Tuesday 25 June 2019

Smith the difference for in-form seasiders

Dreadnots' Paraic Smith tussles with Sean Fee of Gales
Dreadnots' Paraic Smith tussles with Sean Fee of Gales

An in-form Paraic Smith proved the difference between the sides as his two goals and three points helped the Dreadnots maintain their 100% start in Division 1.

Dreadnots 3-9 Kilkerley Emmets 1-8

Smith's first goal came midway through the opening half extending the Dreadnots lead after they had started brightly through points from Peter Kirwan and Derek Shevlin. The Emmets first score didn't arrive until the tenth minute with Shane Lennon sending the ball over the bar. However that was a rare moment of success for the Kilkerley side as the Clogherhead men dominated the half.

Anthony Williams' long-range effort just before half time meant the Dreadnots went in at the break holding a comfortable 1-7 to 0-3 lead.

The Dreadnots' second goal came shortly after the restart when Anthony Lynch burst through to make it 2-7 to 0-5 in the away side's favour. Kilkerley responded almost immediately when Shane Lennon was awarded a penalty by referee David Loughran which he duly dispatched for Kilkerley's first goal.

That goal briefly gave Kilkerley hope of getting something out of the game but that hope didn't last long as Smith once again broke through to score a fine goal to ensure the Dreadnots went back to Clogherhead with their 100% record intact.

DREADNOTS: Ciaran Cunningham; Brian Gargan, Padraig Rath, Derek Shevlin 0-1; Ryan Gargan, Cian McEvoy, Barry Faulkner; David O'Brien, Fergal McGuigan; Anthony Williams 0-1, Anthony Lynch 1-0, Peter Kirwan 0-3, Richard Kirwan, Paraic Smith 2-3. Subs: Liam Judge, Darragh Shevlin 0-1

KILKERLEY EMMETS: Cillian Quigley; Niall Mulholland, Cillian Mulligan, Alan McGeough; John McElroy, Fintan Clarke, Ciaran Clarke 0-1; Ciaran Bellew, Andrew McGuill; Ronan Mulholland, Shane Lennon 1-6, James Fegan; Conal McEneaney, Sean Hand 0-1, Daniel McKeown. Subs: Conor Kirk for S Hand, Ciaran Quigley for C Clarke.

Drogheda Independent