Thursday 18 July 2019

Five-star DkIT book Mallow mission

GAA Trench Cup - DkIT 5-13 GMIT 1-9

DkIT's bid for a second Trench Cup title in three years is firmly on track following a stunning home quarter-final win over GMIT last week.

Oisin McConville's troops blew the westerners away with a five-star display to seal a trip to Cork for a semi-final clash on Friday week.

In perfect conditions DkIT produced a near-perfect performance with a host of county stars firing them into an early lead

Scores from Louth duo Sam Mulroy and Ross Nally and Armagh's Rian O'Neill opened a five-point cushion before Dobegal star Conor Doherty plundered the opening goal.

GMIT eventually put their first score on the voard but DkIT responded with a long range score from midfielder Eoghan McDonnell, a player who looks to be cut from the same cloth as Tyrone legend Sean Cavanagh.

GMIT enjoyed a good spell and looked to be creeping back into the game with back-to-back points, but lashed in a goal and two points in quick succession to put the game beyond all doubt at the break, 3-10 to 0-3.

With the game well and truly over at half-time McConville rang the changes giving some of his young guns game time.

As the second half wore on DkIT lost Joe Ward winner Ian Connor through injury and needed Fergal Sheeky to keep GMIT at bay.

But with Eoghan Callaghan marshalling the defence the home side closed the game out impressively to seal their weekend in Mallow.

DkIT: Fergal Sheeky (Dundalk Young Irelands); Conor Magennis (Killeavy), Hugh Osborne (Naomh Fionnbarra), Ian Connor (Newtown Blues); Sean O'Connor (Cootehill Celtic), Cormac Daly (Castlerahan), Eoghan Callaghan (Naomh Mairtin), Eunan Walsh 0-1 (St Mary's Aghagallon), Eoghan McDonnell 0-1 Mullaghbawn; Shea Hoey 1-1 St Patrick's, Cullyhanna, Rian O'Neill 2-2 (Crossmaglen Rangers), Sean Marry 1-1 (St Brides); Conor Doherty 1-0 (Kilcar), Sam Mulroy 0-3 Naomh Mairtin, Ross Nally 0-3 (Newtown Blues). Sub: Niall Magennis 0-2 (Killeavy).

Drogheda Independent