HS football team of the week

October 04, 2018

Plenty of style at the IFC final

Dunboyne and Summerhill will contest the senior football championship final as Simonstown's bid for a three in a row came to an end. Longwood ended a 76 year wait for an Intermediate football title while there was also silverware for Dunboyne and Na Fianna.

Here's our Best XV from an action packed weekend...

1 Johnny O'Connor (Dunboyne)

Produced an outstanding save towards the end of the junior decider to deny St. Vincents a certain victory.

2 Iarla Hughes (Summerhill)

Tasked with marking Ashbourne danger man Dylan Brady and held the corner forward to a point. Senior football and hurling county finals to look forward to for the young defender.

3 Chris Lynch (Longwood)

Came out on top in his battle with Ballinlough ball winner Simon Deevey which limited the reds to few chances in front of goal during the Intermediate final.

4 John Lavelle (Summerhill)

Outstanding in his defensive duties, never wasted possession and his drives at the heart of the Moores defence gave them untold problems.

5 Eoin Lynch (Longwood)

In the running for man of the match. Cool under pressure and like the rest of his 'Wood' team mates produced a massive shift to see off Ballinlough and take home the Mattie McDonnell Cup.

6 Gavin McCoy (Dunboyne)

Has all the attributes of a county centre half. Many of the Simonstown attacks floundered upon the talented number 6.

7 Johnny Reilly (Ballinlough)

The one player that stood out on a very disappointing day for the 2014 IFC winners. The half back got forward on numerous occasions and scored two fine points

8 Mickey Burke (Longwood)

Every good orchestra needs a great conductor. The county man ran the show as Longwood bridged that 76 year gap at Pairc Tailteann.

9 Ollie Lewis (Na Fianna)

Rolled back the years with a man of the match display. Scored 1-4 from play along with his customary outstanding high fielding during the Junior B final.

10 Kevin Ryan (Summerhill)

The perfect link between defence and attack. Pace to burn and chipped in with two fine points against Donaghmore Ashbourne.

11 Ryan Moore (Longwood)

Produced the goods when Longwood really needed them. Unerring from free kicks and top scored with seven points.

12 Ronan Jones (Dunboyne)

Showed just what the county set up is missing. Worked his socks off around the middle sector and was involved in numerous St Peters scores as Simonstown were put to the sword.

13 Donal Lenihan (Dunboyne)

Scored seven points and his free running did untold damage to three in a row chasing Simonstown. One of this first half points was well worth the admittance fee.

14 Barry Dardis (Summerhill)

Gave an exhibition on the edge of the square. First to the ball all the time and hit an impressive 2-6 as the Hill marched back to the final.

15 Steven Moran (Dunboyne)

Turned the Junior final back in Dunboyne's favour when introduced as a second half substitute. Chipped in with a goal and two.

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