A FL Div 1 – Seamus Heaney Cup
Navan O’Mahonys were relieved of the Seamus Heaney Cup on Sunday morning when hosts Simonstown prevailed in this annual meeting that doubled as an A FL Division 1 fixture.
Simonstown ……. 0-15
O’Mahonys …….. 0-12
The outcome consigned the A FL Division 1 holders to their third defeat on the spin while Simonstown made it three league wins from as many league fixtures.
The outcome was in marked contrast to the opening which saw O’Mahonys moved 0-5 to 0-0 clear inside eight minutes. Ruairi O Coileain set the scoreboard in motion within 15 seconds of the off.
Jake Regan (two), Henry Finnegan and Shane Gillespie added to O’Mahonys before a 20-minute scoring drought set in. In the interim, Simonstown tagged on eight points and by the 23rd minute Colm O’Rourke’s charges were 0-8 to 0-5 clear.
Regan ended O’Mahonys scoring drought in the 28th minute while Simonstown lost full-back Ian O’Rourke with an apparent hamstring injury seconds later. The scoreboard read 0-8 to 0-6 to the ‘Gaels at the break.
The scoring rate dropped alarmingly in the third quarter with the A FL Division 1 and Heaney Cup holders drawing a blank. Sean Tobin’s 41st minute free left Simonstown leading by 0-9 to 0-6 heading into the final quarter.
The scoring tide continued to flow with Simonstown who had gone five points clear before Finnegan got O’Mahonys first post interval score, in the 52nd minute. David Nelson’s men fell five points in arrears on two further occasions.
O’Mahonys did have a penalty shout late on, but nothing came of it when Stephen MacGabhann was grounded. Late scores from Finnegan (free) and Gillespie softened the look of the scoreline from O’Mahonys’ perspective but were not enough to secure first point(s) of the campaign for David Nelson’s men.
Simontown – Ronan Duffy; Niall McMahon, Ian O’Rourke, Stephen O’Reilly; Joe Lyons, Seamus Kenny, Eanna Donoghue; Sean Tobin (0-4, 3fs), Declan Gaffney (0-1); Padraig McKeever (0-1), Shane Barry (0-2), Mark McCabe; Nathan O’Brien (0-3), Stephen Moran, Andrew Kearney (0-4, 2fs). Subs – Colin Wickham for O’Rourke (29), Shane Kiernan for McMahon (54 black card), Wayne McCarthy for Moran (56).
O’Mahonys – Marcas Brennan; Stephen MacGabhann, Niall McKeigue, Diarmuid Rogers; James O’Reilly, Shane Crosby, Gary O’Brien; Stephen Monaghan, Damien Moran; Ruairi O Coileain (0-1), David Bray, Henry Finnegan (0-4, 1f); Shane Gillespie (0-2), Jake Regan (0-5, 3fs), Ross Geraghty. Subs – James O’Malley for Moran (25), Darragh Smyth for Rogers (ht), Paddy Smyth for Geraghty (41), Sean Keating for Monaghan (47), Moran for Crosby (49 black card)
Referee – Colm McManus (Gaeil Colmcille).