Paddy Lynch of St. Fechin's. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Senior Hurling Championship
St. Fechin's 7-16 Mattock Rangers 0-8
All six of St. Fechins’ starting forwards were on the scoresheet as they recorded their second championship win of the season in Darver on Thursday night.
The 2016 winners had county stars Michael Ryan, Paddy Lynch and Seaghan Connelly on fire in the inside line, with 5-10 having come from the trio whom Mattock Rangers were unable to contain.
Fechin’s led 4-9 to six points at the break. Gary Rellis offered the main source of resistance for the Collon side who performed competitively in the opening period.
However, the winners’ class showed in the second half as Lynch continued his scoring exploits, while substitutes Seán Brennan and Brian Stephenson also contributed, with the former notching 1-0.
The Termonfeckin charges now face Naomh Moninne in a repeat of last year’s final, which Moninne won. Mattock, unfortunately, bow out after a third successive group loss.
St. Fechin’s: Stephen Hackett; Cormac McAuley, Conor Relihan, Liam Ryan; Mícheál Byrne, Óisín Byrne (0-1), Wayne Tracey; Paddy McCormack, David Stephenson; Brendan Hynes (0-1), Vincent Hynes (1-1), John Crosbie (0-2); Michael Ryan (1-3), Paddy Lynch (1-7, three frees), Seaghan Connelly (3-0)
Subs: Seán Brennan (1-0), Seán McConnell, Brian Stephenson (0-1)
Mattock Rangers: Rory O’Reilly; Darren Reid, Eoin McKeown, Dominic Maguire; Mikey Callan, Declan Madden, Jonathan Matthews; Jason Condon, Gary Rellis (0-6); Peter Mullen (0-1), Graham Condon (0-1), Patrick Birch; Kevin Conway, Johnny Galway, Tony Corcoran
Sub: Finn Madden
Referee: Gerry Keoghan (Meath)