YOUNG IRELANDS 1-10
NH FIONNBARRA 1-8
Young Irelands preserved their Intermediate Championship status after coming through a play-off against Nh Fionnbarra at Haggardstown on Saturday evening.
The Dundalk side who enjoyed a memorable 12 months in which they won the Louth and Leinster Junior titles, were in danger of returning to that grade but after a tense battle just edged home.
It was a disappointing outcome for the Barrs who battled throughout the game but in the end just came up short and as a result will return to the junior ranks after four years at Intermediate level.
The Ballygassan side made an impressive opening and build up an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead. By the time the half time whistle sounded they were leading by 0-6 to 0-4 with the points coming from Hugh Osborne, Darren McConnon, Padraig Butterly, Adam Hanratty and William Woods (2).
The Dundalk men made a better start to the second half and a goal from Dean Maguire had them in a strong position and with about ten minutes to go were leading 1-10 to 0-7.
However, the Barrs weren’t finished and a goal from Padraig Butterly gave them hope. Chris McGlynn added a point but the Ballygassan men were unable to complete the comeback.
Derek Maguire, Cian O Naraigh, Jordan O’Donoghue and Peter McStravick all contributed important points on the night for Young Irelands.
YOUNG IRELANDS: Fergal Sheekey; Stephen Bellew, Ciaran Murray, Peter McCourt; Peter Nixon, Derek Maguire 0-3, Cian O Naraigh 0-2; Sean McLoughlin, Derek Rogers; Dean Maguire 1-1, Dermot Mone 0-1, Peter McStravick 0-1; Jordan O’Donoghue 0-2, Mark Savage, Cian O’Donoghue. Subs: Aidan Sheekey for D Rogers, Kevin Keelan for P McStravick.
NH FIONNBARRA: Matthew O'Reilly; Hugh McGrane, Chris McGlynn 0-1, Kalem Regan; Bryan Sharkey, Hugh Osborne 0-1, Nicholas Butterly; John Doyle, Adam Hanratty 0-1; Ciaran Markey, Conor Osborne, Mairtin Murphy; William Woods 0-2, Darren McConnon 0-1, Padraig Butterly 1-2. Subs: Padraic Murphy for Darren McConnon, Thomas McCreesh for Adam Hanratty.Tweet