FL Div 2: No joy for much improved St. Michaels

May 23, 2019

St Michael's Oran Meehan with Eoin Woods St. Colmcilles during the FL Division 2 clash in Carlanstown.

St. Michaels 0-12, St. Colmcilles 0-13      

St. Michaels left everything they had on the field in this pulsating clash of the “Saints” in Carlanstown on Wednesday evening and while it wasn't enough to snatch victory it was a vastly improved performance from their last outing in Carnaross on Sunday afternoon.

The 'Cilles made a great start with two points in the opening three minutes however Oran Meehan and Ciaran Lynch quickly followed with a point apiece to level matters for the first time. In an evenly balanced game both sides traded another brace before the end of the first quarter. St. Colmcilles then added what was to be their final score of the half on 18 minutes and St. Michaels took full control of the second quarter as Meehan (1), Lynch (2) and Lee Morris (1) all split the posts for an 0-8 to 0-5 interval lead which should have been greater had two goal chances been taken.

St. Colmcilles hit the ground running on the re-start adding five points in the opening 7 minutes, Ciaran Lynch settled matters for the home side with two points (1 free) to draw level at the end of the third quarter. The 'Cilles went ahead again only for Lynch to level once more from a placed ball. The visitors posted two more points from play to go two ahead with 6 minutes remaining, another Lynch point reduced the deficit to the minimum with two minutes plus injury time on the clock and although got another chance to draw level did arise for the home side, it just didn't come to fruition.

St. Michaels: Darren O'Connell; Christopher Drew, Sam Briody, Ben Reilly; Ray Reilly, Mark Stafford, Ciaran O'Reilly; Paddy Clarke, Davy Lynch; Kevin Cassidy, Shane McDonnell, Lee Morris (0-1); Oran Meehan (0-3, 2f), Ben Tobin, Ciaran Lynch (0-8, 4f).

Subs: Paddy Callaghan for D. Lynch injured 33 minutes, Daithí O'Reilly for B. Tobin 50 minutes.                        

Referee: Paul Mooney.  

Report and photo: Pascal Reilly PRO.                              

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