Muirhevnamor moved into second place in the Nivea for Men Premier Division table thanks to an excellent 4-1 home win over highflying Navan Cosmos on Wednesday.
However the sheen was taken off the win when a nasty shoulder injury to Ryan Duffy meant he had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance for treatment.
The opening period saw the game ebb and flow with both teams adopting a policy of playing the ball on the ground.
The opening goal came from a Muirhevnamor throw-in that caused a massive scramble in the Cosmos penalty area and when the ball fell kindly for Thomas Mc Shane he gleefully blasted the ball to the net.
Before the celebrations of the large home supporters had died down the visitors had drawn level when their prolific striker Lee Duffy picked his spot to fire past David Cooney.
The game was been played at a hectic pace and on 30 minutes the home side again took the lead from a dead ball situation.
Philip Duffy delivered a right wing free-kick into the Cosmos penalty and Ryan Dillon got on the end of it to make it 2-1 with a stylish finish.
Sean Dixon’s side were comfortably on top but they suffered a setback on 35 minutes when they were reduced to ten men after Jimmy Cooney was penalised for a tough challenge and referee Colin Halligan flashed the red card.
Despite numerical disadvantage the home side, urged on by their loyal support, took the game to the visitors and before the break they created a two goal cushion.
Another free-kick, taken again by Philip Duffy, saw hesitancy in the visitors defence again punished by Dillon when he slotted the ball to the net past a forest of legs.
Both teams had barely settled into the second-half when Duffy landed awkwardly after challenging for a high ball and the unfortunate youngster was removed to hospital.
When the game eventually restarted the visitors pressed forward and David Cooney made two fine saves to deny a Conor Walsh piledriver and an effort from Sean Conaty.
The home side regained their composure and they added a further goal midway through the half when substitute Sean Conlon delivered a corner kick that was initially headed off the line but McShane pounced to power the loose ball to the net.
Cosmos worked hard to retrieve something from the game but there was no way back when they were reduced to ten men late on.
Muirhevnamor: David Cooney, Derek McCabe, Brian Begley, Shane O’Callaghan, Adrian Rafferty, Philip Duffy (Anto Reilly), Ryan Duffy (Sean Conlon), Thomas McShane, Ryan Dillon, Brendan Hughes, Jimmy Cooney. Unused sub: Paudie Blair.
Leinster Cup exit
On Sunday afternoon Muirhevnamor travelled to Athlone to play Melville in the Leinster Junior Cup and they exited the competition against the very well organised and efficient midlands outfit.
The home side led 4-1 at half-time with Jimmy Cooney on target for the Dundalk side. In the second half Melville added two further goals to complete the scoring.