Sunday, 29 March 2015

Carney’s side in final four

Shannonside FM Senior Football Championship Quarter-final Round-Up

Castlerea St. Kevin’s .............. 0-9

Padraig Pearse’s ..................... 0-7

Shane Reynolds

Castlerea St. Kevin’s sealed their passage to the semi-finals of the senior football championship with a hard fought two-point win over a disappointing Padraig Pearse’s in Kiltoom last Sunday evening.

With the county champions trailing by three points at the interval and flirting with elimination, it took a resolute and determined second half performance for Denis Carney’s team to ensure that they booked their place in the last four.

By and large Pearse’s dominated proceedings in the opening half and had established a three point lead by the ten minute mark, with scores coming from Sean Fahy (0-2), Niall Daly and Niall Carty while Seamus Heneghan was on the mark for Castlerea.

The teams swapped points for the remainder of the half with David Scahill and Ger Heneghan on target for Castlerea and Fahy and Daly raising white flags for the Pearse’s side. However, the Woodmount side registered a handful of poor wides in the build up to the interval and this would prove costly at the final whistle.

Castlerea were a far more determined outfit after the resumption and they reeled of four unanswered points between the 32nd and 53rd minute to go into the lead for the first time in the contest - Ger Heneghan (0-3) and Scahill accounting for their sides scores during that period.

Sean Fahy equalised for a Pearse’s team who had struggled to find any kind of form in the second half and had gone 25 minutes without a score however with the game hanging in the balance it was the Castlerea men who seized the initiative with scores from Ger Heneghan and substitute Noel Curran wrapping up the victory in injury time.

Castlerea St. Kevin’s: G. Claffey; E. Creaton, N. Collins, P. Duignan; G. McElhone, C. Dineen, D. Lyons; M. Killillea, E. Kenny; S. Ryan, N. Dineen, S. Heneghan (0-1); R. Curran, D. Scahill (0-1), G. Heneghan (0-5, four frees). Subs: B. Carty for N. Dineen (43mins), N. Curran (0-1) for Ryan, S. Stenson for R. Curran (60 mins).

Padraig Pearse’s: B. Croffey, D. Whyte, D. Donnellan, J. Whyte; C. Dolphin, E. Barrett, N. Daly (0-2); N. Carty (0-1), V. Costello; P. Kelly, M. Duignan, A. Feehily; P. Connell, D. Grehan, S. Fahy (0-4, all frees). Subs: D. Duffy for Feehily (42 mins), P. Moran for Grehan (45 mins), P. Duke for Costello (54 mins).

Referee: Jimmy Reilly

Man of the Match

Niall Daly (Padraig Pearse’s)

Geoffrey Claffey, Enda Kenny and David Scahill all performed admirably for the victors, but the most impressive player on view was Padraig Pearse’s wing-back Niall Daly who played very well throughout. His two points in the opening period along with a timely goal line clearance in the second half capped a fine performance from the county minor star.