Gaeil Colmcille 1-11 Moynalvey 0-13
Gaeil Colmcille met Moynalvey in a repeat of the 2011 Intermediate Final where Moynalvey emerged victorious.
Gaeil Colmcille got the opening score of the game when Oisin Reilly broke through the Moynalvey defence to slot over the point after two minutes. From there Moynalvey would take over hitting six unanswered points in a six minute spell. Kells weathered the storm and Moynalvey would go scoreless for the next 22 minutes while Kells got to within 3 points thanks to Seamus Mattimoe and a second point from the hard working Reilly. In 5 mins of first half injury time Moynalvey tagged on two extra points while Mattimoe kept Kells in the game with a point on the stroke of half time leaving Moynalvey ahead 0-08 to 0-04 at the break.
Lar Wall and his selectors were happy to get his team in at half time and whatever was said worked as Gaeil Colmcille came out guns blazing, Brian Hanlon's excellently hit left footed point, followed by what was the turning point of the game when Ryan Farnham popped up with another senior championship goal to leave the sides level on 1-05 to 0-08. Kells were in the driving seat and pushed two points clear thanks to Hanlon and captain Martin Barrett fisting over on 37 minutes.
Moynalvey regrouped and hit three scores in a row to put them one point ahead with 15 minutes to go before two quick points from Farnham and a super score from substitute Fionn Ferguson left Kells ahead by the minimum. Moynalvey would draw level and with the game going into injury time, Kells fullback, Barry Smith found himself up in he forward line and when the ball landed in his hands Smith hit the cleanest of strikes, and as the ball sailed over the bar Kells got the vital point to see them into their third semi-final in a row.
Moynalvey did push for an equaliser but only for Justin Carry-Lynch to deny them in injury time with a top class save and Kells would hold on for the win.
Gaeil Colmcille: J Carry-Lynch, C Ferguson, B Smith (0-01), J Muldoon, B Tormay, J Quigley, J Reilly, L Ferguson, C Keegan, S Mattimoe (0-02), S Curran, F Reilly, O Reilly (0-02), B Hanlon (0-02), M Barrett (0-01). Subs R Farnham (1-02), F Ferguson (0-01), P Tormay, S Reddy, M Foley.
Moynalvey bowed out of the race for Senior Championship honours at the quarter final stage with a one point defeat at the hands of Gaeil Colmcille at Trim on Sunday afternoon September 24th.
Gaeil Colmcille 1-11 Moynalvey 0-13
The last time these sides met in championship fare it was Moynalvey who came out on top in the Intermediate decider exactly six years ago to the day. However it was the Kells men who narrowly came out on top in this contest to dump Moynalvey out of this year's Senior Championship race and send themselves through to a semi-final spot for the third year running.
Having dominated proceedings in the opening half Moynalvey went in at half time with a four point advantage which should have been more only for some wayward shooting. The Kells men had the better of the second half, outscoring Moynalvey 1-9 to 0-5.
Moynalvey stormed into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead after just 10 minutes with points from five different scorers, Cillian O'Sullivan (2), David McLoughlin, Stephen Donoghue, John Donoghue and Anthony Forde; with Oisin Reilly accounting for Gaeil Comcille's point.
With three minutes of the half remaining Gaeil Colmcille had reduced the margin between the sides to three, 0-6 to 0-3, with a Seamus Mattimoe free and a second from Oisin Reilly. David McLoughlin and Adam Murphy pointed for Moynalvey to leave it 0-8 to 0-3 after 33 minutes. Deep into injury time Mattimoe pointed his second, this one from play to leave the half time score reading 0-8 to 0-4 in favour of Darren Fay's men.
Lar Wall's half time team talk obviously had the desired effect as the Kells men got off to the perfect start to the second half hitting 1-1 within the first three minutes, the goal coming from substitute Ryan Farnham and the point from Brian Hanlon. In a thirty second space within the 7th minute of the half a brace of points saw Gael Colmcille take the lead for the first time making it 1-3 without reply since half time to take a 1-7 to 0-8 lead.
Points from David Mcloughlin and Stephen Donoghue left it all square for a second time after 43 minutes. A Mcloughlin point saw Moynalvey regain the lead momentarily but the Kells men had it level again two minutes later to leave it 0-11 to 1-8 at the three quarter hour mark.
The sides proved inseparable in the final quarter until full back Barry Smith popped up to send over what would prove to be the winning point in the 59th minute. A couple of late Moynalvey goal chances went a begging and Gaeil Colmcille held out for the one point win on a 1-11 to 0-13 score line to send them through to a semi-final against either Summerhill or Navan O'Mahony's.
Moynalvey: Ray Ryan, Conor Harnan, Robert Lawless, Darren Brennan, Anthony Forde (0-1), Padraic Harnan, Daniel Treacy, Donal Smith, Stephen Donoghue (0-2), Cathal McCabe, John Donoghue (0-1), Brian O'Reilly, David McLoughlin (0-5), Cillian O'Sulivan (0-2, 1f), Adam Murphy (0-1).
Subs used: Mark O'Sullivan (0-1) for McCabe, Shane Lenehan for C. Harnan, James Kelly for J. Donoghue, Eamon Walsh for Smith.