Darby saves the points

U-16 Football League Division 2 Round 1

Drumconrath/Meath Hill 2-10 Seneschalstown 1-14

Seneschalstown’s U-16's opened their account in this year’s Spring League with a tough encounter away to Drumconrath/Meath Hill. With a number of players missing due to school trips and injury like Conor Dunne, Ben Coffey, Seanie Dalton Tom Smith but mixed with players from the U-15 team currently contesting the final of the Cross-Border League and players from the U-17 panel currently contesting the Division 1 League Final there was plenty of talent on show.

Seneschalstown started brightly and after a number of attacks had broken down Donal Commons opened the scoring with a well taken point from play after good work from Will Finnegan, Cillian Lawlor and Woodley Nicholson. This was followed by two more scored from Donal from frees leaving the score at 3ppoints to no score, but Drumconrath/Meath Hill then found their scoring boots and replied with two points of their own. The game was played at frantic pace and Aaron Traynor and Kit Waddington then got on the score board with good points from play before the combination side scored their first goal after a mix up in the Seneschalstown defence right on the stroke of half time.

HT score: Drumconrath/Meath Hill 1–07 Seneschalstown 0-08

Seneschalstown again opened brightly in the second half with early scores again from Donal Commons and Aaron Traynor and then Ben Kearney scored a peach of a goal when breaking from the half way line and getting on the end of a move involving Liam Maguire, Oisín McEvoy and Conor McDonnell, before slotting the ball to the net with a left foot shot.

This should have been the point where Seneschalstown took control of the game but instead Drumconrath/Meath Hill rallied with points of their own and Cathal Darby was called into action to make two great saves and leaving 4 points in it with time up when they were awarded a penalty, which Darby had no chance of saving before the ref blew the final whistle.

The Seneschalstown knew they were going to have to battle to get a result in this one from a good Drumconrath/Meath Hill side but battle they did and were delighted to come away with a one-point win.

Seneschalstown: Cathal Darby, David Johnson, Zach Sheridan, Dylan Geraghty, Conor McDonnell, Will Finegan (0-01), Owen Mullen, Cillian Lawlor, Woodley Nicholson, Oisín McEvoy, Kit Waddington (0-02), Ben Kearney (1-01), Aaron Traynor (0-02), Donal Commons (0-08), Liam Maguire.

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