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Monday 22 October 2018

Rathkenny trounced in Championship opener

NA FIANNA ... 5-12RATHKENNY ... 0-10NEW club Na Fianna were an unknown quantity going into this opening round IFC championship match at Dunderry...



> Rathkenny trounced in Championship opener



NA FIANNA ... 5-12

RATHKENNY ... 0-10

NEW club Na Fianna were an unknown quantity going into this opening round IFC championship match at Dunderry on Sunday but opponents Rathkenny are unlikely to forget them in a hurry following this demolition job.

With the North Meath side’s defence leaking goals it was always going to be an uphill battle.

Points from John, Donal and Edmund Curtis and Brian Roe was all the losers could manage in the opening period as Na Fianna led 2-4 to 0-4 at the break.

Whatever chance Rathkenny had of a second half revival disappeared shortly after the break as the winners struck with two further goals.

Brian Roe, Noel Curtis and substitute John McKeever were best for a disappointing losers outfit.

RATHKENNY: John Martin, Larry Murray, Dermot Curtis, Joe McKeever, Noel Curtis, Tommy McKeever, Michael Reid, John Curtis (0-1), Pat Hanley, Derek Smith, Donal Curtis (0-3), Edmund Curtis (0-4), Brian Roe (0-2), David Heery, Peter Downey.

Subs: Dermot Downey for Murray, John McKeever for D. Downey, Thomas Rowan for Heery.

Low score

ST. PAUL’S ... 0-4

DONAGHMORE / ASHBOURNE ... 0-2

IF ever a scoreline told a tale this was it.

St. Pauls and Donaghmore/Ashbourne produced some dreadful fare in this opening round IFC tie at Dunshaughlin on Sunday last.

The conditions made it difficult for both sides but the respective sets of forwards were guilty of some woeful finishing.

Donaghmore/Ashbourne faced ap uphill battle from the third minute when John Lynch received his marching orders.

However with the St. Pauls attack failing to take advantage of their extra man the losers remained in contention throughout.

Timmy O’ Regan accounted for both his sides points, one of which came from a free, and the sides were level at 0-2 each at the break.

The winners got a penalty in the second half but could only manage a point from it while Sean Harmon who switched to attack in the second half, and O’Regan both missed chances of goals for Donaghmore.

It wasn’t easy to pick out individuals who played well but Brendan Murphy, Martin Lynch, Harmon and Murt O’Sullivan were the pick.

DONAGHMORE / ASHBOURNE: Alan Bermingham, Noel Woods, Mick Beggy, Davy Gaughan, Brendan Murphy, Martin Lynch, Sean Harmon, James Heavey, Murt O’Sullivan, John Lynch, Fergus Harmon, Ross Tormey, Ian Dowd, Timmy O’Regan (0-2), P.J. Moran.

Subs: Ken Woods for Fergus Harmon, Paul Finglas for Ross Tormey, Sean Smith for Moran.

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