Alan Murphy of Lannléire moves away from Naomh Malach’s Donal Begley during Friday night’s Anglo Printers Junior Football Championship encounter at Páirc Mochta. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Anglo Printers JFC group four
Lannléire 2-23 Naomh Malachi 1-13
Lannléire made it two wins from two with a clinical attacking display against Naomh Malachi in Louth Village on Friday night.
A tense affair was sparked into life in the second period as the Dunleer men’s ability to get scores that bit easier told.
Centre-forward Colin Murphy led the winners' attack, shooting nine second half points in a virtuoso display. His sideline conversion from the corner of the field was the game's highlight, if not the weekend's.
Both sides set up with sweepers and the tie looked set to be a low-scoring affair with the teams level, 0-3 to 1-0, after a quarter-of-an-hour. The Courtbane men got the goal and it was against the run of play from Dylan Rooney.
The setback jolted Lannléire in action, though, and they responded excellently with Bob Murphy nipping in just ahead of Malachi’s 'keeper Christopher McCaughley to claim the ball and blast into an empty net.
To rubber-stamp the winners' dominance, Ian Mulroy came out from the edge of the square to fire over two points and Pearse Hawkins effectively put the game to bed with a goal before the half-time whistle, leaving it 2-7 to 1-3.
With the game on the line, the Mals decided to abandon their sweeper system and go man-for-man in the second period. The ploy was risky, but looked to be paying off in the early stages as they nibbled into the deficit with points from David Begley, Ronan Greene and Pádraig Moley - the first of his three second half notches.
However, once John O’Connor’s men composed themselves, Murphy took over proceedings. With the extra space now provided, he duly punished the Mals time and time again as Lannléire booked their place in the knockout stages with a match to spare.
Lannléire: Liam Callan; Jason Torris, Paul McGeough, Paul Doyle; Briain McGuinness (0-2), Brendan McEvoy, Thomas Doyle (0-1, '45); Pearse Hawkins (1-1), Paul Callan (0-4); Cillian Gregory (0-2), Colin Murphy (0-9, one free & one sideline), Alan Murphy (0-1); Garry Monaghan, Ian Mulroy (0-2), Bob Murphy (1-1)
Subs: Shane Kennedy for Bob Murphy, John King for Monaghan
Naomh Malachi: Christopher McCaughey; Jamie Kelly (0-1), David Rogers, Stephen Burns; Stephen Smith, David Begley (0-1), Ronan Greene (0-2); Pádraig Moley (0-3), Christopher Smith; Donal Begley, Jack Kirwan, Dylan Rooney (1-1, free); Colin Hoey, Ronan McElroy (0-1, free), Colin Rooney (0-4, three frees)
Subs: Shane Rogers for Hoey, Eamon Agnew for Donal Begley
Referee: David Fedigan (Hunterstown Rovers)