Quarter final awaits for Simonstown Gaels
Blackhall Gaels 0-7 THE quarter-final stages of the Meath SFC await Simonstown following their fully deserved five point victory over Blackhall Gaels in Dunshaughlin last Sunday. Captain Ned Kearney was in fine form as the winners led 0-5 to 0-4 at the break. Kearney hit thre
Blackhall Gaels 0-7
THE quarter-final stages of the Meath SFC await Simonstown following their fully deserved five point victory over Blackhall Gaels in Dunshaughlin last Sunday.
Captain Ned Kearney was in fine form as the winners led 0-5 to 0-4 at the break. Kearney hit three of those first half points with John Lunney grabbing the other two.
Blackhall Gaels responded with the first two points of the second half to go in front but they were stopped in their tracks when Paul Meade fisted to the net from a John Lunney pass in the 40th minute.
The impressive Simonstown half-back line of Ronan Brady, Alan Meade and Seamus Kenny laid the foundations for further points from Lunney, substitute Daryl Murray and two from Kearney.
Paul Meade, Cian McGrath and fit-again midfielder Hank Traynor were others to impress for Colm O'Rourke's charges.
The result means that Simonstown now top Group A and will play the second placed team in Group B either Dunboyne, or Gaeil Colmcille.
Blackhall still have another chance to join them in the knockout stages, they meet Ballinlough in a play-off.
SIMONSTOWN — D Nolan, S Leddy, R McGrath, B Flood, R Brady, A Meade, S Kenny, S Kennedy, H Traynor, HJ O'Reilly, C McGrath, P Meade 1-0, D Gormley, N Kearney 0-5, J Lunney 0-3. Subs: D Murray 0-1 for Gormley, M Byrne for Kennedy.
Blackhall Gaels scorers: M Ferris, M Crampton 0-2 each, M Whelan, S McNally, T Brosnan 0-1 each.
In other SFC matches champions Dunshaughlin only managed a 0-6 apiece draw with Gaeil Colmcille in a dour contest but still top group D and will meet either Ballinlough or Blackhall Gaels in a quarter final.
In the other tie of the group St Peter’s Dunboyne beat Summerhill 2-8 to 0-13 and play-off with the Kells men for a last eight place. Summerhill go to the relegation play-offs.
Ballinlough condemned Dunderry to the relegation play-offs following their 0-12 to 1-7 win. With Tommy Dowd finding the net Dunderry led 1-3 to 0-5 at the break.
Jody Devine was wide from the penalty spot for Ballinlough in the opening half but accounted for three points of his side’s tally.
Dunderry led by three points going into the final quarter but five unanswered points in the closing stages gave Ballinlough victory.
Trim caused a major shock when upsetting Skryne 2-13 to 1-11 at Kilmessan. Darren Fay and Meath minor star Francis Murphy were both in outstanding form at midfield. The winners were well worth their victory and led by eight points at one stage in the final quarter.
Both sides are through to the knockout stages against either Seneschalstown or Walterstown.
Cortown staged a late recovery to avoid the relegation play-offs and end Kilmainhamwood’s interest with a late Martin Henry goal and a winning point from Glen Loughran. It gave Cortown a 1-10 to 1-9 win and the sides must now meet again to decide which of them goes into the relegation play-offs.