Simonstown Gaels progressed to the quarter finals of the Meath senior championship today after a hard fought win over their neighbours Navan O’Mahonys. The game was played under warm and humid conditions which resulted in both teams struggling to maintain high intensity.
O’Mahonys opened the scoring and Simonstown responded quickly in the 5th minute when Seán Tobin scored a super point from play. Nathan O’Brien had a goal scoring opportunity in the 12th minute but was prevented by O’Mahonys keeper Mark Brennan. Mark Brennan had a very good game and saved numerous attempts at goal from Simonstown. Simonstown will be frustrated that they failed to score past the O’Mahonys shot stopper but scores from Seán Tobin, Mark McCabe and Nathan O’Brien meant they led 0:6 - 0:4 at half time.
Simonstown registered their first score in the second half during the 43rd minute but rallied very well in the remaining 15 minutes. Simonstown outscored O’Mahonys 5 points to 1 points in the closing 15 minutes. Simonstown’s next game will be against Blackhall Gaels, time and venue to be confirmed.
Robert Burlingham, Mark Gardiner, Stephen Moran, Niall McMahon, Neil Kane, Brían Conlon, Brian McGrath (0-1), Shane O’Rourke, Conor Sheridan, Shane Barry, Seán Tobin (0-4, 2 frees), Mark McCabe (0-3), Eanna Donoughue, Podge McKeever (0-3), Nathan O’Brien (0-1)
Subs - Seamus Kenny for Conor Sheridan, Shane Barry for James Cúchulainn, Joe Lyons for Seán Tobin, Micky Brennan for Nathan O’Brien, Rory O’Connor for Shane O’Rourke