Five-star Mairtins too good for Clans
GAA Division 1 Football League: Naomh Mairtin 5-8 Clan na Gael 1-10
Naomh Mairtin finished the season on top of the Division 1 table thanks to a comfortable victory over Clan na Gael in Dundalk on Friday night.
After the final whistle blew on a ten-point defeat, the night got even worse for the hosts as word filtered through that Cooley Kickhams had snatched a dramatic draw which means that the Clans now have to face into a promotion/relegation play-off.
The Clans went into the game chasing a victory that would almost certainly have kept them safe in Division 1 for another season and they were very much in the game at the break when trailing by just a point. However, the Mairtins pulled away in the second half as they fired in four goals to complete the victory.
There was little between the teams in the opening period with Billy Smith (3), Mark McGeown and Robbie Curran on target for the Clans. However, a goal from Paul Berrill was enough to give the visitors a 1-3 to 0-5 advantage.
The Clans were unable to sustain the effort in the second half as the Jocks hit the net through Stephen Campbell, Eoghan Callaghan, Sam Mulroy and Fra McCullough to record their ninth win of the campaign.
Billy Smith replied with a goal for the Clans.
NH MAIRTIN: James Mulholland; Paul Berrill 1-0, Mick Fanning, Eoin Wright; Padraig McDonagh, Graeme McQuillan, Mark Whelan; Gavin Mooney, Val Leddy; Stephen Campbell 1-0, Eoghan Callaghan 1-1, Conor Healy 0-1; Wayne Campbell 0-1, Sam Mulroy 1-3, John Clutterbuck 0-1. Subs: Thomas Sullivan, Conor Whelan 0-1, JP Rooney, Shane Campbell, Alan Downey, Francis McCullough 1-0.
CLAN NA GAEL: Sean Smith; Craig Callan, Donal Boyle, Brian McDonnell; Craig Long, Micheal McDonnell, Reece O'Hanlon; Ray McCabe 0-1, John Byrne 0-1; Robbie Curran 0-1, Billy Smith 1-4, Conall McKeever; Mark Newell, Mark McGeown 0-3, Paul Crewe. Subs: Tiarnan O'Reilly for R O'Hanlon, Jason Cullen for J Byrne, Adam Lynch for M Newell, Tiarnan Weldon for C Long.