Tuesday 23 January 2018

Smyth keeps Cnoc Mhuire on right track

Cnoc Mhuire, Granard 3-12
St Oliver's, Oldcastle 0-5
LEINSTER voc schools sfc
Castleknock CC 4-10
Tullow CS 1-15

Longford minor star Robbie Smyth turned in a superb display as Cnoc Mhuire, Granard, brushed aside St Oliver's, Oldcastle in Abbeylara yesterday.

The full-forward notched up 2-7 in a game Cnoc Mhuire dominated throughout.

The Granard school raced into a nine-point lead inside the opening quarter, with Smyth finding the back of the net twice.

Barely 30 seconds had gone when he got his first and his second arrived in the 15th minute when Liam Sullivan played in the perfect ball for the full-forward to coolly slot home. Oldcastle lived off scraps in the first half and scored just three points.

Cnoc Mhuire were just as ruthless after the break, although Diarmuid O'Reilly was sent off in the 41st minute, and they ran out deserved winners.

Scorers -- Cnoc Mhuire: R Smyth 2-7 (0-5f), A McFarland 1-0, E Reilly 0-3, C Lynn, A McElligott 0-1 each. St Oliver's: M Geraghty 0-2 (0-1f), R Farrelly, E Leavey, M Rehill 0-1 each.

Cnoc Mhuire -- C Dalton; D Murphy, S McKeown, S Sheridan; Dan Reilly, D O'Reilly, L Sullivan; A Baxter, M Cullen; P Kelly, W O'Hara, C Lynn; E Reilly, R Smyth, A McElligott. Subs: A McFarland for Kelly (h/t), S O'Hara for Lynn (48).

St Oliver's -- J Weir; K O'Reilly, C Farrelly, C Foley; C Sommons, J O'Reilly, E McNamee; D Geraghty, D Harte; A Patterson, R Farrelly, E Leavey; M Rehill, M Geraghty, D McGivney. Subs: D Farrelly for McGivney (24), G Fitzimons for Harte (48), L McNerney for Rehill, N Doyle for Leavey (53), J McNamee for O'Reilly (54).

Ref -- T Donohoe (Rathcline).

Adam Noonan's second goal from the penalty spot on the hour mark saw Castleknock CC home.

Noonan had netted an 18th- minute penalty to see the Dubliners lead 3-4 to 1-9 at the interval. The teams were level three times in the second half before Ross Mullins edged Castleknock ahead and Noonan's penalty secured victory.

SCORERS -- Castleknock CC: A Noonan 3-0 (2-0pen), R Mullins 1-5 (0-3f) , K Hartnett 0-2, S O'Brien, D Sweeney, M Brady 0-1 each. Tullow CS: A Lawlor 1-2, M Byrne 0-5, D Kelly 0-3, A Fleming 0-2, T Eustace, E Molloy, J Sunderland 0-1 each.

CASTLEKNOCK CC -- M Weldon; M Ebbes, S Clarke, T Quinn; G O'Hara, D Sweeney, D McCormack; M Brady, S Donaldson; J Kiernan, C Spillane, K Hartnett; S O'Brien, A Noonan, R Mullins. Subs: T Moran for Kiernan, C Hanley for Spillane.

TULLOW CS -- P Nolan; A O'Neill, D O'Byrne, E Byrne; C O'Brien, T Eustace, C Kearney; E Molloy, J Sunderland; M Byrne, D Kelly, A Fleming; G Byrne, G Smith, A Lawlor. Subs: M Doyle for E Byrne, A Redmond for G Byrne, D Cole for Redmond.

REF -- J Lawlor (Rathvilly).

Irish Independent

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