SFC: First win for Simonstown

May 29, 2015

Simonstown's Michael Brennan with Colm McElligott Blackhall Gaels during the hoganstand.com SFC game at Summerhill.

Simonstown Gaels got their first win in this years hoganstand.com Meath senior football championship with a nine points victory over Blackhall Gaels at Summerhill.

Simonstown 3-13 Blackhall Gaels 1-10

Padraig McKeever opened the scoring for the winners. Sean Whelan levelled for Blackhall before Simonstown enjoyed a purple patch. Sean Tobin sent over three points while McKeever and Michael Brennan also raised white flags to give Colm O'Rourkes charges a 0-6 to 0-1 lead.

With 10 minutes left in the opening half referee Cormac Reilly issued a black card to midfielder Shane O'Rourke. Whelan hit his 3rd point of the match but it was Simonstown who ended the half stronger. Brennan finished a high ball to the net and a minute later Sean Tobin got in for their second goal to give the Navan side a 2-7 to 0-4 interval lead.

Blackhall had that lead down to four points within five minutes of the re-start. Johnny Meyler struck for a goal and Whelan pointed a 45. Simonstown hit back with points from  Andrew Kearney (2) and Joe Lyons.

A game Blackhall replied with five unanswered scores, Whelan (3) Alan Nestor and Declan Dalton to narrow the gap to a goal, 2-10 to 1-10. But the winners held their nerve and three points from the impressive Kearney along with a chipped goal from Conor Sheridan sealed their first two points of the campaign.

Group C is now a fairly tight affair.After three matches Gaeil Colmcille, Dunshaughlin and Na Fianna share top spot with four points, Simonstown are on three points, Blackhall Gaels a point behind and Walterstown at the bottom on one point.

Hats off to the Summerhill club for producing a programme for the game.  

Simonstown Gaels: Mark McCabe, Michael O'Rourke, Ian O'Rourke, Brendan O'Donnell, Niall Kane 0-1, Niall McMahon, Brian Conlon, Shane O'Rourke, Conor Sheridan 1-0, Seamus Kenny, Padraig McKeever 0-2, Joe Lyons 0-1, Sean Tobin 1-3, Michael Brennan 1-1, Andrew Kearney 0-5.
Subs: Brian McGrath and Nathan O'Brien.

Blackhall Gaels: Thomas Dalton, Dan Carty, Colm McElligott, Tom Murphy, John P Kelly, Dan O'Neill, Alan Nestor 0-2, Paddy O'Brien, Donnacha Tobin, Stephen Morris, Mark Ferris, Sean Whelan 0-7, Dermot Carty, Johnny Meyler 1-0, Tadgh Brosnan.
Subs: Declan Dalton 0-1

Referee Cormac Reilly

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