St Dominic’s earn another title shot

Callington Ltd IFC semi-final
St Dominic’s 1-12 Fuerty 1-9 

Fuerty and St. Dominic’s went toe to toe at Hyde Park on Saturday with a place in the Callington Ltd Intermediate Football Championship final at stake. It was St. Dominic’s who prevailed by a three-point margin, meaning they now have an opportunity to banish memories of narrow final defeats over the last two seasons.

On a bright (but breezy) afternoon in Dr. Hyde Park Darragh Mullen scored the opening point of the game after just 18 seconds, settling any early nerves there may have been in the Fuerty ranks. St. Dominic’s hit back with a point courtesy of full-forward Tommy Hurley. The Knockcroghery men then went two clear but Fuerty sharpshooter Niall Kilroy levelled the scores.

On 20 minutes, Fuerty lit up the game. Centre-back Eoin Ward drove at the heart of the Dominic’s defence before offloading to Aengus Lyons who rattled the back of Mark Miley’s net to give Fuerty a three-point advantage. St Dominic’s responded well but, boosted by that goal, Fuerty were very nicely placed leading 1-5 to 0-6 to at half-time.

As the game remained close, a key score in the second half came when St Dominic’s were awarded a penalty, which Darren Donnelly confidently converted, putting them right back in the game. Dominic’s were soon on top, adding a fine point from Kyran Dockery.

The Knockcroghery men might even have pulled away, but they failed to convert a couple of goal chances, Fuerty ‘keeper Joe Fallon tipping over a shot from Darren Donnelly. His opposite number Mark Miley somehow managed to keep the ball out of his net after Aengus Lyons’ palmed effort was on target.

Impact sub Conor Fallon kicked two brilliant points to put the game out of reach late on. In the end, the Fuerty men just fell short and St. Dominic’s deservedly advanced to the final in two weeks’ time.

St. Dominic’s: M. Miley; E. Connaughton, E. McCormack, M. Byrne; M. O’Malley, J. Lohan, B. O’Meara; K. Dockery (0-1), P. Fallon; T. Appleby, C. Kelly (0-1, free), K. Doyle (0-1); D. Donnelly (1-5, 4 frees, 1 pen), D. Keenan (0-1), T. Hurley (0-1). Subs: K. Feerick for T. Appleby (half-time), C. Fallon (0-2, 1 free) for K. Dockery (45 mins), J. O’Beirne for B. O’Meara (57 mins), D. Gately for E. Connaughton (61 mins).

Fuerty: J. Fallon; A. Whyte, T. Bannon, J. Brennan; P. Neilan (0-3), E. Ward, M. Ward; D. Mullen (0-1), E. Bannon; C. Lavin (0-1), B. McGahon, A. Lyons (1-1); C. Murray, N. Kilroy (0-2), J. McGahon. Subs: T. Lyons for J. McGahon (16 mins), D. Heavey for B. McGahon (45 mins), N. Keenan for C. Lavin (50 mins), C. Crehan (0-1 free) for D. Mullen (55 mins).

Referee: Brendan Healy.


Man of the Match  

Michéal Byrne (St. Dominic’s)