Under 19 Football Championship Group A Round 2
Seneschalstown 1-05 St. Peter’s, Dunboyne 0-10
Seneschalstown opened their Under 19 Football Championship campaign with a two point defeat to St. Peter’s, Dunboyne on Friday night. With all first round games postponed the previous weekend due to the horrendous weather conditions both sides were hoping to make up for lost time and pick up an important win.
It was the visitors who struck first when they pointed after two minutes, but it was a tight opening quarter. After a number of early misses, the home side finally equalised when Cian Commons found the target from an advanced mark, before Seneschalstown hit the front for what proved to be the only time in the game when Jack Owens managed to arc the ball between the uprights with a shot a tight angle.
That was as good as it got for Seneschalstown in the opening half as they failed to trouble the scoreboard again with Dunboyne kicking five points unanswered in the second quarter with John Harkin clinically punishing some robust Seneschalstown tackling from dead balls, including one quite remarkable effort from over near the sideline.
Despite the lacklustre first half, Seneschalstown had the best possible start to the second half inside two minutes. Cian Commons made space for himself to get a shot away on goal which was thwarted by the Dunboyne keeper, but the ball broke to Eamon Finnegan who was on hand to toe poke the ball to the net and reduce the margin to two points.
Dunboyne steadied themselves with another score moments later but it looked like Seneschalstown were gathering momentum with two points in the 35th minute. Firstly, Commons kicked a free after Sam Kirwan was fouled. Jack Owens then came up with an old fashioned punt over the bar for his second point of the hour to leave the minimum between the teams.
However, scores dried up again for the home side and while Dunboyne didn’t fare much better in the scoring stakes they did add two scores to Seneschalstown’s one for the remainder of the game which came from a close range Robbie Finnegan free. Seneschalstown could not muster up a goal chance which would see them claim the spoils late on and must now pick themselves for an away game against St. Colmcille’s next week.
Seneschalstown: Luke Healy, Liam Dillon, Óran Lawlor, Seán Reilly, Cormac Carolan, Ryan Finnegan, Danny Waters, Darren O’Brien, Tom McDonnell, Cian Commons (0-02, 1m, 1f), Robbie Finnegan (0-01) , Joe Norris, Éamon Finnegan (1-00), Jack Owens (0-02), Sam Kirwan.
Subs Used: Jack McDonnell, Alex Finnegan, Charles McCarthy