Summerhill boys coast to a landslide victory
Summerhill College survived extreme weather conditions at Ballyhaunis to set up a fascinating Connacht Senior 'A' Championship semi-final showdown with old rivals, St. Jarlath's
Driving showers of hail and sleet and a near gale force wind made it a test of endurance as much as anything else but the Summerhill boys came through with flying colours, romping to a highly impressive victory.
After suffering the agony of three Connacht final defeats in a row at this level, Summerhill are desperate to make the long overdue breakthrough and that sense of determination was certainly evident as they ruthlessly dismissed the challenge of the Galway side.
Making light of the dreadful conditions, Summerhill stamped their authority on the game right from the start and went in at the break with a 2-3 to 0-4 lead, this despite playing against the elements in the opening half.
Well taken goals by Darragh O'Brien and Joey Farrell put the Sligo boys in the driving seat and Sean Finnegan, Stephen Henry and Dylan Corcoran got in on the scoring act with good points.
Stephen Kerins added a third goal for Summerhill within minutes of the restart and it was all one-way traffic from there to the finish.
James Noonan blasted a stinging drive to the roof of the net for Summerhill's fourth goal and Stephen Henry added on goal number five.
Summerhill's point scorers in the second period were Cian Breheny, Dylan Corcoran, Stephen Henry and Ciaran Stenson.
The Sligo team will now meet St. Jarlath's in an eagerly-awaited semi-final. The Tuam College beat Summerhill in the last two Connacht finals so there will be no shortage for incentive for the Sligo boys on this occasion.
Long-term injury victim, James O'Hehir, is definitely out of the semi-final but Summerhill are hopeful that their other injured players, Mark Geraghty and Dylan Kilgallon, will be available.
"Jarlath's are always very strong so it will be a tough one for us. But we're going well this year and we're looking forward to another showdown with our old rivals", said Summerhill manager, Mark Breheny.
SUMMERHILL COLLEGE: Jack Keegan, Aaron Clerkin, Darragh Cummins, Liam Henry, Conor Heraghty, David Keown, Jamie Gillen, Cian Breheny, Dylan Corcoran, Darragh O'Brien, Stephen Kerins, Sean Finnegan, Ciaran Stenson, Joey Farrell, Stephen Henry. Subs: James Noonan, Nathan Rooney, Conor Greene