Dunboyne dominate tame Shels
AIB Leinster Club SFC - Dunboyne 1-12 Shelmaliers (WX) 1-2
Meath champions Dunboyne set up a home Leinster quarter final clash against their Dublin counterparts after overcoming this tricky opening round SFC tie much more comfortably than anticipated at Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday.
However, Dunboyne will have to plot the downfall of the Dublin champions without talisman Donal Lenihan who is going travelling for the next year, starting this Tuesday.
They will hope to have Ronan Jones, David McEntee and David Gallagher back in the fold for that clash after all three missed Sunday's encounter.
Shelmaliers were first time Wexford champions after clinching the title the previous week following a replay win over Kilanerin and this game probably came too soon for them to pose a serious threat to Dunboyne.
Lenihan was on target with two early points for the visitors who established a 0-10 to 1-1 interval lead. A new midfield pairing of Gavin McCoy and Stuart Lowndes were dominant throughout the half while in attack Robbie McCarthy proved a handful and contributed four points from play.
Lowndes (two), Shane McEntee and Michael Dunne were also on target for Dunboyne in that first half. A lone point from Eoin Doyle on 10 minutes was all a wasteful home side had to show for their efforts until they were thrown a lifeline just before the break.
Ross Banville netted to give his side hope after Lenihan had gone close moments earlier at the other end.
The hosts were unable to build on that late first half goal however though Dunboyne were far from their best throughout the second half.
Neither side could add to their tally in the third quarter and the half was 20 minutes old before Cathal Finn eventually broke the deadlock to extend the Dunboyne lead.
The winners remaining point came from Lenihan who also played a vital role in his sides' goal, finished to the net by substitute Shane Comiskey four minutes from the finish.
Shelmaliers were reduced to 14 players in the closing stages and their only score of the half arrived in additional time from county player Brian Malone.
DUNBOYNE: Cian Flynn; Sean Ryan, Shane McEntee 0-1, Jack Scannell; Cathal Finn 0-1, Jack Donnelly, Seamus Lavin; Gavin McCoy, Stuart Lowndes 0-2; Niall Jones, Conor Doran, Cian O'Dwyer; Robbie McCarthy 0-4, Michael Dunne 0-1, Donal Lenihan 0-3 (1f). Subs: Shane Comiskey 1-0 for Dunne (39), Cathal Lacey for Doran (39), Liam Byrne for Jones (52), Michael Murphy for Lowndes (59), Stephen Moran for McCarthy (59).
SHELMALIERS: G Lawlor; D Campbell, J Cash, C O'Shaughnessy; S Donohoe, B Malone 0-1, J Donohoe; A Cash, G Malone; E Nolan, E Doyle 0-1, R Banville 1-0; C Hearne, C McCabe, A J Lehane. Subs: T Barron for Hearne (41), C Manley for J Donohoe (BC 47), L Rockett for Lehane (49), P O'Leary for Barron (50), B Murphy for Banville (55).
REF: B Tiernan (Kildare)