Intermediate Football Championship quarter-final
St Enda’s 5-17 Michael Davitt’s 0-07
A slick moving and superbly fit St Enda’s were never troubled as they advanced to the semi-final of the Intermediate football championship when they brushed aside the challenge of division 2 side Davitt’s under the lights at Ahoghill on Friday evening.
The Hightown residents dominated for much of the opening half and moved the ball with fluidity as they found the target at leisure and looked in total control at the break when they led 0-13 to 0-03.
Points apiece from Conor Morgan and Odhran Eastwood had seen the Glengormley side away in style and although Davitt’s replied through Declan Smith and John O’ Neill to draw level, that was as close as they were to get.
With Ruairi Scott and Odhran Eastwood leading the charge on the Davitt’s posts and raising seven white flags between them Frank Fitzsimmons’s charges were good value for their ten point half time advantage.
Michael Davitt’s did hint at better in the early minutes of the second half when their net-minder Aaron Slane stepped forward to raise an early white flag.
The same player added another nearing the end of the third quarter but a couple of minutes of madness put paid to their early second half promise. indiscipline and dissent was to cost them dearly at this stage and all hope was lost as four of their players were sent to the line.
Points delivered by Eoin Nagle and Odhran Eastwood had extended the St Enda’s lead in the early minutes but Davitt’s had hinted at better as Aaron Slane advanced from his goal to raise a couple more whites, and Colm McKee grabbed another to raise their hopes but in the event they were not to add another score.
Padraig McParland, John McNeill, Caomhin Slane and Danny Largey all picked up second yellow cards in a few dramatic moments of indiscipline and with them went any fading hopes of a come-back.
St Enda’s late replacement Ryan Kennedy was to follow from a straight red but by this stage the die was undoubtedly cast. St Enda’s went on to dominate the closing stages and throwing the leather around effortlessly they went in search of goals as large gaps started to appear in the Davitt’s side.
Ruairi Scott, and Odhran Eastwood found the net and late replacements, Ethan Gibson, Ryan Kennedy, and Michael Morgan followed in the latter stages as the Hightown side ran out convincing 5-17 to 0-07 to earn themselves a place in the semi-final against Moneyglass.
Manager Frank Fitzsimmons will be delighted with his sides performance and by the total they put up on the night but will know they are likely to face a much stiffer test against a Moneyglass side who have ran into a bit of form recently.
St Enda’s: Paddy Flodd, Cormac Eastwood, Michael Mc Namee, Killian Jennings, Conor Lyttle, James Mc Auley (0-01), Conor Mc Auley, Philly Curran, Joe Maskey, Conor Morgan (0-01), Ruairi Scott (1-03), Odhran Eastwood ((1-07), Donal Walsh (0-02), Peter Healey, Eoin Nagle (0-02)
Ryan Kennedy (1-00) for C Mc Auley
Ethan Gibson (1-00) for D Walsh
Michael Morgan (1-00) for R Scott
Fiontan 0’ Connor for P Healey
Gerard Crossey for E Nagle
Kristen Healey (0-02) for C Morgan
Michael Davitt’s: Aaron Slane (0-04), Nathan Maginn, Caomhin Slane, Michael og Rowntree, Niall Mc Parland, Jason Close, James Lyndsay, Anthony Rowntree, Paul Mc Kinney, John Mc Neill (0-01), Paddy Mc Parland, Colm Mc Kee (0-01), Declan Smith (0-01), Danny Largey, David Wallace
Referee Fiontan Mc Cotter (Sarsfield’s)
Davitt’s treasurer Paul Toner presents a cheque for £150-00 to Paddy McIlwaine who was receiving it on behalf of the ‘Saffron Gael’ prior to his side’s Intermediate Football Championship game against St. Enda’s at Clooney on Friday night.