Navan O’Mahonys proved too strong for Na Fianna in this Feis Cup first round fixture at Paddy O’Brien Park on Wednesday night
Navan O’Mahonys ……. 0-21
Na Fianna ………………. 2-5
David Nelson’s men made most of the running and by the end had nine different scorers. Two final quarter goals softened the scoreline from Na Fianna’s perspective.
David Bray led the way with six points (four frees) while Shane Gillespie chipped in with five from play. A fine save by Shane Geraghty denied Stephen Bray a seventh minute goal while the younger Bray was narrowly wide with an attempt to find the net shortly after.
The teams were level twice in the opening 10 minutes. O’Mahonys kicked-on to lead by 0-11 to 0-3 at the break.
The home side continued to dominate from the resumption moving 0-16 to 0-4 clear after 46 minutes. Both sides had goal chances seconds later. Stephen Bray went close to goaling before Dean Barrett netted a fine effort for last year’s runners-up..
O’Mahonys responded with four points on the spin to close their account while a Jamie Queeney stoppage time goal was the final score.
O’Mahonys – David Quirke; Darragh Smyth, Niall McKeigue, Darragh Maguire; Brian Dillon, James O’Reilly, Gary O’Brien (0-1); Cormac McGuinness, Conor Finnegan (0-1); Ruairi O Coileain (0-2), Stephen Bray (C) (0-2 fs), Alan Forde (0-2); Shane Gillespie (0-5), David Bray (0-6, 4fs), Rory Maguire. Subs – Stephen Monaghan for McGuinness (17), Cathal Smyth (0-1 f) for Maguire (ht), Conor Doyle for Dillon (40), Henry Finnegan (0-1) for S Bray (48), Duggie Dillon for Gillespie (52), Andy Leech for Smyth (59).
Na Fianna – Shane Geraghty (C); Johnny Baldwin, Christy Cosgrave, Robert Walsh; Michael Farley, Anthony Neary, Lee Hyland; Brian Queeney, Michael Collins; Daniel Queeney (0-1f), Conor Downey (0-1), Andrew Glynn (0-2, 1f); Barry Clancy, Dean Barrett (1-0), Harrison Silke (0-1f). Subs – Jamie Queeney (1-0) for Hyland (35), Ciaran Holton for Farley (42), Daniel Gleeson for Walsh (48), Ciaran Gilna for Silke (55).
Referee – Liam Reddy (Duleek-Bellewstown)