St Colmcilles 2.12
Navan O’Mahonys 1.06
St Colmcilles hosted Navan O’Mahonys on Saturday 24 th February in Piltown for the second round of
the U17 Division 1 league. Both teams were coming off Round 1 successes and a tightly contested
affair was expected. The game didn’t disappoint in this regard, with the first half very keenly
contested by both sides. The Cilles lads were ahead in the possession stakes but not as sharp in front
of goal as perhaps they would have liked. The highlights of the half were two long range
points from Ross Molloy which helped the Seasiders to a two point lead at the break on a scoreline
of 0.5 to 0.3.
The second half continued in much the same vein, but gradually St Colmcilles started to get on top
with David Bells accuracy from frees and play beginning to make an impact on the scoreboard.
Midway through the half, Ferdia Quigley rose highest to steer a high ball to the back of the Navan
net to leave five points between the sides and it seemed as though the Cilles lads would push on
from here. To Navan’s credit however, they replied with a goal of their own and only an exceptional
save from keeper Daniel Hatch prevented another Navan three pointer.
St Colmcilles rallied with a series of scores including two fine points from Ciaran White. An Aaron
Lynch goal then effectively ended the game as a contest. Defensively, the St Colmcilles team were
very tight throughout, with the full back line again giving very little away. The half back line of Oran
Kinch, Ruairi Hanlon and Stephen Breen in particular really powered into the game providing a
bulwark against the Navan forwards while also getting forward to instigate many attacks themselves.
Overall, it was another good display against a very good Navan side, with this St Colmcilles team
improving with each game in the competition.
Next up in Round 3 are Seneschalstown who had a fine win over Ratoath in their second round encounter. This Seneschalstown side are fancied by many to stake a strong claim for minor honours this year especially with the addition of a number of Rathkenny players to their ranks for the season. A very interesting game awaits on March 10th in Seneschalstown at 3pm.
Daniel Hatch, Adam McCabe, Hugo Collins, Gary Burke, Oran Kinch, Ruairi Hanlon, Stephen Breen,
Luke Brady, Endy Ehichoya, Cian Flynn, Aaron Lynch, David Bell, Jack McQuail, Ross Molloy, Ferdia
Quigley, Jamie Duffy, Mark Harris, Ciaran White, Sean Collier, Brian Butler, Matthew Weir
David Bell 0.07 (0.04f), Ferdia Quigley 1.01, Aaron Lynch 1.00, Ross Molloy 0.02, Ciaran White 0.02