Oldcastle earn final spot
St Patrick’s 3-6
Although a battling 60 minutes for both Oldcastle and St.Pats, it was hard to see this one slip past Oldcastle as they put in man of the match performances across the field. (MFL Div 3 Semi-Final played in Millbrook on Friday night, 15 May 2015).
Jason Scully set the bar with 1-01 after three minutes following good work from Stephen Lawless, Cian McKenna, CJ Healy and Shane Quinn. St.Pats responded with a goal and a point of their own to level the scores. Scully kept St.Pats under pressure as he added to his tally following a good run from Oran O’Reilly up the field. Conor Delaney then got his first score of the game with Keith Connell doing well in the full back line and working with Matthew Taggart. Healy was on target adding another two after great defending from Oldcastle. The next four scores also belonged to Oldcastle with Scully, Quinn and Healy again showing their accuracy. St.Pats tried to reduce the deficit adding another 1-01 after 27 Minutes. However, the last two scores before the break belonged to Oldcastle with Healy registering another and Ronan Taggart getting his first of the game and Oldcastle had the lead at half time with 1-12 to 2-03.
The Oldcastle team showed their determination as they again opened the scoring in the second half. This came from a well taken goal by Delaney after work from Scully and Jamie Disney. Dylan Garrigan was quick of the mark as he won a St.Pats free and sent the ball into Scully, which then landed in Healy’s hands to again pop over the bar. St.Pats netted for a third time 12minutes into the second half which was unfortunate for Oldcastle as Karl Gibney pulled off a save just minutes before. The sides traded scores for the next ten minutes as Oldcastle held onto the lead cancelling any St.Pats Score. The final stages of the game belonged to Oldcastle with Mossy Flood and Keith Connell proving strong in defence and the forwards providing accurate scoring as Delaney, Taggart, Scully and Cathal Maguire added to the score sheet.
With CJ Healy epitomising hard work, tenacious defence and accurate scoring and an overall great display from all 15 men, Oldcastle justifiably earn their place in the MFL final.
Oldcastle: K.Gibney, M.Flood, K.Connell, D.Garrigan, C.McKenna, O.O’Reilly, M.Taggart, R.Taggart (0-3), J.Scully(1-06), J.Disney, S.Lawless, CJ Healy (0-5), C.Maguire (0-1), C.Delaney (1-03), S.Quinn(0-1)