Dunboyne 2-15 (21)
This fixture lived up to the high expectations this morning with high scoring and sensational play throughout from both sides. Both teams were missing their regular starters due to Inter-county commitments and other various reasons. Simonstown started brightest and it was the O’Brien brothers who opened up the scoring for the Gaels. Nathan and Nicky exchanged well throughout the game and were dangerous through out the contest. Dunboyne responded with scores from the irrepressible ‘Robbie McCarthy’. Michael Gavin answered back with a lung bursting run from deep in the Simonstown half and he finished it off with a superb point from a tight angle. Andy Kearney entered the fray on the 21st minute and he would play an integral part in Simonstown’s fighback. The Gaels ended the half on the back foot with Dunboyne scoring 3 unanswered points. This left the scoreline Simonstown 0-6 Dunboyne 0-9.
Dunboyne began the second half very well and extended their lead with a goal from play and they added to this with a point from play moments later. After 37 minutes of play the Gaels found themselves 7 points down and they looked devoid of ideas. However the Navan men showed great spirit and resilience and scores from Brian McGrath, Nicky O’Brien and Ben Hoey narrowed the gap between the two sides. Simonstown added to these scores through Nathan O’Brien, Andy Kearney and Shane Barry. The North side blues were now level and with 15 minutes remaining in the first half the game was finely balanced. The 2 points looked destined to go to Dunboyne especially when they scored a goal in injury time. Nonetheless the Gaels never gave up and James Heaney’s point made it a 3 point game in the final miniutes. Brían Conlon took the bull by the horns and made a powerful run through the Dunboyne full back line. He passed it to Ben Hoey who laid it off to Shane Barry. Barry rounded the keeper and rattled the net. This proved to be the final moments of the game. Full Time Score : Simonstown 2-15 Dunboyne 2-15
Robbie Burlingham, Mark Gardiner, Stephen Moran, Dean Curran, Brian McGrath (0-1), Brían Conlon, Michael Gavin (0-1), Mark McCabe, James Heaney (0-1), Nicky o’Brien (0-2), Ben Hoey (0-1), Shane Barry(1-1), Chris O’Neill, Andy Kearney (0-7 2f), Nathan O’Brien (1-2)
Subs - Eoghan Gough for Chris O’Neill and Seamus Kenny for Eoghan Gough.