Rathkenny produced a good performance in tough conditions to overcome Moynalvey in this Senior Championship Round 5 game played last Sunday evening, August 23rd in Walterstown.
Rathkenny 2-10 Moynalvey 1-04
Rathkenny opened the scoring through Owen Elliott on five minutes. Elliott extended the gap on seven minutes with another point. Brian Lenehan added Rathkennys third score of the half with a free on 23 minutes before Caolach Halligan put over another free a minute later to extend the Rathkenny lead to four.
Moynalvey sent over their only first half score through James Weldon on 27 minutes.Rathkenny began the second half with an Ivan Lenehan point on 33 minutes. David McLoughlin added Moynalvey's' second point of the evening on 35 minutes. Brian Lenehan pointed a 37th minute free which was quickly cancelled out by a James O'Neill effort a minute later.
Rathkenny then got a goal though sub Sean Mongey on 42 minutes as he latched on to a Brian Lenehan centre. Jack Gore sent over within a minute and Rathkenny were seven points to the good at the three quarter stage. Brian Lenehan added his third free of the evening on forty minutes, before Owen Elliot sent over from play on 42 minutes.
Thomas Martin quickly added a point from play as Rathkenny dominated possession. Caolach Halligan netted Rathkennys final score of the evening after a good Thomas Martin pass as we reached the 55th minute. Moynalvey got some reward for their evenings work as they registered 1-1 in the final three minutes through a pointed free from David McLoughlin and a goal from half forward Shane Lenehan.
Rathkenny will now face St Patrick's Stamullen and Walterstown in the Relegation play offs.
Rathkenny - A. Finney; Joe Gore, R. Garry, N. Brannigan; T. McGuinness, D. Keogan, R. Gore; B. Meade, J. Macken; I. Lenehan (0-1), O. Elliott (0-3), C. Halligan (1-1); Jack Gore (0-1), T. Martin (0-1), B. Lenehan (0-3)
Sub - S. Mongey (1-0) for I. Lenehan
Rathkenny overcame Moynalvey with ease in this Group A final round tie of the 2015 Hoganstand.com Senior Football Championship on a 2-10 to 1-4 score line at Walterstown on Sunday evening August 23rd.
Moynalvey 1-4 Rathkenny 2-10
Already condemned to the relegation series of the Senior Championship Rathkenny deservedly picked up the two points on offer in this final round group A game on Sunday evening played in atrocious wet conditions.
Despite this loss to Rathkenny, Moynalvey's involvement in this year's Senior Football Championship would have been ended even if the win was attained, as other results within the group would have ruled Moynalvey out from progression to the knock out stages of the championship anyway.
Rathkenny had built up a four point lead by the time Moynalvey registered their first score in the 27th minute when James Weldon pointed leaving the half time score 0-4 to 0-1.
The deficit between the sides remained at three, 0-6 to 0-3, 10 minutes after the restart with the Moynalvey points coming from David McLoughlin and substitute James O'Neill. Moynalvey would have to wait until the 28th minute of the half for their next score, a free from David McLoughlin, as their opponents hit 2-4 without reply to lead 2-10 to 0-4. A late goal from Moynalvey's Shane Lenehan was mere consolation as Des Lane's charges ran out 2-10 to 1-4 winners to pick up their first win.
Moynalvey: Paul Conneely, Cathal McCabe, Robert Lawless, Darren Brennan, Brian Harnan, Padraic Harnan, Fearghal McCabe, Donal smith, Stephen Donoghue, Shane Lenehan (1-0), Anthony Forde, James Weldon (0-1), David McLoughlin (0-2, 2f), William Harnan, David Donoghue.
Subs: Daniel Treacy for Forde, James O'Neill (0-1) for D. Donoghue, John Donoghue for Smith, Eamonn Walsh for McCabe.