TWO second-half goals from Scott Fulham saw St Anne's progress in Saturday's round two clash in Torcaill.
Anne's win was not without controversy after the Dublin county board had decided to eject first round opponents St Pats Donabate at a meeting on Monday night. The game had been fixed for Donabate for last Saturday week but with the pitch deemed unplayable it was decided to move the contest to Tallaght.
They further contended that the referee in question was not prepared to travel out to St Annes pitch and with Pats struggling to get players over on to Tallaght time, the game did not go ahead. Pat's appeal however was subsequently turned down much to the disappointment of senior coach, Adrian Henchy. 'Its regrettable that the game was ultimately decided in the committee room and not on the pitch.
'Due to the late notice we simple weren't able to get all our players over to the Anne's pitch due to lack of transport but we were prepared to play the game within the seven days. 'St Anne's told us however they weren't able to do that as some of their players would be abroad but low and behold they subsequently played Mearnóg at the weekend. 'It's disappointing to us because we were asked to play the original game a day before we had the Division 3 final. 'I felt we had a very good under21 team this year so it's a missed opportunity sadly.' In Saturday's game where Naomh Mearnóg ( who were without Dublin under age players Kevin O'Brien and Shane Carthy) had started the game with points from Jamie Walsh and Micheal Gibbs before the visitors responded with two quick points of their own.
A ball in from Niall Sullivan was to then see Walsh swing over from the left only for Sean Stewart to curl in a fantastic effort with his left foot soon after. And with Fulham now starting to get on top of his marker, Annes moved further ahead to lead by 05 to 0-3 at the break. And while half back's Darren Byrne and Mick O'Donohue fared well in defence, Annes then moved out their lead to four points with Fulham again instrumental. And while the home side were to respond with successive points, they were then rocked by the first of two goals from Fulham.
The first saw the inside forward collect a long ball before drilling past Oisin Taylor with Fulham collecting a pass of Lorcan Molloy for his second goal moments later. A move instigated by Aaron Mulvey was to see a goal bound effort come back off the post and while Michael Gibbs was to eventually find the back of the net, St Annes held out for the victory.
NAOMH MEARNÓG: Oisin Taylor, Anto Breadman, Morgan O Reilly, Stephen Tier, Darren Byrne, Mick O'Donohue, Aaron Mulvey, Michael Gibbs, Marcus Fitzmaurice, Jack McCambe, Jordan Briggs, Jamie Storey, Niall Sullivan, Conor Dunne, Jamie Walsh.