Mullinalaghta St Columba’s came from four points down in the opening quarter of the game to win by two against Carrickedmond and secure their second win in the senior championship in making it through to the quarter-finals.
It was tough on Carrickedmond who fell to another narrow defeat. They battled hard in this game in Granard on Sunday evening last but made mistakes which Mullinalaghta punished.
For St Columba’s this game was different from their first one against Longford Slashers; it was a real battle but they used their experience to claim the victory in the end.
Carrickedmond made a terrific start and really took the game to the Mullinalaghta side right from the start. Inside the opening 11 minutes they fired over four points without reply. Mark McDonnell got their first score in the first minute, hitting over a free. Patrick Farrell got their second before Marty Mulvey fired over two points.
The first score for Mullinalaghta came in the 14th minute when Jayson Matthews hit over a lovely point. The lead was four again in the 15th minute when Mark McDonnell got his second point. Amazingly though this was to be Carrickedmond’s last score until the 47th minute.
Frees from David McGivney and Matthews cut the gap to two in the 22nd minute. Carrickedmond lost Johnny Gerety in the 21st minute when he received a black card. A lovely move involving Aaron Earley and John Keegan ended with Donie McElligott cutting the deficit to one with two minutes of the first half remaining.
On the stroke of half-time St Columba’s levelled matters (0-5 to 0-5); David McGivney set up Jayson Matthews and he fired over the equalising point.
Both sides had chances to take the lead in the opening minutes of the second half but the first score of the half didn’t come until the 38th minute; Donie McElligott putting his side in front for the first time in the game.
John Keegan went through minutes later to put two between them as Mullinalaghta began to assert their superiority. Carrickedmond got a much needed point from Barry O’Farrell in the 47th minute.
David McGivney restored his side’s two point advantage in the 53rd minute and it was a lead that Carrickedmond just couldn’t overturn, although they tried hard to do that. St Columba’s had a few goal chances that they couldn’t put away.
Another Mark McDonnell free made it a one point game in the 55th minute. One minute later substitute Rian Brady got his side’s ninth point and the Mullinalaghta supporters were delighted to see Brady back from injury and making a contribution.
A Mark McDonnell converted free for Carrickedmond left for a nervy finish as just one point separated the sides but they couldn’t get the equaliser. Another score from David McGivney clinched the win for St Columba’s.
MULLINALAGHTA ST COLUMBA’S: David O’Rourke; James Mooney, Patrick Fox, Simon Cadam; Francis Mulligan, James McGivney, Aaron Earley; Aidan McElligott, John Keegan (0-1); Michael Cunningham, Conor McElligott, Donie McElligott (0-2); Gary Rogers, Jayson Matthews (0-3, 1 free), David McGivney (0-3, 1 free).
Subs:- Rian Brady (0-1) for J McGivney (52 mins); J McGivney for G Rogers (56 mins); David Donohoe for M Cunningham (58 mins); Ruairi McElligott for A McElligott (60 mins).
CARRICKEDMOND: Garrett Higgins; Barry Stewart, Kevin Moran, Rioch Farrell; Johnny Gerety, Padraig O’Shea, Niall O’Farrell; John O’Shea, Barry O’Farrell (0-1); John Lenehan, Marty Mulvey (0-2), Patrick Farrell (0-1); Jonathan Keegan, Padraig McGrath, Mark McDonnell (0-4, 3 frees).
Subs:- Oisin Farrell for J Gerety (black card, 22 mins); Conor Kelly for J Lenehan (46 mins); Enda Farrell for J Keegan (47 mins).
Referee: Aidan Dowler