Thursday 14 December 2017

Kelly strike fires Mayfield to final

Mayfield 1-14 Calry/St Joseph's 1-7

A mistake from Meath keeper Shane McGann led to a Danny Toner goal and the visitors led 1-2 to 1-0 after four minutes. Stock photo: Sportsfile
A mistake from Meath keeper Shane McGann led to a Danny Toner goal and the visitors led 1-2 to 1-0 after four minutes. Stock photo: Sportsfile

Mayfield emerged from a tough opening half to pull away and book their place in the All-Ireland junior club hurling final.

A fortunate goal from Nicky Kelly coupled with the sending off of Calry/St Joseph's Kevin Gilmartin were both key moments in the second half as the Cork men advanced.

The opening half was a competitive affair with the Sligo men racing into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead early on.

Mayfield soon found their rhythm and, led by Kelly at centre-forward, they went in leading 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time having being under pressure for most of the half.

The opening 10 minutes of the second half saw the game's defining period. Kelly launched in a high ball that deceived Chris Madden and ended up in the net while Kevin Gilmartin was also dismissed on a second yellow card. That goal left it 1-9 to 0-5 and Mayfield pushed on to lead 1-14 to 0-7 with time almost up.

Calry/St Joseph's stayed battling to the end and did get a consolation goal from Conor Griffin at the death but there was no denying Mayfield their trip to Croke Park.

Scorers - Mayfield: N Kelly 1-6 (3f), D O'Neill 0-4, K Punch 0-2, D Malone and D Hayes 0-1 each.

Calry/St Joseph's: K Raymond 0-6fs, C Griffin 1-1.

Mayfield - R O'Keeffe; K Brosnan, D Lucey, D Hayes; G Lehane, S O'Donovan, C Bond; K Punch, C O'Sullivan; D Malone, N Kelly, D O'Neill; S Duggan, K Walsh, P Duggan. Subs: I Looney for D Malone (54 mins), M Barry for K Walsh (58), J O'Donovan for D Hayes (60).

Calry/St Joseph's - C Madden; T Kelly, J Kenny, J Kerwin; D Keown, C Behan, L Reidy; R Cox, K Raymond; K Gilmartin, C Griffin, E McCarthy, D Collery, M Gilmartin, M O'Callaghan. Subs: F Coyne for L Reidy (blood 26-29), F Coyne for J Kerwin (57), D Cox for M O'Callaghan (59), N McDermott for D Keown (59).

Ref - G McGrath (Wexford)

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