Navan O’Mahonys finished 13 points off the pace set by Dunboyne in this SHC Group A round five fixture at Trim on Saturday evening.
Navan O’Mahonys ……. 0-12
On the plus side, O’Mahonys have a SHC quarter-final clash with Longwood to look forward while Dunboyne advance to the semi-finals. Both sides came into the game with four wins apiece though Dunboyne’s scoring difference was vastly superior.
O’Mahonys were forced to field without the injured Paddy Skehan and Mikey Kelly, who both figured in the five-point defeat to Dunboyne in the Division 1 HL final last month.
O’Mahonys never led here but were on level terms with Dunboyne three times in the second quarter. The concession of four points on the spin left the Brews Hill outfit 0-7 to 0-11 in arrears at the break.
A Cormac Reilly point within seconds of the restart offered hope to O’Mahonys. It proved to be only temporary respite as Dunboyne took control outscore the Navan-men by 1-11 to 0-5 in the second-half.
The only goal arrived in the 38th minute with John Watters netting at the town end to leave it 1-12 to 0-8. By the end Dunboyne had seven different scorers as the secured their semi-final slot.
O’Mahonys also had seven scorers but only David Quirke (who was on free-taking duty) and Derek Loughran registered more than once.
Having conceded two points in the opening three minutes, O’Mahonys were always playing catch-up. They managed to regain parity three times in the second quarter but never led.
Dunboyne – Stephen Clince; Mark O’Connor, Paul Fagan, Niall Watters; Darren Dunne, Gary Watters, Alan Watters; Ger Murphy, Barry Watters (0-1); Michael O’Grady (0-1), Neil Hackett (0-7, 6fs, 1 65), Sean Moran (0-1); John Watters (1-1), Stephen Moran (0-7) Niall Smyth (0-4). Subs – Michael Dunne (13) for O’Connor (13), Andy McWeeney for N Watters (57).
Navan O Mahonys; James Burke; Diarmuid Rogers, Richie Hogan, Mark Usher; Cormac Reilly (0-1), Shane Crosby, Jack Walsh; Brian Dillon (0-1), Paddy Smyth (0-1); David Quirke (0-5, 4fs), Damien Moran, Colin O Rourke: Derek Loughran (0-2), Stephen Quirke, David Dillon (0-1). Sub – Andrew Snow (0-1) for S Quirke (40).
Referee – Richie Morris (Blackhall Gaels)