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Meath U-14 Roinn B Shield Semi-Final
Rathkenny 3-05 Seneschalstown 4-19
A place in the U-14 Roinn B Shield Final against Simonstown Gaels was secured for Seneschalstown on Thursday evening following an easier than expected victory away to Rathkenny. Due to a number of factors the hosts were forced to field a very much understrength side with plenty of U-12’s making the step up.
From a Seneschalstown point of view the fact that the game was played with twelve players per team left them with a number of substitutes and they made liberal use of these as players were continually run in and out over the course of the match.
It didn’t take Seneschalstown long to get the scoring underway when Donal Commons struck for goal inside a minute and by the ninth minute they had opened up a commanding twelve point lead courtesy of a goal and two points from Liam Maguire, a goal and a point from Donal Commons as well as a Woodley Nicholson goal. Rathkenny got up and running in the eleventh minute and kicked a second point three minutes later but Seneschalstown took over again with Commons kicking three points while Cian Rooney and Jack Freyne picked off one apiece.
To their credit Rathkenny kept plugging away and on the run in towards half time they reeled off a goal and two points while Seneschalstown mustered a solitary Liam Maguire point in response to leave nine points between the sides.
When play resumed the home side kicked two early points, with a very rarely seen Cillian Lawlor goal splitting them. The fresher legs of Seneschalstown then came to the fore to an even greater degree and they took a firm control on proceedings from here to the finish as they kicked a series of impressive scores through the boots of Kit Waddington, Oisín (Brogy) McEvoy, Ben Coffey, Woodley Nicholson, Seanie Dalton, Aaron Traynor and Donal Commons with just a solitary Rathkenny goal coming at the opposite end of the pitch.
In the end it was a game which proved of little benefit to either side with the absence of key players proving far too much for Rathkenny to overcome while Seneschalstown now look towards their Final appearance against Simonstown Gaels on Friday August 26th in Dunganny.
Seneschalstown: Cathal Darby, Conor McDonnell, Ben Coffey (0-01), Dara Walsh, Cillian Lawlor (1-00), Owen Mullen, Donal Commons (1-05), Woodley Nicholson (1-01), Kit Waddington (0-04), Aaron Traynor (0-01), Seanie Dalton (0-01), Liam Maguire (1-03).
Seneschalstown Substitutes: Jack Freyne (0-01), Zac Sheridan, Cian Rooney (0-01), Dylan Geraghty, Oisín McEvoy (0-01) and Eoin Macken.