Saturday 17 March 2018

Grace hits brace as Mooncoin progress

Mooncoin 5-11 Lámh Dhearg 0-8

Mooncoin cruised to an 18-point victory over Lámh Dhearg yesterday. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Mooncoin cruised to an 18-point victory over Lámh Dhearg yesterday. Stock photo: Sportsfile

Mooncoin of Kilkenny booked their place in the All-Ireland JHC final with an impressive 18-point victory over Lámh Dhearg in Trim yesterday.

The Antrim and Ulster champions were without the services of six first-team players through suspension and they suffered a nightmare start with the concession of two goals in the opening seven minutes - both scored by Mooncoin corner-forward Michael Grace.

A Paddy Cunningham free was the only reply in a sluggish start from Lámh Dhearg.

However, Mooncoin failed to build on their dominant opening and the Hannahstown men only trailed 2-4 to 0-5 at the break.

Upon the restart, the Kilkenny champions reasserted their superiority and a burst of four points from play by wing-forward Ray Wall and a goal from John Fitzgerald put Mooncoin 3-8 to 0-6 ahead with 45 minutes played.

As Lámh Dhearg's challenge petered out in the closing minutes, Mooncoin cut loose and injury-time goals from Fitzgerald and full-forward Eamonn Hennebry secured a facile win for Joe Murphy's side.

Scorers - Lámh Dhearg: P Cunningham 0-6 (5fs), M Herron (1f), T McCrudden 0-1 each. Mooncoin: J Fitzgerald 2-1, M Grace 2-0, K Crowley 0-4 (3fs), R Wall 0-4, Eamonn Hennebry 1-0, C Fleming, S Walsh 0-1 each.

Lámh Dhearg - PJ Herron; S Gibson, M Lynch, C Nolan; C Herron, M Herron, C Kelly; C McCloskey, A McGuigan; T McCrudden, D Nugent, P Brunty; J Trainor, J Doone, P Cunningham. Subs: A McAufield for Brunty (h/t), E Herron for Dooe (57), D Fox for Trainor (57), S McAllister for S Gibson (57), D Napier for Nolan (60).

Mooncoin - E Purcell; C Brophy, N Mackey, L Hennebry; C Daly, Eoin Hennebry, S Kearns; C Fleming, K Crowley; S Walsh, S Wall, R Wall; M Grace, Eamonn Hennebry, J Fitzgerald. Subs: A Walsh for S Wall (h/t).

Ref: Kevin McGeeney (Roscommon)

Irish Independent

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