August 22nd, 2020

John Morris took his Gaeil Colmcille once again to Trim in what was now a must win game against Boardsmill to keep their hopes alive in the Hanley Catering Meath Intermediate Hurling Championship.

Gaeil Colmcille, hoping for a strong start were dealt the opposite as Boardsmill came firing out of the blocks and rattled 1-03 off to no score. It took until the 8th minute to register their first score thanks to the hurl of a Fionn Ferguson free.

The point lifted the Gaeil Colmcille mood and with a stiff breeze in their backs they hit the next four scores in a row with Cormac Mattimoe, Stephen Reddy, Conor Roche and excellently hit point from corner back Conor Arkins who found himself high up the pitch.

By the 22nd minute Gaeil Colmcille were level after Ferguson hot his second free of the game. Boardmill regained their lead after two scores in a row left them 1-05 to 0-07 ahead with 28 minutes played.

Credit to Gaeil Colmcille and they fought hard in the dying minutes of the first half and three scores in a row from Reddy, a monster score from Roche and a third free from Ferguson left Kells ahead by the minimum at half time 0-09 to 1-05.

Boardsmill now wit the advantage of the conditions hit the opening score of the half but this was cancelled out by Danny Muldoon who struck over the bar from 60 yards. Boardsmill took a hold of the game as they hit 0-05 to a solidarity Ferguson free to retain their lead they held for so long of the first half and move three points clear. Boardsmill will be wondering how they didnt have a second goal among that spell as a scramble in the square and after an initial save from Charlie Usher the ball was flicked off the line at least three times keeping Kells in the game.

Morris rallied his side after the water break and two more points from Ferguson and a James Hennigan point and Kells were level.

With 58 minutes on the clock and the sides level, corner forward Dylan Roche caught a wonderful ball in the Boardsmill penalty area, turned his man and as the sliotar looked destined for the corner of the net it just went wide of the right post.

After being let off the hook, Boardsmill went on to hit the next three scores in a row and seal the three point win in what was a truly enjoyable game of Hurling.

Gaeil Colmcille: C Usher, C Arkins (0-01), M Foley, L Ward, D Muldoon (0-01), C Murray, S Bennett, E Sheridan, F Ferguson (0-06), C Mattimoe (0-01), S Reddy (0-02), J Hennigan (0-01), D Roche, C Roche (0-02), G McGovern.

Subs: J Muldoon, R Burke

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