St. Mel’s College U-16 footballers crashed to a crushing defeat against St. Joseph’s of Rochfortbridge in the North Leinster Post-Primary Schools Junior ‘A’ Championship semi-final at the St. Lomans GAA grounds in Mullingar on Tuesday of last week.
From the outset the Westmeath school were the superior side as St. Mel’s struggled badly in a very one-sided encounter. The Rochfortbridge outfit were completely in control and with fifteen minutes gone in the first half they had clocked up seven points without reply. St. Mel’s almost grabbed a goal in the 19th minute in their first real attack when corner-forward Robbie Clarke had a point-blank shot superbly saved by the opposing keeper Joe Hyland. St. Joseph’s then bagged their first of a five goal haul. The influential Killian Doyle displayed cool composure when the opportunity presented itself and he found the back of the net. In the second half, rampant Rochfortbridge refused to show St. Mel’s any mercy and they scored their second goal immediately on the resumption through a well-taken shot from Jack Reid. Three further goals followed for St. Joseph’s as the floodgates opened before Ciaran Donohoe got a consolation goal for outclassed St. Mel’s with ten minutes of the game remaining.
ST. MEL’S: Dylan McGoey; Cillian Lee, Dessie Reynolds, Peter Hanley; Peter Lynn, Ryan Moffett, Cathal Flynn; Ryan O’Keeffe, Shane Thompson; Cathal Victory, Shane McCormack (0-1), John Hand; Robbie Clarke, Ciaran Donohue (1-1), Aidan Sheridan. Subs:- David McCarthy (0-1), Daniel Kirby, Cian Finnan, Darragh Doherty.