U20 Championship Campaign
St Lomans Mullingar 3.15 Milltownpass 1.09
St Loman’s kicked off their first game of the under 20 championship with a hard-earned victory against Milltownpass in Lakepoint Park.
The harsh November conditions made it difficult for the Blues to settle in the opening period. During the first play of the game the visitors lost their talisman Finbar Coyne which proved a fatal blow. Milltownpass registered the first score through Evan Gorman. The Saints were quick to reply with a well taken score through defender Tristan Graham. Milltownpass then scored four points without reply with the impressive Gorman instrumental in their attack.
The hosts began to find their feet after twenty minutes with a Kevin Regan point followed by two frees from Conan O’Hara cutting the deficit to a single point. Milltownpass replied with a free but St Lomans responded with a well worked team goal finished off by Fola Ayorinde who drilled the ball into the bottom corner of the visitor’s net. Conan O’Hara added to this with a well taken score before it was cancelled out through a Milltownpass free leaving the Blues two to the good at the interval.
St Loman’s dominated the second half with three beautifully taken scores through Conan O’Hara, TJ Cox and Sam McCartan. McCartan’s in particular was an exceptional point from long range. Then another goal came after superb build up play culminating in TJ Cox finding the net to put clear daylight between the sides. Milltownpass replied with a point to leave the arrears at seven points.
The hosts got stronger as the game went on though scoring five successive points with Cox, Ayorinde and a double from Conan O’Hara, before Frank Kavanagh got his name on the scoresheet with an excellent point. The closing stages saw Fola Ayorinde add to his tally with another point. TJ Cox then got his second goal after an excellent pass from Michael Scally, Cox as usual showed his killer instinct in front of goal. Milltownpass found the Saints net from the penalty spot but it was a mere consolation as the Blues ran out convincing winners.
Team; Dano Fitzsimons, Kyle Smith, Jack Tyrell, Tristan Graham (0.01), Rory Sheahan, Shane Broughan, Oisin Tyrell, Kevin Regan(0.01), Sam McCartan (0.01), Frank Kavanagh (0.01), Fola Ayorinde (1.02), Shane Boyce, Conan O’Hara (0.07,2f), TJ Cox (2.02), Oisin Hogan. Subs used; Andrew McKenna, Michael Scally, Riccardo Lingi, Ryan Cleary, Konradh Kondzio
Match Report by Andrew Mc Kenna
St Lomans Mullingar 6.17 Kilbeggan Shamrocks 2.04
The under 20 team booked their place in the Championship Semi-Final with a convincing win against Kilbeggan Shamrocks in Lakepoint Park. Kilbeggan got the first score of the encounter with a free from Jamie Stone. However, the Blues controlled the opening half after that and their dominance would be reflected on the scoreboard.
Conan O’Hara continued his good scoring from with two well taken points. Sam McCartan got the Saints third score of the match with a beautifully taken free off the ground. The hosts then struck two hammer blows in the space of a minute, first Fola Ayorinde found the net after a well-constructed team move. Then TJ Cox rifled the ball into the back of the Kilbeggan net after a well won turnover from the Blues.
St Lomans continued to push on with McCartan kicking another mesmerising dead ball from the 45-metre line. Conan O’Hara added to his impressive tally with a free to stretch the gap further. Two excellent Fola Ayorinde scores either side of Sam McCartan’s point gave the Blues further breathing space. O’Hara then added a third goal to match the three points he had already kicked.
TJ Cox then kicked a superb long-range point to make it 3.9 on the scoreboard for the Saints. The hosts added another goal and point from an unlikely source, defender Tristan Graham. Graham playing at corner-forward on the day showed great calmness in front of goal firstly with a well-taken point and then he found the Kilbeggan net with a finish that any forward would be proud of. Finally, O’Hara kicked the last score of the half leaving the Blues with a significant advantage at the interval.
The visitors found the net when a quickly taken free from Jamie Stone caught out the Saints defence. The second half brought a lull in the scoring with Kilbeggan reducing the arrears with Jamie Stone’s free the pick of the bunch. St Lomans replied with three great individual points from Frank, Shane Broughan and Oisin Hogan. Broughan in particular put in another superb performance and was instrumental in the Blues defence. Fola Ayorinde kicked his third and the hosts final point of the game after a blistering run from midfield. TJ Cox got his second goal after a quickly taken free from Conan O Hara found Sam McCartan and eventually Cox buried his low shot into the corner. Stone then struck his second goal for Kilbeggan with a rocket of a free kick, resulting in the ball going in off the crossbar but it was only to be a consolation.
The final score of the game came from Saints defender Kyle Smith. Smith made a powerful run from deep and when faced with a one-on-one situation, kept his composure and finished coolly to leave the final score at 6.17 to 2.04.
Team; Dano Fitzsimons, Rory Sheahan, Jack Tyrrell, Kyle Smith, Tristan Johnson, Shane Broughan, Oisin Hogan, Kevin Regan, Sam McCartan, TJ Cox, Fola Ayorinde, Frank Kavanagh, Tristan Graham, Conan O’Hara, Michael Scally. Subs Used; Shane Cleary, Andrew McKenna, Konrad Kondzio, Ryan Cleary
Match Report by Andrew Mc Kenna
St Lomans Mullingar 2.06 Rosemount/Castledaly 3.13
Three unanswered goals in the final five minutes of the game saw Rosemount Castledaly book their place in the U20 Championship Final after an entertaining sixty minutes in Lakepoint Park on Saturday evening last. The visitors although deserving winners were flattered by a ten-point win as this was anything but a one-sided encounter.
Rosemount Castledaly started brightly and were four points to the good after eight minutes. St Lomans got their first score from an unlikely source as corner back Kyle Smith found himself in a scoring position and he made no mistake kicking over to raise the white flag. The visitors responded with a well taken point but at this stage the blues had sprung into life and were denied two goals by heroic saves from the opposition goalkeeper Jordan Nugent. Fola Ayorinde impressed throughout the half and he was creator of the next two scores for Conan O Hara, the first a coolly converted penalty while Conan quickly pointed soon after. The visitor’s talisman Sean Petit restored the advantage for the southsiders with a point. In the closing stages of the half the blues corner forward TJ Cox found himself through on goal before been fouled as referee Ken Daly blew for St Lomans second penalty. Conan O Hara saw his initial effort saved but he followed up and buried the rebound to the net. Sean Petit got the final say of the half with a point as St Lomans lead by the minimum at the break.
Enda Gaffney got the first score of the second half with a well taken point, but a crucial period of the game was to follow. Rosemount Castledaly kicked six unanswered points in a twelve-minute period leaving the blues with a mountain to climb. The blues battled hard and points from Enda Gaffney and TJ Cox(2) including a wonderful long rang effort from Cox brought St Lomans right back into contention. The visitors to their credit showed a ruthless streak and buried in three goals in the closing minutes to book their place in the final.
During the second half St Lomans player Shane Broughan suffered a bad injury and all the club wish him a speedy recovery. We also wish Kyle Smith a speedy recovery.
Team; Dano Fitzsimons, Kyle Smith(0.01), Jack Tyrrell, Tristan Graham, Oisin Hogan, Shane Broughan, Oisin Tyrrell, Kevin Regan, Fola Ayorinde, Frank Kavanagh, Conan O Hara(2.01, 1pen), Enda Gaffney(0.02,1f), TJ Cox(0.02), Sam Mc Cartan, Adam Lynch. Subs Used; Cian Cleary, Rory Sheahan, Mikey Scally.