Saturday 17 March 2018

Naomh Mearnog bolster survival prospects

NAOMH Mearnog will be expecting a big crowd next Sunday in Torcaill as they face up to Clann na Gael Fontenoy in a crucial relegation clash.

In what will be their final game of the season, Mearnog will be attempting to maintain their proud record of continuously playing senior hurling since 1996.

Mearnog hold a two-point advantage over bottom-of-the-table Fontenoys and will be hoping to have all hands on board for this do-or-die clash.

Their penultimate league game of the season in Finglas at the weekend saw them overcome a three-point deficit at one stage.

Mearnog had trailed by 1-3 to no-score in the first half before a free in by Davy Byrne was finished home by wing forward Gary De Loughrey.

By half-time the score was at 1-10 to 1-7 to Erins Isle, but a goal from Pa Jo Reale was to see Mearnog pull ahead.

Erins Isle, who were chasing a promotion play-off spot, came back to within a point before Naomh Mearnog closed the game out with points from Ciaran Watters, Mick O'Donoghue and Aidan Kenny.

Best for Mearnog on the day was Aidan Kenny who gave a terrific display from the placed ball, while John Owens excelled at wing back.

NAOMH MEARNOG: Aiden Kenny 0-9, Gary De Loughrey, PA Jo Reale 1-1 each, Ciaran Watters, Mick O'Donoughue 0-2 each, Brian McCarthy 0-1.

Fingal Independent