Premier Football Championship. Division 1, Group B – Round 3. Skryne 3-16 Seneschalstown 1-11

Last quarter blitz seals victory for Skryne

Skryne 3-16 Seneschalstown 1-11

Premier Football Championship. Division 1, Group B – Round 3.

Skryne and Seneschalstown played out an entertaining last group game in the Premier Football Championship this morning in sunny Skryne. It was a case of winner takes all in this game as both teams had won their opening 2 rounds. A rampant last quarter where Skryne outscored the visitors by 3-04 to a single point sealed the victory.

It was nip and tuck in the opening quarter. John Morley opened the scoring for Skryne with a pointed free. James Meade, Ryan O’Dowd and Robert Wogan all fired over for Seneschalstown before Niall Morley clipped over a lovely point with his left foot from the left hand side. Points from John Morley and Neil Burke saw Skryne lead by a point by the first water break.

Skryne stretched this lead in the second quarter with John Morley finding the target again despite pressure from the Seneschalstown defence. Neil Burke added two long distance points in a row. Sean Commons and James Meade found the target for Seneschalstown. Jason Fox was put through on goal by Ronan McCabe but his shot was blocked away by David Gordon in the Seneschalstown goal. However, play was pulled back for an earlier foul on Ronan McCabe and John Morley dispatched the free. Niall McCabe pointed for Seneschalstown before Jayo Fox tapped over from the left hand side. Neil Burke hit his fourth point of the half to leave the half-time score: Skryne 0-10, Seneschalstown  0-06.


John Morley hit his fifth point of the game in the opening minute of the second half after David McGoldrick soloed through the heart of the Seneschalstown defence before laying off to Morley who made no mistake. A minute later James Meade appeared to scuff a shot at the Skryne goal. The ball got a slight deflection on the way through leaving Des McAvinney with no chance to keep it from making it’s way to the back of the Skryne net. Meade and Sean Commons added two more points for Seneschalstown to level matters. Jayo Fox edged Skryne ahead once more with his second point of the game but two more points from Sean Commons saw Seneschalstown lead by a single point at the water break.

Whatever was in the water certainly seemed to work for Skryne as they hit a purple patch in the last quarter to overhaul their neighbours. Paddy Fox lofted a high ball into the Seneschalstown square to find the fist of Colm Doherty who thumped the ball to the back of the net. This was the lift that Skryne needed. With their tails now up, Skryne hit three points (Niall Morley, Neil Burke and Paddy Fox) without a reply before Niall Morley rounded his man and fired a shot at the Seneschalstown goal. David Gordon parried the shot but Craig Nolan was on hand to pick up the rebound and finish to the net. Skryne’s third goal came with a minute of normal time remaining. Craig Nolan off loaded to Niall Morley who calmly slid the ball to the left of David Gordon. Kris Kinsella finished off the last quarter scoring with a fine point from the right hand side after receiving an excellent crossfield ball from Niall Morley. Seneschalstown’s Sean Commons got his fifth point of the game just before the final whistle sounded. Final Score: Skryne 3-16, Seneschalstown 1-11.

Skryne now advance to a final against Donaghmore Ashbourne who were victorious in Group A.

SKRYNE – Des  McAvinney. Timmy Lennon, Mark Harrington, Dermot Brennan. Frank Carty, Michael Doherty, Kris Kinsella(0-1). David McGoldrick, Colm Doherty(1-0). Ronan McCabe, Neil Burke (0-5), Niall Morley(1-2, 1 mark). Jason Fox(0-2), Aidan Tuite, John Morley(0-5, 2fs).

Subs used – Patrick Fox (0-1), Craig Nolan (1-0)

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