Clinical display earns points

Ideal Bathrooms Junior C Football Championship Round 2

Seneschalstown 2-17 Kilmainhamwood 1-09

Seneschalstown made the trip to Drumconrath on Friday evening a fruitful one when they dealt with the challenge of Kilmainhamwood to pick up their first win of this years Junior C Football Championship. The team were eager to bounce back after a very disappointing display against Syddan in Round 1.

From the throw in, the side in yellow were on the front foot as Mark Gleeson pointed from close range. Stephen Dillon then kicked an excellent left footed point to double the advantage before the north Meath outfit opened their account for the evening with a point from play. On 7 minutes, Seneschalstown got in for their first goal of the evening when after an excellent ball over the top was played to Stephen Dillon, the wing forward set himself and finished low underneath the goalkeeper with plenty of power. This left Seneschalstown four points to the good after seven minutes. This became a five point gap when raiding wing back Cormac Mullen made a clever run on the outside of the forwards before arrowing his shot over the bar at the clubhouse end of the ground. However, the early stages were proving to be the Stephen Dillon show as another point from the hard working wing forward added to Seneschalstown’s tally, leaving the old scoreboard reading 1-04 to 0-01 in favour of the Yellow Furze men. Two points from Kilmainhamwood’s centre half forward reduced the deficit to four points, but Seneschalstown answered in the best possible fashion. Having worked the ball downfield, it looked as if Seneschalstown had overplayed the ball, but Mark Gleeson picked it up a sent the shot bouncing into the net after it was half blocked by a combination of a defender and the goalie. Dillon struck another point shortly after, bringing his total for the evening so far to 1-03 all from play. Corner forward Tommy Ledwidge then added his name to the scoresheet with a fine point, before Kilmainhamwood offered themselves brief respite with a point. Wing back Cormac Mullen then got himself upfield to kick his second point of the evening. The accurate Gleeson, as well as the clever James Gillic each knocked over points towards the end of the half to open up a double digit lead for last years Junior D Football Championship winners. However, Seneschalstown will have very disappointed the half in the way they did as they conceded a sloppy goal and two points. All of a sudden a comfortable 11 point lead had been whittled down to 6 – only two kicks of a ball from a Kilmainhamwood point of view – at the interval.

After soaking up some early Kilmainhamwood pressure in the very early stages of the second period, Seneschalstown began to kick on as they kicked 7 of the next 8 points. Corner forward Ivan McCormack kicked the first, which was answered by a similar Kilmainhamwood effort, but Seneschalstown pushed on with their aforementioned period of dominance. Centre forward Darren Donohue knocked over a point, before midfield general Frank Sheridan curled over a mighty effort off his left peg from 35 metres out. McCormack then kicked another point – this time off his left, and by this stage, Kilmainhamwood’s lack of substitutes was beginning to tell. Seneschalstown had the luxury of being able to bring on five, and two of them were having an influence on proceedings. Conor McCoy and Niall McCabe were adding plenty of drive and determination around the middle sector of the field. Having kicked 1-03 in the opening period, Stephen Dillon kicked his first point of the second half in the 44th minute. In the last quarter, the scores dried up considerably as Seneschalstown gave more substitutions a chance to claim a regular starting spot on the team. The 53rd minute was when we saw the next score through the reliable Ivan McCormack. Kilmainhamwood then posted their last two scores of the game, before McCormack rounded off the scoring for the evening with a 59th minute point. Having waited until the 19th May to register their first competitive victory of the year, Seneschalstown picked up a second in as many outings and are now looking forward to a clash with table toppers Na Fianna in Round 3, who have won both of their opening games comfortably.

Seneschalstown: David Gordon, Philip Sheridan, Chris Dunleavy, Ruairí Keogh, Cormac Mullen (0-02), Johnny Muldoon, Shaun Doyle, Frank Sheridan (0-01), Jimmy Reilly, Stephen Dillon (1-04), Darren Donohue (0-01), James Gillic (0-01), Tommy Ledwidge (0-01), Mark Gleeson (1-03), Ivan McCormack (0-04).
Subs: Conor McCoy for Reilly, Niall McCabe for Ledwidge, Shane Mulvany for Gleeson, Cillien Corcoran for McCormack, Eoghan Noonan for Doyle.

By Shane Mulvany

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