St. Mel’s U-14 footballers were well beaten by a stronger Scoil Mhuire, Clane side in the North Leinster Post-Primary Schools Juvenile A’ Football Championship Final at the Kinnegad grounds on Thursday last. Despite the eventual one-sided outcome, St. Mel’s did take the game to Clane during the first half action. However a combination of bad luck and some mistakes in front of the posts left them with a real uphill battle to climb in the second half.
In total the Longford college created four decent goal chances during the course of the first half but on each occasion the Scoil Mhuire full-back-line held firm to clear the danger. With ten minutes remaining in the first half Clane began to assert their superiority.
Led by dangerous corner-forwards Ciaran and David Kelly, the Co Kildare school gradually established a commanding lead and Ciaran Kelly, in particular, stood out for his exceptional long range point shooting. Scoil Mhuire netted their first of four second half goals in the 42nd minute. A long ball sent into the danger zone by Brian McLoughlin was latched upon by David Kelly and he made no mistake in finding the back of the net.
In the closing minutes, St. Mel’s clocked up consolation points through Niall Finneran, Clayton Finn and James Bracken but Clane had the final say to register their fourth goal on the stroke of full-time. ST. MEL’S: Dylan Smith; Gavin Hughes, Philip Kiernan, Pauric Halpin; Niall Farrelly, Brian Harte, Ronan Moffett; Robbie O’Connell (0-1, free), Clayton Finn (0-2, frees); Daniel Connell, Sean Creevy, Mark Thompson; Gerard Flynn, Paddy Duggan (0-1), James Bracken (0-1). Subs used:- Shane Mulligan, Nathan O’Toole, Niall Finneran (0-1), Fergal Farrell.