O’Mahonys lead from start to finish in local derby!

By Gerry McGrane

April-1-2013

O’Mahonys 2-10 Simonstown 1-9

Cold and windy conditions prevailed at Brews Hill on Easter Monday. The O’Mahonys team lined out without the services of Meath Minors: James O’Malley and Ruairi O’Coileann, both sidelined through injury. Manager: Finian Murtagh, maneuvering on crutches, made a welcome return to the sideline after a recent hospital procedure.

The game started and ended with goals from corner forward Corey Leddy (a panelist for both the Meath and St Pats squads). Corey found the net after five mins of play and set the tone for the remainder of this local derby. Substitute Conor Gleeson added another point from play seven mins later, before full forward Duggie Dillon notched up his first point after several weeks absence through injury.

Gifted forward Nathan O’Brien scored Simonstown’s first score after 10 mins had elapsed to see his side trailing 1-2 to 0-1. This was quickly cancelled out by good points from Peter Butler and Bryan Gibney. The visitors added a further three points before the interval to leave the side 1-4 to 0-4 at halftime.

Robbie Keeleghan and Peter Butler opened the scores in the second half with two good points in the first five mins. Simonstown reacted well with another two points from play and again, O’Brien was on the score sheet Two frees from Keeleghan and a point from Conor Gleeson were diluted by two more points for the visitors with O’Brien causing further frustration. Simonstown found the net after twenty mins had elapsed in the second half to leave them trailing by a single point (1-9 to 1-8). However, this was as close as the sides got in this match and the O’Mahonys lads rallied on to finish the game with Keeleghan adding one more point while Leddy killed the match with his closing goal!

While O’Mahonys ran out victors, they will reflect on wasted possession, over complicating moves and some basic errors. In addition, Simonstown played much of the second half with fourteen players due to the injured Niall Kane. While “a win is a win” this could only be described as a less than average performance from the O’Mahonys side.

Best for O’Mahonys on the day:- Stephen Monaghan, Patrick Leahy, Conor Gleeson and Corey Leddy.

Team:

1. Colm Honan
2. Andy Leech
3. Conor Doyle
4. Declan McGuinness
5. Kevin O’Hanlon
6. Tim Murtagh
7. Patrick Leahy
8. Stephen Monaghan
9. Conor Murphy
10. Peter Butler (0-2)
11. Cormac McEntaggert
12. Bryan Gibney (0-1)
13. Robbie Keeleghan (0-4)
14. David (Duggie) Dillon (0-1)
15. Corey Leddy (2-0)

Subs:

Conor Gleeson (0-2) for McEntaggert
Eoghan Breathnach for Dillon
Darragh Greene for Gibney