St. Mel’s U-16 footballers were defeated by three points by old rivals St. Pat’s, Navan in wet and windy conditions in the North Leinster Colleges Junior ‘A’ Championship semi-final at the Kinnegad grounds on Wednesday of last week. St. Pat’s opened the scoring when notching the first two points in the early stages of the game but St. Mel’s took the lead after seven minutes when Damien Bennett hit the back of the net. However, the Navan outfit rallied to register the next three points on the trot and while Killian Farrell replied for the Longford college when shooting over the bar in the 22nd minute, they conceded a goal soon after to trail by 1-5 to 1-1 at the break. St. Mel’s got off to a flying start in the second half when Daniel Daly was bang on target with a well-taken goal but St. Pat’s consolidated their grip on the game when notching 1-1 without reply.
While Killian Farrell closed the gap when pointing from play in the 48th minute, St. Pat’s struck the killer blow when grabbing a third goal that left them in a commanding seven points lead.
The gallant losers did battle back in the last few minutes of the game when Damien Bennett was on the mark with a good goal and a well struck point from play but time ran out for St. Mel’s as they made their exit from the Leinster Junior Championship. ST. MEL’S: Jason Wykes (Shroid); Ronan Sweeney (Clonguish), Niall Keenan (Ardagh), Fergal O’Donnell (Killoe); Daniel Cox (Kilglass), Adrian Duffy (Longford Slashers), Brian Smith (Mostrim); Paul Rushe (Shroid), Killian Farrell (Ardagh, 0-2); Sean Farrell (Moydow), Damien Bennett (Killoe, 2-1), Larry Moran (Killoe); Daniel Daly (Shroid, 1-0), Joey Keenan (St. Barry’s, Tarmonbarry), Daryl Carrigy (Moydow). Sub used:- Alan Sorohan (Clonguish) for B. Smith (47 mins).