the slenderest of leads after eight minutes. A Carnaross free on ten minutes came back off the top of
the post and was gathered by a forward who charged towards goal. In a coming together of forwards and backs, the player with the ball ended up on the ground in the box. From a distance, not only was a penalty awarded, but the Cilles keeper, Andrew Beakey, was adjudged to have taken the player out and was bemused to receive a black card for the incident.

Traveling without a reserve keeper due to illness, the visitors had midfielder Conor O’Byrne facing the penalty which was coolly dispatched to the net, to give the home side a two point advantage. Following the penalty Ciaran Kelly replaced Andrew, with Davy O’Byrne taking over the goalkeeper duties.

While the Cilles were finding it hard to find the target registering a number of wides the lead stretched to four points by the twenty second minute. The Cilles rot was stopped by a fine point from Jack Reynolds. The home team responded by adding four points from close range frees. The Cilles then hit a purple patch and points from Ruairi Hanlon, Jack Reynolds and Eanna Walsh left the score at half time Carnaross 1-07: Cilles 0-06.

Shane Crilly replaced the injured Jack Reynolds for the commencement of the second half. Playing with the aid of the strong breeze the Cilles lads went about their business and got the first two scores with points from Ciaran Kelly and Conor O’Byrne to reduce the deficit to two points. Ross Molloy replaced Eoin O’Neill in the fortieth minute taking over as keeper and releasing Davy back to the forwards.

Carnaross halted the Cilles comeback with a pointed free in the forty first minute to put a goal between the teams. Eanna Walsh scored his third point from play to bring it back to two points again. Two further points from Carnaross put four between the teams again. Replacing Ruairi Hanlon with Darragh Brodigan and Danny McMahon with Hugo Collins, the Cilles went all out to get something out of the game. Missed goal chances for Ciaran Kelly and Adam Lynch either side of a Conor O’Byrne point on fifty eight minutes summed up the Cilles day in front of goal. With the Cilles pushing, the match ended after only one minute of additional time. Final score Carnaross 1-10: St Colmcilles 0-10.

Too many unforced errors contributed to the Cilles not getting anything from this game. The work rate was well short of that required although the loss of the keeper upset the momentum of the team. A lot of lessons learned today that will focus minds for the next outing away to Duleek/Bellewstown in two weeks’ time.

St Colmcilles: Andrew Beakey; Adam Lynch; Carl Mullen; Stephen Emmett; Stephen Breen; Eoin Woods; Danny McMahon; Conor O’Byrne (0-02); Matthew Breen; Eanna Walsh (0-03); Jack Reynolds (0-02); Ruairi Hanlon (0-01); Davy O’Byrne (0-01); Eoin O’Neill; Cathal Hilliard.

Subs: Ciaran Kelly (0-01) for Beakey (10 mins, B/C); Shane Crilly for Reynolds (HT); Ross Molloy for O’Neill (40mins); Darragh Brodigan for Hanlon (51mins); Hugo Collins for McMahon (54mins).