Keelaghan's late brace puts gloss on St Pat's victory
WITH five of the Meath panel that reached last year's All-Ireland minor final, St Patrick's, Navan advanced at Pairc Tailteann.
However, their victory wasn't as impressive as the scoreline suggests and they only led by the minimum after Moate corner-forward John Corbally blasted to the net on 49 minutes.
Moate failed to add to their tally after that, though, as St Patrick's produced a finishing burst that yielded 1-3 without reply.
Substitute Barry Dardis doubled their advantage on 56 minutes before another sub, Robert Keeleghan, notched 1-1 in the space of a minute to secure victory.
The hosts got off to a whirlwind start after Ruairi O Coileain soloed through and his shot took a deflection which wrong-footed the goalkeeper and found the net after just 90 seconds.
Colm O'Rourke's outfit added four points before wing-back Andrew McCormack eventually got Moate off the mark from a 30-metre free on 23 minutes.
Moate dominated for the remainder of the half and at the break had reduced the deficit, 0-3 to 1-4.
They also enjoyed the better of the exchanges throughout the third quarter but the accuracy of corner-forward Niall Lyons, who finished top scorer with five points, proved crucial for the Navan side.
SCORERS – St Patrick's: N Lyons 0-5 (1f), R O Coileain, R Keeleghan 1-1 each, J Gore, R McDonnell (f), N O'Brien, B Dardis 0-1 each. Moate CS: J Corbally 1-1, A Farrell 0-3 (2f), A McCormack 0-2 (2f), R Hickey 0-1.
ST PATRICK'S – C Farnan; J O'Malley, S O'Brien, D McGuinness; N O'Reilly, N Kane, C Meade; D Ryan, J McEntee; N McCabe, R O Coileain, J Gore; N Lyons, R McDonnell, N O'Brien. Subs: B Dardis for Gore (h-t), R Keeleghan for McDonnell (40), C Murphy for N O'Brien (47), E Sheridan for O Coileain (53), O Coileain for McCabe (59).
MOATE CS – D O'Connell; B Sayeh, S Bracken, D Carroll; J Kinahan, R Gorman, A McCormack; S Doyle, R Cunningham; S Moran, R Hickey, T Watts; A Farrell, S Woods, J Corbally. Subs: G Murray for Woods (24), Woods for Farrell (58).