Dunshaughlin hit Dunderry in shock of championship
Dunshaughlin ...... 1-8
Dunshaughlin ............... 1-8
Dunderry ....................... 2-2
The shock of the championship year it may be but it won’t be too much of a surprise if Dunshaughlin now go on to take the Keegan Cup following this fully merited victory over a fancied Dunderry side in this Banjo Sherlock’s SFC semi-final at Pairc Tailteann on Sunday last.
The intermediate champions of two years ago might have been the underdogs going into this match but they had their place in the final booked long before referee Peter Fox blew the final whistle. Dunderry substitute Ger Brady put a somewhat flattering look on the outcome with a goal six minutes into injury time but overall Dunshaughlin were the superior outfit in most departments.
Tommy Dowd was a surprise inclusion in the Dunderry line up, he started at midfield before eventually ending up in the full- forward line before half time. Right half back Colm Harte who was probably Dunderry’s best player opened the scoring in the 5th minute but it was the hungrier and more committed Dunshaughlin who dominated for the remainder of the half. They missed some good scoring opportunities but still managed to be 1-3 to 0-1 ahead at the break. Richie Kealy two, and a pointed free from his brother Denis left it 0-3 to 0-1 at the end of the opening quarter before a dour first half was livened by a brilliant Dunshaughlin goal.
It involved Richie Kealy, Tiernan O’ Rourke and David Crimmins and was finished to the net by O’ Rourke.
A Tommy Dowd point got Dunderry moving on the restart but they were unable to make an impact against Dunshaughlin’s dogged approach. Dunderry’s Keith Folan was sent off ten minutes into that second half but Dunshaughlin were unable to score with any sort of regularity and only managed one third quarter point, from Richie Kealy.
They added two further points in the 51st and 52nd minutes from Graham Dowd before Brian Newman ended a Tommy Dowd and Keith Callaghan move to the net six minutes from the end of normal time. That left it 1-6 to 1-2 and Denis Kealy converted another free to ease Dunshaughlin worries. David Moroney added another point to leave six between the sides and there was no way back for Dunderry at that stage.
Scorers: Dunshaughlin: Richie Kealy 0-3, Tiernan O’ Rourke 1-0, Graham Dowd, Denis Kealy 0-2 each, David Moroney 0-1. Dunderry: Brian Newman, Ger Brady 1-0 each, Tommy Dowd, Colm Harte 0-1 each.
Dunshaughlin: B. O’ Rourke, F. Gogan, K. McTigue, C. Byrne, Denis Kealy, A. Kealy, S. Kelly, Dermot Kealy, N. Kelly, D. Moroney, R. Kealy, S. Claire, D. Crimmins, T. O’ Rourke, G. Dowd. Subs: B. Kealy for Byrne, T. Dowd for O’ Rourke, K. Kealy for Moroney.
Dunderry: M. Kelly, N. Howley, D. Callaghan, M. Horan, C. Harte, B. Callaghan, D. Clarke, S. O’ Rourke, T. Dowd, K. Callaghan, K. Dowd, J. Brady, S. Kelly, B. Newman, K. Folan. Subs: G. Brady for Kelly, E. Howley for Clarke, S. Harte for K. Callaghan. Referee: Peter Fox ( Wolfe Tones).