Played in blustery conditions in Fr Tully Park, Seneschalsown this was always going to a tough opening game for both sides to start their 2019 league campaign. It was the Cilles that secured the spoils in a hard fought encounter.
With a gale blowing straight down the pitch the wind was always going to have a big bearing on this game and so it proved. It was the Cilles that took advantage of the wind in the first half leading 1-8 to 0-3 at the half time break. The old adage of a game of two halves was the case here, with the home side winning the second half 0-7 to 1-2 with the Cilles goal coming in the dying embers of the game, seconds before the final whistle.
This was a new look Cilles side whom started with three debutants to senior football, with a fourth coming off the bench and each showing up superbly on the day. The Seasiders also welcomed back from the treatment table Ciaran Kelly and Eoin Woods following long term injuries.
The home side opened the scoring through a free and the visitors then hit a purple patch scoring 1-3 without response, with the goal coming from David O’Byrne, who coolly finished to the back of the net, following a great ball kicked in by Shane Crilly. The opening half saw some great scores with Conor O’Byrne to the fore. The half time score was 1-8 to 0-3 and whilst the Cilles were in the ascendency the lead should probably have been greater given the amount of possession they had. The home side came out stronger in the second half and managed to tag on a number of scores and managed to reduce the deficit to just two points with just a couple of minutes to go, however the Cilles were not going to be caught and finished the stronger with a point from Ruairi O’Grady and a late goal courtesy of corner back Adam Lynch following a well worked move with substitute Eoin O’Neill.
The Cilles were resolute in defence in the second half following a spirited fightback from the Seneschalstown men. The Cilles will look forward with optimism to the rest of 2019 campaign, following this hard fought win, in this opening round one league encounter.
St Colmcilles: Andrew Beakey, Adam Lynch 1-0, Carl Mullan, Tomas O’Hoistin, Matthew Breen, Eoin Woods, Stephen Breen, Cathal Hilliard 0-1, Ruairi O’Grady 0-1, Shane Crilly, Conor O’Byrne 0-7 (5f), Ruairi O’Hanlon, David O’Byrne 1-0, Jack Reynolds 0-1, Ciaran Kelly.
Subs: Ross Molloy for Ciaran Kelly, Daragh Brodigan for Ruairi O’Hanlon, Eoin O’Neill for Shane Crilly.
Seneschalsown: David Gordon, Mark Fox, Andrew Collins, Daire Finnegan, Niall McCabe, Cormac Noonan, Adam Carey, Brian Maguire, Robert Ruddy, Sean Carey, James Meade, Alan Mulvaney, Dylan Keating, Stephen Finnegan, Bryan Clarke.
Referee: Eamon Barry
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Photography: Brian Mulligan