The Dundalk Young Ireland’s suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of St Marys at Pairc Eire Og in the Division 2 League.
The visitors registered the first score and both teams played very lively football during the first half trading points and contending for the ball around the middle of the field.
Both teams were neck and neck for much of the first half but a free from Derek Maguire broke the deadlock to give the Ireland’s a one point advantage going into the break.
The Ardee men’s purple patch came early in the second half, the impetus of which was added to with a lucky goal.
The Ireland’s battled on and a number of substitutions seemed to reinvigorate play for the home side.
Three consecutive points brought the Ireland’s within three points of the Mary’s, however the referee brought the game to a close with the Mary’s ultimately three points the better.
Dundalk Young Irelands: Kevin Keelan, Ciaran Murray, Shane O’Connell, Alan Hanks, Peter Flynn, Robbie Farrell , Aaron Rogers, Joseph Flynn, Simon Flynn (0-1), Cian O Nairaigh, Derek Maguire (0-5), Ryan Whyte (0-1), Dermot Mone (0-5), Mark Savage, Johnny Lynch (0-1). Substitutes used - Stephen Lally for Alan Hanks, Dean McGuire for Ryan Whyte, Peter Mc Court for Robbie Farrell, David Lally for Peter Flynn.
Fechins stop Clans dead
Clan Na Gael..................2-9
St Fechins overcame Clan Na Gael last Thursday night with a surging second half performance.
Clans opened with real intent and raised the green flag twice thanks to goals from Conall McKeever and a penalty from Drew Duffy.
That saw the home side leading by four clear points with just under ten minutes until the break.
Yet to their credit the visitors battled their way back in the dying minutes of the opening half and were just one point behind at the interval - 2-4 to 0-9.
Colm O’Neill got the second half off to a flying start for St Fechins when he blasted home their first goal of the match to lead by 1-9 to 2-5.
With the game tee’d up for a grandstand finish, the Fechins began to assert control thanks to three points in quick succession.
Clans never looked likely to reply as the game petered out with the visitors deserving winners in the end.
ST FECHINS: Paul King; Fergal McNally, Brendan Fanning, Derek Younger; Jamie King, Niall McCabe, Paul Dillon; John McGlew, Bevan Duffy (0-1); Colm O’Neill (1-0), Ronan Holcroft (0-9); Niall Devlin (0-1), James Devereaux (0-1), Brian Devlin (0-1). Subs: Mark Hynes for P Dillon, Vinny Corrigan for J McGlew.
CLAN NA GAEL: Gavin Neary; Craig Long, Paul Gartland, Gary Hoey; Stephen Fitizpatrick, Conall Cooney, Ola Olajabu; Billy Smith (0-1), Conor Noonan; Mark McGeown, Robbie Curran; Conall McKeever (1-0), Paul Gore, Drew Duffy (0-3). Subs: Keith Cunningham for C Long, Leo Martin for P Gartland, Adrian McGlynn for R Curran, Brendan Begley for B Smith, Deco Moran for D Duffy.