Simonstown Gaels 2-11
Gaeil Colmcille 2-12
Ciaran Kenny’s first game in charge of Simonstown began today with a defeat. Simonstown were missing some key players due to the Meath and Roscomman game and were without Brian McGrath, Shane Barry and Micky Brennan. The Gaels however fielded a youthful team and this gave Mark Devlin, Michael Gavin and Seán Conlon an opportunity to receive some senior team experience.
There was a fierce wind throughout the game which caused havoc for both teams. Kells registered the first two scores of the game with Seamus Mattimoe scoring both. The blues responded with Ben Hoey scoring a point from a free and Conor Sheridan adding to the tally from play. Ben Hoey recorded another free and scored a beautiful point from play with his right foot. Nathan O’Brien registered his first goal of 2018 in the 23rd minute, his shot looped over the Gaeil Colmcille’s keeper. Nathan probably would have been content with the point but was delighted to see the green flag raised. Seanie Curran and Martin Barret scored for Kells which left the score Simonstown 1-5 Kells 0-5.
Kells quickly entered the scoresheet in the 2nd half. Quickfire points by Martin Barret, Seamie Mattimoe and Evan Sheridan meant the score was level for the first time since the 13th minute. Kells scored a crucial goal in the 51st minute. Confusion in the Simonstown defence resulted in a simple open goal for Fionn Ferguson, this meant Kells were three points to the good. Ben Hoey responded with a point from a free but Kells quickly added to their tally with another goal. Fionn Ferguson scored another goal and this left Simonstown six points down with 12 minutes remaining. Simonstown showed tremendous character and the introduction of young legs in the form of Michael Gavin and Seán Conlon gave the Gaels a much needed injection of pace. The Gaels ended the game very well with scores from play by Nathan O’Brien, Conor Sheridan and Mark Gardiner. Chris O’Neill, another substitute, scored a goal to level the game. Kells managed to score with the final attack of the game and this left no time for Simonstown to respond.
Next up is round 2 vs Wolfe Tones on Saturday night in Simonstown. Come out and support the lads. Best for Simonstown Ben Hoey, Stephen O’Reilly, Nathan O’Brien and Seán Conlon
Robert Burlingham, Mark Devlin, Stephen Moran, Stephen O’Reilly, Níal Kane, Niall McMahon, Mark Gardiner (0-1), Conor Sheridan (0-2), Roz O’Connor, Nicky O’Brien, James Kilcullen, Joe Lyons, Ben Hoey (0-6, )0-5 f), Eanna Donoughue, Nathan O’Brien (1-2)
Subs: Chris O’Neill (1-0) , Michael Gavin, Seán Conlon, Colin Wickham.