Navan O’Mahonys defence of their Division 1 ‘A’ Football league title got off to a disappointing start, with an 11 point losing margin.
Gaeil Colmcille 2-15
The Kells outfit’s second half scoring spree while restricting the Navan side to just 0-2 in the second half saw them take a well deserved two points from this opening round league game played in Grangegodden on Sunday.
O’Mahonys got off to the better start and put five points up on the board in the opening six minutes to lead by 0-5 to 0-1. At this stage, O’Mahonys forwards appeared to have the upper hand with Jake Regan, Ross Geraghty (two), Ruairi Ó Coilean and David Bray all getting their names on the scoresheet in the opening exchanges.
Conceding scorable frees in remainder of the first half allowed Gaeil Colmcille to claw their way back into the game with only a single point between the sides as the half time whistle approached. The forward running Stephen MacGabhann slotted a final point of the half over on the stroke of half time to leave O’Mahonys 0-8 to 0-6 up at the break, with the wind advantage to come in the second half.
Gaeil Colmcille’s returned the stronger after the break and six unanswered points, five from frees, saw them take a four point lead into the final quarter. Their lead could have been greater but for three missed placed ball opportunities.
A Regan free left a goal between the sides but the Kells side responded immediately with a point from play to restore their four point advantage. Collins raised the white flag once more in what was to be O’Mahonys last score of the game. An unanswered 2-2 from play in the closing six minutes from Gaeil Colmcille left no doubt in the end result – a resounding victory for Kells.
O’Mahonys: Marcus Brennan, Stephen O’Toole, Niall McKeigue, Diarmuid Rogers, James O’Reilly, Paddy Smyth, Gary O’Brien, Stephen MacGabhann (0-1), Shane Crosby, Darragh Smyth, Ross Geraghty (0-2, 0-1f), Henry Finnegan (0-1f), David Bray (0-2), Jake Regan (0-2f), Ruairi Ó Coileain (0-2), Subs: Alan Forde for Ross Geraghty, Stephen Monaghan for Stephen MacGabhann, James O’Malley for Diarmuid Rogers.