February 15th, 2020

Conditions were not favorable for football Gaeil Colmcille welcomed Dunshaughlin to Grangegodden on Saturday morning for the LMFM Minor League Division 1 clash.

The end scoreline would suggest a comfortable win for Dunshaughlin, but Gaeil Colmcille made them work hard for the victory with the home side winning by two points with 12 minutes remaining.

Dunshaughlin registered the first score of the match thanks to a 14 yard free on 7 minutes, Gaeil Colmcille leveled things up in the 16th when Luke Ronan got on the end of a well worked move. Dunshaughlin went back in front two minutes later before Kells got the first goal opening in the 19th minute when Jamie Jordan found himself one on one but his low shot just went wide of the upright, Referee Joe Curran was playing advantage and Alex Williams tapped over to draw things level.

Gaeil Colmcille did manage to get the first goal of the game in the 22nd minute when midfielder Fionn Smith struck beyond the keeper. Both sides traded scores with Andrew Butler getting on the score sheet for Kells. Things got better for Gaeil Colmcille when Smith grabbed his second goal of the game just on the stroke of half time to see Gaeil Colmcille lead 2-03 to 0-03 at the break.

Dunshaughlin looked a different animal from the restart and hit four scores in a row in the opening 9 minutes and it could have been worse were it not for some excellent saves from Kells keeper Sean Thornton. With 12 minutes remaining Kells lead 2-03 to 0-07 thanks to some excellent defending by Kells, but a 1-06 to no reply by Dunshaughlin saw them take control of the game. Dunshaughlin then closed out the game outscoring Kells 0-03 to 0-01 with Williams getting the only score for Kells in the half.

Gaeil Colmcille will now have to beat Ratoath if their to advance to the Semi-Final.

Gaeil Colmcille: S Thornton, K Vithauskas, D Smyth, P Dunne, A Tormey, C Murphy, C O’Reilly, F Smith (2-00), K Carpenter, A Butler (0-01), L Ronan (0-01), J Brady, C Donlon, A Williams (0-02), J Jordan.

Subs: M Finlay, J Glynn, C Hagan

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