With both of these teams out of contention to qualify for the final, pride was at stake in Darver
last Friday evening as Naomh Moninne got the better of the Fechins in this entertaining match
in the Louth Senior Hurling Championship.
At the same time on the adjoining pitch holders Knockbridge were confirmed as opponents
for Pearse Og in this years Final following a hard earned 0-16 to 0-11 victory over Mattock
The south Louth side wasted the first two scoring opportunities of the match before Donal
Rafferty opened the scoring for Moninne with a good point which was added to by one from a
free by Diarmuid Murphy on six minutes.
Oisin Byrne responded with the Fechins first point from play on 11 minutes but it was the
Dundalk outfit who proceeded to create the better chances despite playing against the breeze
in this opening half.
Four unanswered points, all from play, from Darren O Hanrahan, David Yore, Diarmuid
Murphy and young Daire Flanagan had them now in front by 0-6 to 0-2 on 23 minutes. Their
opponents did manage to half the deficit with points from Caomhin Seery and Byrne again.
Two late points from Oisin Drumm, Moninne’s sixth different scorer of the half and Yore had
Moninne leading by 0-8 to 0-3 at the break.
The sides exchanged the opening two points on the resumption before Moninne stretched
their lead with points from David Yore, his third of the match and substitute Dean Carolan.
Cathal Ryan responded with a brace of pointed frees before Moninne were awarded a
penalty for a foul on Daire Flanagan. The resultant free from Diarmuid Murphy was well saved
by the keeper at the expense of a point.
Ryan again displayed his accuracy from frees with another point to leave the Fechins still
trailing by 0-12 to 0-8 with a quarter hour of the game still remaining.
Moninne effectively made the game safe with the next three unanswered points from Murphy
(2) and Flanagan but to their credit the Fechins fought on gamely and were rewarded with
good scores from Cathal Ryan and Caomhin Seery, 0-15 to 0-10.
The black and amber outfit sealed the victory, their first of this years campaign with two
injury time pointed frees from top scorer Diarmuid Murphy.
NAOMH MONINNE 0-17 ST FECHINS 0-10
NAOMH MONINNE: Padraig Mulholland; Sean McLoughlin, Chris Lennon, Andrew McArdle;
Mark McGuinness, Diarmuid Murphy (0-7, 0-6 frees), Ger Collins; Oisin Drumm (0-1), Donal
Rafferty (0-1); David Yore (0-3), Darren O Hanrahan (0-2), Andrew Mackin; Daire Flanagan (0-2),
Eddie McArdle, Stephen Ryan. Subs - Dean Carolan (0-1) for S Ryan, Ronan Geoghegan for
D Flanagan, David Bellew for S McLoughlin, Liam Blundell for A Mackin.
ST FECHINS: Michael Byrne; Cormac McAuley, Barry Duggan, Jason O Sullivan; Barry
Devlin, Donal Ryan, Ciaran Brennan; Paddy McCormack, Caomhin Seery (0-2); Cathal Ryan
(0-6, 0-5 frees), David Stephenson, Sean Brennan; Paul Dillon, Wayne Tracey, Oisin Byrne
(0-2). Sub - Stephen Hobbs for W Tracey.
REFEREE: Jonathan Reid.