Monday 16 September 2019

Lenihan back to boost champs

Championship round-up

Keegan Cup holders Dunboyne welcomed back Donal Lenihan to their starting line up as they returned to winning ways in Group C of the SFC at Pairc Tailteann on Sunday evening.

The champions inflicted a first defeat on Na Fianna, 2-12 to 1-11, with Lenihan who recently returned after a number of months travelling abroad, finding the net close to half-time.

That goal boosted Dunboyne to a 1-8 to 1-5 interval lead, with the Na Fianna goal coming from Jamie Queeney.

Robbie McCarthy accounted for seven points for the winners before he found the net with 10 minutes remaining to leave his side seven points clear. Na Fianna hit the last three points, but it wasn't enough to save their 100% record.

There was plenty of drama in the opening SFC game on the Pairc Tailteann programme as Summerhill snatched victory from Ratoath on a 1-10 to 1-9 scoreline, with the winning score, a goal from David Larkin, arriving in added time.

Ratoath welcomed Eamon Wallace back to their ranks and the former county player converted a penalty on 57 minutes, shortly after his arrival to the action.

Ratoath led 0-6 to 0-4 at the break, but the sides were level at 0-8 each heading into the final quarter.

Three teams share top spot in Group B, Ratoath, Donaghmore/Ashbourne and Summerhill, all on four points. Longwood are firmly rooted at the bottom ahead of their Round 3 tie against Moynalvey this Tuesday evening.

The Gaeil Colmcille verses O'Mahony's tie postponed at the weekend because of an unplayable pitch will now go ahead this Wednesday evening and the Kells men will go top on their own in Group A if they continue their recent dominance over the Navan men.

O'Mahony's, though, need the win if they are to continue their challenge for a knockout spot.

Group C is the most competitive of the groups with Dunboyne, Wolfe Tones, Na Fianna and Simonstown all on four points. Curraha are on two, while St Colmcille's have yet to register a point.

In the Intermediate grade Duleek-Bellewstown repeated their recent Corn na Boinne Cup success over Dunderry, winning 1-10 to 0-11 at Donore on Saturday evening.

The Duleek-Bellewstown goal arrived in the opening minute, the first score of the game, and it proved to be the difference between the teams at the final whistle.

The east Meath side were ahead 1-5 to 0-7 at the break.

Drogheda Independent