SFC: Na Fianna into quarters as Simonstown ousted

September 02, 2013

Simonstown's Padraig McKeever is well bottled up by na Fianna's Christy Cosgrove and Michael Foley during the hoganstand.com Meath SFC game at Lomans Park Trim
Na Fianna 5-13
Simonstown 1-15

Na Fianna earned a quarter final place in the SFC in their first year in the grade with a comprehensive win over Simonstown on Sunday in Trim which earned them first place in group C.

Playing with a strong first half wind, Na Fianna took full advantage and scored an early goal with midfielder Jamie Queeney on target. Conor Downey was impressive throughout and he helped himself to two goals while Dalton McDonagh also found the net. Dean Henrick, Shane Barrett, Queeney and McDonagh also added points as Na Fianna earned themselves to a 4-08 to 0-5 lead at half time.

Simonstown came out fighting in the second half and dominated the opening minutes, reeling off five unanswered points, but once Na Fianna found their rhythm again, the lead proved too much for the Navan side to claw back despite a late goal by Shane O'Rourke.

Shane Barrett and Dean Barrett added excellent points and when Henrick found the net in the dying minutes it put the seal on a fine win and guaranteed quarter final place.

Na Fianna - Shane Geraghty, John Baldwin, Christy Cosgrave, Diarmuid Bailey, Michael Farley, Michael Foley, Dean Henrick (1-01), Ollie Lewis, Jamie Queeney (1-03), Brian Queeney, Dean Barrett (0-1), Conor Downey (2-0), Shane Barrett (0-5), Tommy Cosgrave, Dalton McDonagh (1-03). Sub: Daniel Queeney for B Queeney

Simonstown - Robbie Burlingham; Niall McMahon, Eanna Donoghue, Stephen O'Reilly; Mark Gardiner, Shane O'Rourke, Ciaran Kenny; Seamus Kenny, Conor Sheridan; Joe Lyons, Padraig McKeever, Shane Barry; Sean Tobin, Mark McCabe, Stephen Moran. Subs: Declan Gaffney for O'Reilly, Niall O'Mahony for Barry, Colin Wickham for McCabe, Wayne McCarthy for Moran, Shane McGivney for Ciaran Kenny.

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