O’Mahonys started the stronger in this JFC clash with scores from Cormac Reilly and Conor Murphy getting them off the mark in the opening minutes. Summerhill soon settled in and got their first 2 scores on the board themselves but a further Robbie Keeleghan point kept O’Mahonys a point ahead. In front of the Summerhill net, O’Mahonys found the net in a ‘third time lucky’ attempt in the 17th minute with Cormac McEnteggart and Dylan Regan both hitting the post before Mikey Kelly found the back of the net with the rebound. Summerhill reacted quickly and got down the field for a goal chance of their own but David Quirke’s goalkeeping skills showed as he saved on the line to prevent Summerhill pulling a goal back.
Points from Reilly, Murphy and Kelly ensured O’Mahonys stayed in front despite Summerhill putting four more points on the board in the next ten minutes. Summerhill were reduced to 14 men in the 29t minute but this failed to dampen their reserve as they finished the half stronger, clocking 2 points before the half time whistle to leave the score at the break at 1-5 to 0-8 and with it all to play for in the second half.
O’Mahonys quickly attached in the opening passage of play of the second half and Sean Keating palmed the ball to the net with Ciaran O’Hanlon and Mikey Kelly linking well to work the ball down the field and leave Keating with the task of finding the net. Given their numerical advantage, you would have expected O’Mahonys could have used this goal to power forward and take control of the game but Summerhill were not to be beaten and within a minute of Keating’s goal, had raised the green flag themselves, returning the scores to parity once again. Summerhill’s goal propelled them forward and they added three points to take a 3 point lead into the final quarter. Frees from Conor Murphy and Robbie Keeleghan kept O’Mahonys in touch. O’Mahonys final two scores came from Ciaran O’Hanlon and Sean Keating in the 52nd and 53rd minute. Keating’s point was to be the last score of the day with both team desperately trying to get the winning score for the remainder of the game but failing to find the posts.
O’Mahonys; David Quirke, Gerard Murray, Ian Matthews, Kevin O’Hanlon, Declan McGuinness, Andy Leech, Eamonn Ferris, Cormac Reilly (0-2), Jack Walsh, Conor Murphy(0-2,0-1f), Mikey Kelly (1-1), Jason Gibney, Sean Keating (1-1), Cormac McEnteggart, Robbie Keeleghan (0-2,0-1f). Subs: Dylan Regan for A. Leech (10), Ciaran O’Hanlon (0-1) for C. Reilly (half time), Ciaran McGuinness for C. McEnteggart (36), Gavin Fox for J. Gibney (43)