SHC: Navan O’Mahonys’ strong showing not enough against Kildalkey

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Kildalkey ………………. 1-21
Navan O’Mahonys ……. 1-15

Given that Kildalkey last outing was a 27-point win over Blackhall Gaels who had previously beaten O’Mahonys by 13, this fixture proved to be a lot closer than many expected.

Having leaked four early points, O’Mahonys were always playing catch-up. Mikey Kelly came closest to goaling for Jim Baker’s men.

O’Mahonys had the better of the second-quarter, trimming a five-point deficit to just two by half-time, 0-9 to 0-11.

Within two minutes of the restart, there was just one point in it after Jack Walsh posted one of his five scores from play.

Kildalkey outscored O’Mahonys by 1-5 to 0-1 over the remainder of the third quarter with Derek Doran getting the goal, at the town end.

Digging in O’Mahonys responded positively with John Foley batting to the Kildalkey net from Mikey Kelly’s cross to leave five points, 1-11 to 1-16, in it after 50 minutes.

A pointed free from sub Paddy Skehan left just four points between the teams four minutes later, but O’Mahonys couldn’t prevent Kildalkey from registering their third win of the campaign.

Navan O’Mahonys round two fixture against Dunderry has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 25 at Athboy (19:00).

Kildalkey – David Harman; David Conneely, Enda Fitzgerald,  Patrick Potterton; Maurice Keogh, Mairtin Doran, Mark Healy; Sean Corrigan (0-1), Sean Heavey (0-3); Padraig Keogh (0-1), Paddy Conneely (0-7, 3fs), Gary Kelly (0-3); Martin Healy (0-1), Padraig Geoghegan (0-3), Derek Doran (1-2).

O’Mahonys – John Gleeson; Nigel Ryan, Cormac Reilly, Mark Usher; Paddy Dillon, Richie Hogan (0-1), Shane Crosby; Ciaran McGuinness, Mark O’Rourke (0-1); John Foley (1-3, 2fs), David Dillon, Colin O’Rourke; Mikey Kelly (0-1), Derek Loughran (0-2), Jack Walsh (0-5). Subs – Andrew Snow for Usher (19), Dermot McKenna for Ryan (48), Paddy Skehan (0-2, 1f) for C O’Rourke (52), Kenneth Boyd for Foley (bs 53-57).

Referee – Kevin Brady (Pearse Og Louth)