'Bellew Bomber' blows the gaels away

LMFM Minor League Division 3 Round 7

Jenkinstown Gaels 4-11 Seneschalstown 5-16

Twenty-six days after their last match in the LMFM Minor League Seneschalstown were back in action on Friday evening when they took on the amalgamation of Moynalvey and Blackhall Gaels in Moynalvey. On a perfect evening for football both teams served up a highly entertaining match, sharing thirty-six scores between them with Seneschalstown managing to eke out a well-deserved victory which sees them move onto eight points on the table.

The Seneschalstown youngsters got off to a great start as they went three points up with only four minutes on the clock with corner forward Cathal Finnegan very prominent, kicking two of the points and being fouled for a free resulting in Eoin Finnegan kicking the other. Jenkinstown Gaels may have been slower to get going but when they did they were very impressive going forward as they notched a rapid fire goal and three points between the sixth and twelfth minutes, the goal in particular being an excellent score as the full forward soloed through the Seneschalstown defence before burying his shot past Keith Waters.

Midfielder Daire Finnegan looked to quench the Jenkinstown Gaels fire with a very well taken point but the home side replied on the quarter hour when their full forward sent over a free which was scored at the second time of asking much to the bemusement of those present. Then came two goals in the space of sixty seconds. Firstly, Seneschalstown carried the ball the length of the field through the hands of Daire Finnegan, Brian Maguire and Eoin Finnegan who then played in Sean Commons who made no mistake as he slipped the ball in for a clinically taken goal. Jenkinstown Gaels though hit back immediately to regain their three-point advantage before extending it to four on seventeen minutes.

Seneschalstown set about whittling down this lead when Alan Mulvany pointed before Robert Wogan fired over a magnificent point. Dylan Doyle, now operating at midfield then drove over a long range free after a surging Brian Maguire run was halted and then Cathal Finnegan drew the sides level when he popped over his third point of the match following good play from Sean Commons.

Jenkinstown Gaels managed to edge back in front when pointing but Seneschalstown were not lying down and within seconds had hit the lead themselves when Joseph Moore made the most of a great driving run from Brian Maguire and clever pass from Sean Commons to roll the ball into the corner of the net. The Seneschalstown lead then became three points when Eoin Finnegan boomed over a long range effort. There was still time for Jenkinstown Gaels to score their second point of the match and their ‘keeper to pull off a smart stop from a Cathal Finnegan goal effort.

This left the half time score reading Seneschalstown 2-09 Jenkinstown Gaels and the game was well and truly in the balance.

Just as they had done in the opening half Seneschalstown got off to a blistering start in the second, only this time managing to do more damage on the scoreboard. Firstly, Eoin Finnegan sent over a free after the strength of his jersey was tested before Alan Mulvany saw his shot go over with a bit of assistance from the crossbar as he got on the end of a sweeping move involving Robert Wogan, Mulvany himself and Joseph Moore. Sean Commons added a point to his earlier goal and then Finnegan sent over another free after Robert Wogan was fouled. The Seneschalstown lead then became eight points when corner forward Cathal Finnegan picked off his sides third goal of the match.

Jenkinstown Gaels looked to stem to flow of Seneschalstown scores when they notched a point from a free but from the kickout Keith Waters picked out Dylan Doyle who quickly transferred off to Robert Wogan and when his point came back down off the post it fell into the grateful arms of Cathal Finnegan and with a neat sidestep he took the goalkeeper and a defender out of the play before tapping into the empty goal. Sean Commons then further extended the Seneschalstown lead when he tagged on a point before Seneschalstown were reduced to fourteen players when with Dylan Keating already substituted, Daire Finnegan was forced from the field.

This appeared to act as a timely boon for the home side as they quickly scored a goal and two points but Seneschalstown were in no humour to see their hard earned lead wiped out and in typically gritty form they knuckled down to grab the next two points. Firstly, Brian Maguire did very well before picking out Alan Mulvany who in turn played a delightful pass infield where he found Cathal Finnegan and the corner forward split the uprights. Finnegan then added another after superb work in his defence from the tenacious Louis Healy.

A fifty third minute Jenkinstown Gaels point which Keith waters had to tip over hinted there was still life in their challenge but this was soon killed off when Cathal Finnegan completed his hat trick. There was still time for the home side to win a penalty which they managed to score despite Waters getting a toe to the effort.

On a night when Seneschalstown played some excellent football they were best served by Shane McGeer, Brian Maguire, Robert Wogan and Cathal Finnegan while Dylan Doyle had many bright moments.

Seneschalstown: Keith Waters, Eoin Traynor, Dylan Doyle (0-01, 0-01 Free), Louis Healy, Shane McGeer, Brian Maguire, Richie McKeown, Robert Wogan (0-01), Daire Finnegan (0-01), Joseph Moore (1-00), Eoin Finnegan (0-04, 0-03 Frees), Alan Mulvany (0-02), Cathal Finnegan (3-05), Sean Commons (1-02), Dylan Keating.

Seneschalstown Substitute: Sean Carey for D. Keating.

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