Carr Goal Drives Seneschalstown to Victory

Feis Cup Round 5

Seneschalstown 1-14 St. Colmcilles 1-12

Seneschalstown picked their third win in five Feis Cup outings when battling to a two point win over St. Colmcille’s.

The visitors to the east coast could not have got off to a worse start when conceding a goal right from the throw in. However, they settled and were able to get themselves back into the game with points from Bryan Clarke – a 45’, Collie Carr and Mark Fox to leave themselves level after seven minutes of play. St. Colmcille’s retook the lead immediately but an excellent Adam Carey point from long range regained parity for Seneschalstown. Cathal Finnegan put his side in front for the first time after 14 minutes with a neat point from the edge of the ‘D’, but the sides were level at the water break courtesy of former Meath star Graham Reilly, who clipped over for the Seasiders.

During the second quarter, the back and forth nature continued on the scoreboard as both teams had a spell in the lead, being level and falling behind for a time. In this period Seán Carey got forward for a point, which was sandwiched in between a pair of converted frees from Cathal Finnegan. Ben Brennan was prominent for St. Colmcille’s at this point as he kicked over two of the scores for his side, with the scoreboard reading Seneschalstown 0-08 St. Colmcille’s 1-05 as the teams headed for the dugouts. Seneschalstown would have been disappointed to have wasted a number of good chances to be in front at the interval.

In the first few minutes of the second half, Seneschalstown would race ahead as a result of a goal from Collie Carr and a mark from Bryan Clarke. The goal coming as a result of some hard work from the forward unit to keep the opportunity alive before Carr thumped the ball beyond Andrew Beakey. The sides shared the next four points with Alan Mulvany pointing from play for Seneschalstown and Clarke adding a free.

After Mulvany’s point the home side began to dominate for a while and Seneschalstown struggled to get the ball up the pitch. Three points in a row brought the hosts level again and they looked to be in a strong position to win the game. However, from the resulting kickout Seneschalstown won the break and the ball was worked forward to Eoin Finnegan who sensibly punched the ball over the bar to put the away side back in front. From here, Seneschalstown went about closing out the game in a professional manner, helped by a brace of points from Clarke and substitute Brian Sheridan along with a solid defensive performance which ensured the two match points went the way of the Yellow Furze men.

Seneschalstown: David Lyons, Woodley Nicholson, John Smith, Adam Carey (0-01), Sean Carey (0-01), Mark Fox (0-01), Ryan O’Dowd, Sean Commons, Podge Finegan, Alan Mulvany (0-01), Collie Carr (1-01), Niall Lyons, Bryan Clarke (0-04, 2f, 1m, 1 45’) Cathal Finnegan (0-03, 2f), Dylan Keating.

Subs: Eoin Finnegan (0-01), Brian Sheridan (0-01), Niall Hickey, Johnny Gilsenan, Cormac Noonan, Ronan Conneely, James Meade.

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