Naomh Máirtín's JP Rooney. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Cardinal O'Donnell Cup
Dreadnots 1-8 Naomh Máirtín 2-13
JP Rooney proved that he hasn’t lost that scoring touch as he came off the bench to score 2-2 and send Naomh Máirtín through to a second successive Cardinal O’Donnell Cup final.
After a tight first half, the defending champions moved up a gear after the restart and Rooney’s brace ensured that his side were comfortable winners as they booked a meeting with Newtown Blues in the decider.
Saturday evening’s game at Clogherhead saw little between the teams in the opening quarter with James Califf (2) and Páraic Smith on target for the hosts, while Conor Whelan, Wayne Campbell and Eoghan Callaghan replied for the Jocks. And. just before the break, Campbell and Whelan pointed to put their side 0-5 to 0-3 ahead.
The game turned in the Jocks favour three minutes into the second period when Rooney scored his first goal. Karl Monaghan brought the gap down to two when he hit the net on 46 minutes, but Máirtín’s regained control and sealed victory with Rooney’s second major eight minutes from time.
Dreadnots: Chris Mulroy; Aaron Scullion, Dermot Campbell, Derek Shevlin; Barry Faulkner, Pádraig Rath, David O’Brien; Cian McEvoy (0-1), James Califf (0-2); Pat Lynch, Liam Shevlin (0-1), Karl Monaghan (1-1); Páraic Smith (0-1), Peter Kirwan, Anthony Williams
Subs: Darragh Shevlin (0-2), Cathal Lynch, Brian Gargan
Naomh Máirtín: Craig Lynch; Shane Campbell, Michael Fanning, Paul Berrill; Pádraig McDonagh, Eoghan Callaghan (0-1), Thomas Sullivan; Wayne Campbell (0-3), Conor Morgan; Stephen Campbell, Brian McQuillan, Jack Murphy; Conor Whelan (0-5), Sam Mulroy (0-2), Conor Healy
Subs: JP Rooney (2-2), Gavin Mooney, Eoin Wright, Adam Winters
Referee: Paul Kneel (Kilkerley Emmets)