Moyne Community School were left to rue a string of missed chances in the first half as they just missed out on the North Leinster title and last year’s All-Ireland Senior ‘B’ finalists Scoil Mhuire, Clane were relieved to hear the sound of the final whistle as they advanced a stage further in the provincial championship.
Played on the excellent astro turf pitch at the St. Loman’s Lakepoint Park in Mullingar on Friday last, Moyne suffered a significant setback before a ball was kicked in the North Leinster Senior ‘B’ final as flu struck Longford minor captain Ross McNerney was unable to start and when he was eventually brought on with 13 minutes gone in the second half most of the damage was already done.
At that stage Scoil Mhuire, Clane (coached by former Cashel and Longford footballer Padraig Carberry) were four points in front, 3-3 to 0-8, with outstanding full-forward Declan Flaherty scoring all three goals and the crucial first strike materialised in the 12th minute of the first half when Moyne were enjoying a dominant spell.
Points from Johnny McCabe, Cormac Hughes (free), Conal Sheridan and Shay McKeon (free) left the north Longford school leading by 0-4 to 0-1 while the solitary Scoil Mhuire score came from a free converted by David Fitzpatrick in the opening minute.
However, the cracking goal from Flaherty settled Clane down and they ended up on level terms at the break, 1-3 to 0-6, with the other two points coming from Etan O’Donoghue and Sean Christensen. Moyne replied with a brace of scores from Shay McKeon (free and play) but were now facing a real uphill battle against the stiff breeze on the changeover.
To see the full match report, see this week’s Longford Leader.