Mis-firing Saints do enough to see off Rovers
DESPITE missing a first half penalty St Kevins did just about enough to secure a three-point victory over a determined Annaghminnon Rovers side.
ST KEVINS 0-8 ANNAGHMINNON R 0-5
The first half was a tight affair with both defences on top keeping scoring chances to a premium. Blake Mahon gave Annaghminnon the lead in the tenth minute before the Kevins hit back with a well struck Andrew Campbell point.
The Philipstown outfit had a chance to put some daylight between the sides in the 25th minute when they were awarded a penalty but that chance was spurned when Annaghminnon keeper Shane Russell got down superbly to keep out Liam Boylan's effort.
St Kevins did eventually get their noses in front just before half time when Thomas Gregory sent over a point to leave the away side going in at the break 0-2 to 0-1 ahead.
The forwards had a bit more joy in the second half as Liam Boylan put his side two points clear before Blake Mahon responded for Annaghminnon with his second point of the day. The Kevins took control of the match in a ten minute spell where they scored four unanswered points thanks in part to a trio of points from man of the match Aiden Craven.
Annaghminnon responded late on with a well-taken Stephen Finnegan point but that would prove to be their final score of the match and Kevins held out for a hard earned victory.
ST KEVINS: David Smith; Mark McGahon, Ian Wogan, Emmet Callan; Ciaran Lynch, Matthew Boylan (0-1), Howard Treadwell; Sean Crosbie (0-1), Andrew Campbell (0-1); Sean Callan, Aidan Craven (0-3), Colm Byrne; Darren McMullen, Liam Boylan (0-1), Thomas Gregory (0-1). Sub: Stephen Matthews for Mark McGahon
ANNAGHMINNON: Shane Russell; John Kirk, Fiachra Kelly, Vinny Woods; David Kellett, Seamus Martin, Shane Cannon; David Loughran, Mark Brennan 0-1; Ollie Carroll, Paudie Leegan, Leon Kerley; Gary Connolly, Blake Mahon 0-3, Stephen Finnegan 0-1. Subs: Michael Brennan for G Connolly, Damien Russell for S Finnegan, Kevin McKeown for F Kerley.
THE games between John Mitchels and Sean McDermotts and Stabannon Parnells and Westerns were postponed.