Shay Murtagh Senior Championship:
St Loman’s Mullingar 3.12 Athlone 0.09
St Loman’s continued their excellent start to this year’s Senior Championship with a third successive win in TEG Cusack Park last Saturday evening against Athlone. Athlone started the better of the two in the opening stages however and the Shannon-siders registered two early points with Josh Beaumont among the scorers. The Blues then got off the mark in spectacular style, Fola Ayorinde went on a blistering run and smashed the ball past Conal Sheeran in the Athlone net in what was a truly brilliant individual goal. Athlone responded well however with two consecutive points to give them a slender advantage.
The Saints then found their rhythm mid-way through the opening half. First John Heslin kicked a majestic point off the left to open his account for the evening. Conradh Reilly put the Blues after he pointed from a wonderful cross-field pass from Sam McCartan. Paul Whelehan’s excellent point extended the advantage for the Mullingar Men, before a marvellous point from the outside of John Heslin’s boot put Loman’s three points ahead. Ronan O’Toole then showed tremendous footwork to register his first score of the night, before he doubled his tally moments later. This superb spell gave the Blues a five point lead heading towards the interval. Both sides then traded scores with Heslin on target for the Saints to make the score line 1-07 to 0-05 going into the break.
Once more Athlone started the half the brighter with two early points which put the Shannon-siders within a goal of the Mullingar men. However from the resulting Kick out Jason Daly found Heslin who plucked the ball out of the sky, the Heslin laid it off to David Whelan who showed blistering pace and the wing-back found TJ Cox who finished into the corner of the net for his customary Championship goal. Athlone responded with a point before the Blues replied with two more points from the magnificent Heslin. In truth there was only one winner at this stage. TJ Cox pointed to increase his tally and David Winsdor got on the scoresheet with a well-executed point afterwards. A fantastic Point from Ronan O’Toole off his left boot gave the Saints a bigger cushion. Finally Heslin rounded off a wonderful performance with a wonderful individual goal, Heslin received the ball from Tristan Graham and slipped his way through the Athlone defence before stroking the ball into the net. Athlone had the last word with a late point but it was a mere consolation as The Saints ran out twelve point winners.
The headlines will go to the forwards with John Heslin putting in a man of the match performance and TJ Cox putting in yet another impressive performance. However credit must go the Blues defenders, after conceding four points in the first ten minutes, they only conceded five points for the remainder of the match. Individual praise could be given to all six backs but in particular Paddy Dowdall was fantastic and thwarted several opposition attacks, Dowdall refuses to age and continues to perform brilliantly week in, week out. Lastly a special mention Darragh O’Keefe and Sean Kelly held the fort superbly in the full-back line and kept their first clean sheet of the Championship season.
This win guarantees St Loman’s a minimum of a quarter final spot. However next week the Blues face the old enemy Mullingar Shamrocks in TEG Cusack Park with date and time to be confirmed. The Saints will be looking to continue their blistering start to the 2019 Championship and maintain their one hundred percent record.
Team; Jason Daly, Sean Kelly, Darragh O’Keefe, Paddy Dowdall, David Whelan, Kelvin Reilly, Tristan Graham, John Heslin (1.05), David Winsdor (0.01), Sam McCartan, Paul Whelehan (0.01), Ronan O’Toole (0.03), Fola Ayorinde (1.00), Conradh Reily(0.01), Tj Cox (1.01). Subs used; Stephen Gallagher, Conor O’Donoghue, Sean Lancaster.
Clarke’s Bar Junior Championship:
St Loman’s Mullingar 2.14 The Downs 1.15
Well done to our junior team who were victorious in the Downs this morning after a crucial two point win. At one stage the lads were 6 points down but goals in the closing stages from Rory Sheahan narrowed the margin. The hero of the day however was Dano Fitzsimons! A goalkeeper by trade, his superb finish into the Downs net at the death was enough to secure a vital two points for the blues.
Tubberclair 2-17 St Loman’s 4-8
St Loman’s minors lost .Yesterday evening to hosts Tubberclair after a pulsating 60 minutes of football.
A well prepared home team got off to a great start over-running the visitors and quickly knocking up 7 points to no score. When their full forward scored a good individual goal, a drubbing looked on the cards.
Our boys finally found their rhythm and with Ricardo Lingi, Jack Geoghegan and Cian Cleary charging into the Tubberclair half forward line and Hugh Mulhern bossing the home full forward, Conor Regan was put through to strike for 2 quick goals. Game on!! Tubberclair and St Lomans exchanged points to leave the score 1-12 to 2-4 at half time.
Substitute Danny McCartan scored a point with his first touch and when Conor Regan scored his third goal, the teams were level. Tubberclair were rattled and missed a couple of scoreable chances. But a close range goal from the corner forward steadied the ship and 4 quick points put them 7 points clear.
With time nearly up a point from a St Lomans free was followed by a wonderful goal from full back, Daire Smyth. Only seconds left and 3 points in it. Cian Daly lobbed in the last free of the game into the penalty box but a Tubberclair hand grabbed the ball and the game was up.
A great comeback effort from our lads that just fell short - they gave everything right up until the final whistle from the referee
Under 16 Championship:
St Loman’s Mullingar 0.08 Shandonagh 1.07
St Lomans under 16’s travelled to Shandonagh this evening for their round 3 Championship game.
The blues conceded a goal after 30 seconds and although they outscored their opponents 8 pts to 7 for the remainder of the game, they never seemed to recover on an evening when nothing seemed to go right. Although the lads worked hard and never gave up, in the end they came out second best to Shandonagh on a score line of 1-7 to 8pts.
Next up is Lilliput Gaels.
Draw Date: Thursday August 1st
This Week’s Jackpot: €9500
No Jackpot Winner!
Numbers drawn: 4, 12, 20, 25.
€50 Consolation Prize winners each are as follows:
1. Paul Martin
2. Eddie Gilligan
3. Adrian Murphy
4. Sean Quinn
Next draw: Thursday 8th August
Next Week’s Jackpot: €9600.
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