Simonstown Gaels 2-8 (14)
Wolfe Tones 1-9 (12)
Simonstown played this re-arranged first round fixture on firday night due to the tragic death of Anne (Ena) Tobin who sadly passed away last Saturday. This game was a particularly poignant moment for Séan Tobin who was Anne’s younger brother. Tobin’s performance encapsulated courage and he led from the outset. He played a pivitol role in the second goal of the match cuing up Mark ‘Crouchy’ McCabe for the winning goal.
The game began with 2 quick Ben Hoey scores and the Gaels appeared to be in the mood. However the Navan men conceded a penalty on the 7th minute which was duly converted by the Tones talisman ‘Cian Ward’. The Gaels responded quickly and David Gough awarded a Simonstown penaly only moments later when he adjudged a foul in the penalty area. Hoey stepped up but his effort was well saved by Brown. Nonetheless Hoey was quickest to respond and converted the rebound. Shane Barry widened the gap to 4 points after 14 minutes but this would be Simonstown’s last score of the half. Cian Ward and Thomas o’Relly narrowed the gap before the half way mark. The Tones could and should have been in front at half time but for the heroics of Robbie Burlingham in the Simonstown goal. Burlingham’s shot stopping would also help in the second half when he tipped the ball over the bar for a point. Score at half time Simonstown 1-4 Wolfe Tones 1-3.
The Gaels registered their first score in 21 minutes through Mark McCabe. This proved to be the most important moment of the match, McCabe was well set up by Sean Tobin and rocketed his effort past Brown in the goals. The Tones answered back with 2 points. Simonstown were wasteful throughout the game and their first point of the second half came from an unlikely source (Shane Gallagher). Stephen Shepherd and Cian Ward levelled up the match with 4 minutes remaining and the game was in the melting pot. Simonstown responded with scores from Crouchy McCabe and Padraig McKeever. The Gaels were relieved to win after a very difficult week for members of the club. Next up St. Colmcilles on Thursday.
Robert Burlingham, Michael Gavin, Stephen Moran, Shane Gallagher, Brian McGrath, Brían Conlon, Mark Gardiner, Conor Sheridan, Séan Tobin, James Heaney, Ben Hoey (1-2), Mark McCabe (1-1), Shane Barry (0-1), Padraig McKeever (0-2), Nathan O’Brien
Subs - Andy Kearney (0-1) for Nathan O’Brien, Nicky O’Brien for Shane Barry, Ian O’Rourke for Brian McGrath