Mulryan Construction IFC Semi-Final
St Dominic’s 5-16 Clann na nGael 2-9
Their total of 5-16 reflected their outstanding forward play, but Tomás Gilleran and his selectors will be concerned about the fact that Clann scored two goals of the soft variety in the first half, while Mark Miley made at least three top class saves to deny the Johnstown men even more green flags.
St. Dominic’s were in total control from the throw-in, and with Jack Lohan and Tom Appleby dominating the midfield exchanges, their attack got plenty of good ball. The forwards didn’t waste that possession, producing some outstanding scores. In fact the trio of Daire Keenan, Daire Donnelly and the irrepressible Conor Fallon contributed a massive 5-14 of their side’s total.
Veteran Fallon blasted home a great goal in the opening minute. It set the tone for the match. When Darren Donnelly grabbed the second goal for his side in the 15th minute, a totally rampant Dominic’s led by 2-5 to 0-2.
St. Dominic’s continued to tear the Clann defence apart and when Fallon and Keenan rattled in two further goals within a minute, the Knockcroghery-based side were 4-7 to 0-3 ahead after just 28 minutes.
Clann did manage a response before half-time, with Ross Naughton and Callum O’Brien fisting well-worked goals, both set up by David Flynn. Indeed, Clann had a third goal disallowed for a square ball. As it was, Dominic’s were still well ahead, 4-9 to 2-4, at the interval.
In fairness to Clann, they never gave up the ghost but the gap was too wide to bridge and Dominic’s could always get the scores they needed to stay well ahead. Ross Naughton and Callum O’Brien led the Clann challenge, but they never looked like seriously threatening the Dominic’s lead. Then, in the final minute, Darren Donnelly was pulled down in the large square and he got up to crash the resultant spot-kick to the Clann net.
This was a very impressive win for a St. Dominic’s side who will be determined to avenge last year’s final agony.
Mark Miley, Eoin McCormack, Jack Lohan, Tom Appleby, Conor Fallon, Darren Donnelly, Daire Keenan and sub Paddy Fallon were outstanding on the day.
St. Dominic’s, who are without the injured Keith Doyle, march on in their bid to lift the Jimmy Murray Cup on Sunday week. It will take a good performance to deny them.