Match Report: Intermediate Footballers into Championship Quarter Final

Don/Ash 4 – 07
Curraha 0 – 11

Donaghmore/Ashbourne finished top of Group C in the Intermediate Football Championship by virtue of this eight point win over neighbours Curraha in the last Group game at Skryne on Friday evening.

The winners got off to a perfect start scoring two goals in the first five minutes courtesy of John Broderick and Sam Benville. Curraha then settled into the game and by the twenty-fifth minute had drawn level scoring six points without reply. John Broderick edged Don/Ash ahead with a point which was cancelled out by a Curraha free to leave the teams tied at half time 2 – 1 to 7 points.

Don/Ash dominated the first twenty minutes of the second half scoring 1 – 5 without reply, Leo Reilly who replaced black carded Sam Benville scored two points, goalkeeper Andy Colgan converted a 45, John Brodrick got his second goal while Ciaran Beirne and Kevin Fenton chipped in with a point each. John Broderick brought his tally to 2 – 2 with a point in the fifty-eighth minute and Leo Reilly finished the scoring with a fine goal after good approach play from John Wilson.

Andy Colgan was very steady throughout in goals and made one spectacular save in the first half. Tadhg Kelly, Iarlaith O’Donnell and Jack McCarney were rock solid in defense while Ciaran Beirne, Kevin Fenton, top scorer John Broderick and Leo Reilly all enjoyed fine games up front.

Don/Ash team: Andy Colgan 0 – 1 (45), Jack Giles, Tadhg Kelly, Iarlaith O’Donnell, Daithi Murtagh, Jack McCarney, Martin Lynch, Rory O’Connor, David Carey, Sam Benville 1 – 0, Ciaran Beirne 0 – 1, Kevin Fenton 0 – 1, David Dowd, John Brodrick 2 – 2, Eric Callaghan

Replacements: Leo Reilly 1 – 2 for Sam Benville (black card); Gareth Deery for Daithi Murtagh; Kevin Lanigan for Martin Lynch; Shane Rae for David Dowd; John Wilson for Eric Callaghan (black card)