Men’s Reserve Cup Division 4 V St. Ultan’s

Posted on: Monday, August 29th 2022 by Ultan Blake

Reserve Cup: Division 4B
Dunshaughlin 2-13 St Ultans 0-16

A combination of older stalwarts that still shine brightly and rising stars proved too strong for St
Ultans in an entertaining reserve cup game in Dunshaughlin on Tuesday. Kenny McTigue, Marty Reilly
and Coaimhín King from the three-in-a-row Keegan Cup winning teams in 2000-02 proved that class is
permanent as each contributed to the victory.
Though the visitors notched the first two scores, the home side responded with five unanswered
points. Marty Reilly opened the scoring by pointing after a foul on himself; a Kenny McTigue
interception started a move that involved Tadhg O Dúshláine and Seamus Doyle before Gary Flanagan
shot over; Tadgh, back in action after his recent wedding, completed the scoring burst with two points,
in between which Doyle made a brilliant catch and passed to Darren Murphy who set up Flanagan for
Scores were fairly even in the second quarter with Ultans outscoring the Black and Amber by five
points to four. Marty Reilly scored again after a brilliant Andrew Smith save initiated a quick counter-
attack, Luke McCarthy added another before Darren Murphy from a difficult angle and Odhran O
Riordan after a great move through the centre got the concluding points of the half to leave the Black
and Ambers in front 0-9 to 0-7 at the break.
Ultans reduced the deficit to a point early in the second half before Tommy Johnson, making a welcome
return following injury, caught an accurate Fran Glancy pass, pivoted and drove to the net. A minute
later he almost repeated the trick after a pass from Luke McCarthy, but his shot zipped wide at the far
post. In between Ultans had another point and the subsequent ten minutes were a mirror image of the
first half with Ultans recording five points to Dunshaughlin’s four. Cormac Dowling got the first, Luke
McCarthy finished a combined move smartly, Cillian McCool moved up from defence to record a great
point and King then decided anything the young fella can do I can do as well as he moved forward to
record his point, a fine left-footed strike.
With just a goal between the sides Gary Flanagan settled the issue when he received a crisp pass from
McCool and dinked the ball over the advancing keeper into the empty net. It was just as well, as Ultans,
who played impressively throughout, went on a late spree, recording three quick points before the
final whistle that saw the scoreboard read Dunshaughlin 2-13 St Ultans 0-16.
Andrew Smith; Tommy Johnson (1-0), Kenny McTigue, Tom Dalton; Liam Reilly, Odhran O Riordan (0-
1), Cillian McCool (0-1); Andy Lyons, Andy Lenehan; Gary Flanagan (1-2), Tadhg Ó Dúshláine (0-2),
Cormac Dowling (0-1); Darren Murphy (0-1), Marty Reilly (0-2), Seamus Doyle. Subs: all used: Luke
McCarthy (0-2), Fran Glancy, Conor Keena, Caoimhín King (0-1).