Nobber 3-14 St Ultans 2-10
Relishing their underdogs tag Nobber put in a very satisfactory performance to over come St Ultans in this second round match at a well appointed Kilmainham.
Stephen O'Brien opened the scoring for Nobber in the second minute which was countered by the Ultans in the third,but that was as good as it got for them as Nobber playing fast attractive open football dominated the remainder of the half with superb scores from Darren Lambe 1-1, Jordan Morris 0-3, Dale Larkin 0-3 and a point each from Brian and Sean Meade, Jack Condra and Fiachra McEntee plus a tremendous save from Dary Hutchinson to deny the Ultans a certain goal as Nobber went in at the break with a deserved 1-12 to 0-4 lead at the break.
Nobber put the result beyond doubt in the early stages of the second half hitting 2-1 in the opening 3 minutes through Dale Larkin 1-0, Thomas Murtagh 1-0 and Sean Meade 0-1 to extend their lead to 17 points.
St. Ultans never gave up and outscored Nobber in the remainder of the half. The winners finished the game with 13 men.
Nobber scorers: Dale Larkin 1-3, Darren Lambe 1-1, Jordan Morris and Sean Meade 0-3 each, Thomas Murtagh 1-0, Stephen O'Brien, Brian Meade, Jack Condra and Fiachra McEntee 0-1 each.
Nobber: D Hutchinson, S O Brien, E Fagan, B Cassidy, B Heffernan, P Meade, N Farrell, J Condra,T Murtagh, D Larkin, B Meade, J Morris, S Meade, F McEntee, D Lambe. Subs: Aidan Shields for Lambe, Lambe for Heffernan
St Ultans 2-10 Nobber 3-14
St Ultans were defeated by a strong Nobber side on Saturday evening in Kilmainham. A slow start again left St Ultans with it all to do but despite a brave fight back Nobber held on for a comfortable win. Nobber registered the first score with a fisted effort which was quickly cancelled out by Cian Rennicks after Breslin won the ball. Nobber scored seven in a row before Rennicks split the posts again. Ultans missed some scoring chances at this stage but Nobber were clinical in front of goal and were rewarded with the opening goal after a great team move. Further points were added by Rennicks and Breslin but Nobber went to the dressing rooms far the happier at half time leading 1-12 to 4 points.
Any hopes of Ultans comeback ended in the first 3 minutes of the second half where Nobber scored 2-1 with a fisted goal and an excellent shot to the top corner of the net. Ultans to their credit kept working hard and two frees from Eoin Kavanagh on his first championship start narrowed the gap. Nobber replied with a point from play and this was to be their last score of the game. Nobber had two red cards after players on yellows received blacks cards and Ultans fought back but the clock are scoreboard were against them. Goals from Rennicks and Breslin along with a brace of points from Darren Kavanagh, a free from Eoin Kavanagh and a point from Darren Costello narrowed the gap but ultimately Nobber ran out comfortable winners.
Next up for St Ultans is are Kilmainham in the A League on Sunday and Cortown in B League Saturday evening.
St Ultan's - Cian Farnan; Declan Ball, Jason Bennett, Luke O'Reilly; Martin Dolan, Darren Costello (0-1), Darren Mallon; Declan Galligan, Mark Allen; Emmet Costello, Cian Rennicks (1-3), Darren Kavanagh (0-2); Eoin Kavanagh (0-3 3f's), Greg McKeever, Ronan Breslin (1-1).
Subs Used Sean Herward.
Ref Richard Morris