The concession of two final quarter goals consigned Navan O’Mahonys to an A FL Division 1 defeat to visitors Seneschalstown on Saturday evening.
Seneschalstown ……. 3-9
O’Mahonys ………….. 1-11
Rory Maguire’s 51st minute point left O’Mahonys 1-9 to 1-8 ahead. Goals in the 53rd and 58th minute from Joe Sheridan and Niall Hickey respectively consigned David Nelson’s men to their second defeat of the campaign.
Two late Jake Regan frees trimmed the deficit slightly. The same player pointed twice in the early minutes. The second came from a 45 after Brian Dillon went close to goaling.
But for the efforts of ‘keeper Marcas Brennan, Navan O’Mahonys would have lost by a wider margin. Brennan made three stand-out saves in the second-half including one from Joe Sheridan’s 39th minute penalty.
O’Mahonys fell four points in arrears, 0-3 to 1-4, after 22 minutes. They outscored David Hosie’s men by 0-3 to 0-1 over the remainder of the half with Shane Gillespie, Cormac McGuinness and Rory Maguire registering.
O’Mahonys trailed by 0-6 to 1-5 at half-time but hit the front heading into the latter stages, boosted by a Jake Regan goal and a couple of Rory Maguire points. Then came the decisive goals. .
Seneschalstown – David Lyons; Paul Carey, Cormac Noonan, Sean McCabe; Mark Fox, John Smith, David Matthews; Damien Sheridan (0-1), Joe Sheridan (1-0); Niall Hickey (1-0), Brian Sheridan (0-1), Adam Carey (0-1); Johnny Gilsenan (0-1), Niall Groome, Brian Clarke (1-5, 0-4 fs, 1 45). Subs – Adam Gleeson for Gilsenan (46), Colm Walsh for Carey (51), Teean Cummins for Matthews (54), Stephen Finnegan for Groome (57).
O’Mahonys – Marcas Brennan; James O’Malley, Conor Doyle, Andy Leech; Brian Dillon, Gary O’Brien, Michael O’Reilly; Cormac McGuinness (0-1), Stephen Monaghan; Daragh Maguire (0-1), Rory Maguire (0-3), Henry Finnegan; Shane Gillespie (0-1), Stephen Bray, Jake Regan (1-5, 0-3 fs, 0-1 45). Subs – Conor Murphy for H Finnegan (10), Niall Kearney for Bray (ht), Sean Smith for O’Malley (bc 34).
Referee – Patrick Nelis (Kilmainham)