Navan O'Mahonys 2-16 Longwood/Killyon 1-10
Holders Navan O’Mahony’s proved too strong for the combination of Longwood/Killyon in this quarter final in Boardsmill. Captain Dermot McKenna led by example in a strong back line which made the opposition fight hard to earn anything they scored.
Longwood/Killyon got off to a dream start, finding the net in the opening attack. The Navan side weren’t phased however and responded quickly with points from Paddy Dillon and Sean Smyth. Longwood/Killyon responded with two points of their own before Andrew Kenny split the posts. A peach of a point from Conor Cullen in lár na páirce left a single score between the teams and this was the pattern for much of the second half with Longwood/Killyon just keeping their noses in front. Points from Dermot McKenna, minor captain Cormac Keyes and Gerard Dillon kept the scoreboard ticking over O’Mahony’s but it wasn’t until the 25th minute that a well taken McKenna free levelled the sides.
Shortly after this, Conor Fitzpatrick put the town side in front for the first time before dropping the ball in to full forward Andrew Kenny who volleyed to beat the keeper. A free from Paddy Dillon ensured that O’Mahony’s had a four point lead at the break – 1-09 to 1-05.
Longwood/Killyon opened the scoring in the second half but O’Mahony’s never lost control of the game. Ben McEntagart fought hard to win a ball on his own 45 and cleared down the wing, leading to a free converted by Paddy Dillon. Longwood/Killyon never gave up and scored two points before McKenna hit a long range free straight over the black spot to leave six points in the difference. Three minutes into injury time, substitute Jack Flynn scored the final score of the game when he put the ball into the Longwood/Killyon net.
Navan O'Mahonys: Marcus McDonagh, Mike O’Reilly, Ben McEntagart, Niall McGrane, Dermot McKenna, Sean Smyth, Conor Cullen, Cormac Keyes, Gerard Dillon, Conor Fitzpatrick, Stefan Dinneen, Andrew Kenny, Paddy Dillon. Subs: Paul Cunningham for Kenny, Liam Murphy for Dinneen, Jack Flynn for Fitzpatrick and Sean Walsh for Dillon