Despite getting off to a flying start with two goals from the clinical Mark Rennicks, a third from David McKeever and a point from Matthew Barry, Simonstown struggled to get to grips with a hard working Donaghmore/Ashbourne team for the rest of the first period. The home team quickly asserted as the half progressed and led by 4-6 to 3-1 at the interval.
Having lost Cian Caldwell and Seán Mills to injury early on, Cathal Lyons, Senan Campbell and Daragh Dooner did their best to steady the Simonstown defence.
Again, the Navan side started brightly in the second half with a quick Matthew Barry goal and points from Tommy Dowdall and McKeever. However, the home side replied two goals of their own. The Gaels finished strongly with two goals from Dowdall, one from Cian Cantwell and a further point from Rennicks. But it turned out to be too little too late.
Best for Simonstown were Ciarán Dawson, Rennicks, Dooner, McKeever and Mark Tallon who impressed when introduced.
Simonstown Team: T Cepaitis, P Heaney, C Lyons, S Mills, C Caldwell, D Dooner, S Campbell, D McKeever (1-1), T Dowdall (2-1) C Dawson, C Cantwell (1-0), T McCabe, M Rennicks (2-1), M Barry (1-1), B Mulligan. Subs: K Aukstakis for Caldwell, D Larkin for Mills, M Tallon for Larkin