Matthew Carey (who scored 1-6) pictured in action for St Mel's College against Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore in the Leinster Schools SFC Photo: Syl Healy
While St Mel’s College were beaten by Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore in a tough battle played in difficult conditions at windswept Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Wednesday, they still made it through to the knock-out stages of the Leinster Schools Senior ‘A’ Football Championship.
Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore . . . 3-3 St Mel’s College . . . 1-8
After drawing with Moate Community School in their other group fixture, St Mel’s finished in second place ahead of the Westmeath side on scores difference with both losing out narrowly against Colaiste Choilm.
The already qualified Tullamore outfit snatched the winning score in stoppage time against St Mel’s with Killian Martin shooting over the bar to complete a great recovery as the visitors trailed by nine points (1-6 to 0-0) at one stage in the first half.
All the scores for wind assisted St Mel’s came from their quality centre-half-forward Matthew Carey but Colaiste Choilm came storming back with a brace of goals from Robbie Gallagher and hit the front for the first time when defender Daire McDaid flicked the ball to the net in the closing minutes of this scrappy game.
St Mel’s launched an immediate counter-attack with Paddy Moran bursting through on a penetrating run before fisting the ball over the bar to leave the sides all square but there was still time for Colaiste Choilm to land the winning point.
ST MEL’S COLLEGE: Barry Geraghty (Killashee); Diarmuid Farrell (Ardagh Moydow), Conor Smith (Clonguish), Eamon Igoe (Killoe); Ross Shields (Clonguish), Matthew Flynn (Clonguish), Jack Belton (Mostrim); Adam Donnelly (Killoe), Dylan Fay (Ardagh Moydow); Ronan Courtney (Mostrim), Matthew Carey (Clonguish, 1-6, three points from frees), Jonathan Burke (Clonguish); Harry Mulvihill (Young Grattans, 0-1), Paddy Moran (Killoe, 0-1), Andrew Flynn (Clonguish).
Subs:- Gavin Farrelly (Killoe) for R Courtney (injured, 36 mins); David Moorhead (Killoe) for J Belton (42 mins); Michael Flynn (Clonguish) for H Mulvihill (58 mins).
COLAISTE CHOILM, TULLAMORE: Kieran Coonan; Ben Heffernan, Diarmuid Finneran, Ryan Conway; Daire McDaid (1-0), Cathal Ryan, Gavin Hand; Harry Plunkett, Killian Martin (0-1); Dan Bourke, Dan Ravenhill, Luke Bourke; Niall Furlong, Sam Bourke (0-1), Robbie Gallagher (2-1).
Subs:- Jack Daly for G Hand (injured, 37 mins); Joel Troy for D Ravenhill (injured, 45 mins); Jack Kelly for R Conway (49 mins); Jack Connolly for N Furlong (60 mins).
Referee: Michael Gordon (Mullingar).
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