Those in attendance were treated to an entertaining encounter on Sunday afternoon where early goals for Summerhill proved the difference between the teams. The game’s opening attack saw Darren Murphy hit the post for the visitors after an incisive diagonal ball in from centre half forward Jack Hetherington. The home team opened their account at the other end with a well-taken goal while Cillian McCool kicked his first of 2 points after great work in the middle from Conor Mooney. The next two attacks yielded two more Summerhill goals one from an initial block after some stout defending by Shane McGinty. In fairness to the visitors they responded with four unanswered points from McCool, Cormac Dowling and two more from the sharpshooting Gary Flannagan. The highlight of the half came from a trademark Caoimhin King dummy and sidestep, resulting in a long range point from the club stalwart. A feature of the first half was the good wide play from rampaging corner back Liam Reilly while Cillian McCool and Padraig Clinton linked up excellently on the wing. John Muldoon belied his years looking accomplished and calm on the ball coming out of defense.
The Black and Ambers spurned several scoring opportunities that could have brought them back into the game before the break. However, this did not deter their will. With some stern words and a reshuffle of the pack they started the second half much the brighter. Two early turnovers after excellent defending raised hopes of an unlikely comeback. Gary Flannagan added two more points to his haul, one of which, an outside of the boot effort, wouldn’t have been out of place in the other big game of the day in Salthill. Donagh McCarrick won numerous possessions and was a thorn in the Summerhilldefense following his half-time introduction. Tom Dalton gave management plenty to think about having switched from corner back to the full forward line. Unfortunately, for Dunshaughlin, as the game entered the final quarter, Summerhill hit two majors in quick succession. Despite this setback Conor Mooney and King came back with two more scores. With seven minutes remaining the away team won a penalty through the hard running of Donagh McCarrick, which was calmly dispatched by Seamus Doyle. Dunshaughlin continued to press for the remainder of the game with netminder, Andy Smith, pushing up and sweeping successfully along with Liam Reilly, Luke McCarthy and Paul Kean, while the ever-dependable Andy Lyons linked the play in the middle and kept the attacks moving.A very positive display by both sides and no doubt both will take plenty from the outing.
Dunshaughlin: A. Smith, T.Dalton, S. McGinty, L. Reilly, P. Clinton, C. King, J. Muldoon, A. Lyons, C. Mooney, C. Dowling, J. Hetherington, G. Flanagan, Cillian McCool, S. Doyle, D. Murphy, L. McCarthy, P. Kean, D. McCarrick.