Simonstown Gaels 3-13
Na Fianna Meath 4-13
It was a game of two halves for this opening round of the Junior A Championship in Athboy. Simonstown will rue their slow start to the game and the early goals conceded were largely self inflicted. The Gaels conceded the opening goal in the 8 minute which left 5 points between the sides. The Navan men capitulated at the beginning of the half and sloppy handpassing from the back enabled Na Fianna to score the second goal of the match. The score after Simonstown’s dismal start was Na Fianna 2-7 Simonstown 0-2.
Simonstown fought back bravely and were led by the impressive Michael Gavin. Gavin sprinted the length of the pitch and showed great awareness to pick out James Heaney for the Gaels opening goal of the game. Gavin opened his account for the game with a splendid point from distance. Andrew Kearney recorded his first point of the campaign and Alex Brady added to the Gaels score. Simonstown’s period of dominance was short lived and Na Fianna got their 3rd goal of the game. The Gaels answered with 3 points before the half time from Michael Gavin, Micky Brennan and Ben Hoey. Score before half time was Simonstown 1-8 and Na Fianna 3-8.
The second half began with a crucial save from Gary Lynch. A goal looked a certainty but for acrobatics of Lynch who tipped the ball past the post for a 45. The Gaels scored from Colin Wickham and Micky Brennan which meant it was just a 5 point game. The comeback looked well and truly on especially when the referee rewarded a penalty in the 46 minute. Ben Hoey dispatched the penalty expertly and the Simonstown contingent roared with delight. Unfortunately Na Fianna responded with a goal and the game ended in a 3 point defear. The Gaels can be happy with the performances of Michael Gavin, Kyle McEvoy, Gary Lynch and Ben Hoey but will be disappointed with their poor start to the game.
Gary Lynch, Aaron Geraghty, Oisin Lavin Kelly, Barry Fox, Colin Wickham, Kyle McEvoy, Dean Curran, Sean Conlon, Sean T. Gallagher, Michael Gavin, Ben Hoey, Alex Brady, Micky Brennan, James Heaney, Andy Kearney
Subs used: Shane Kavanagh, Robbie Quinn.