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Naomh Éanna in Control at Corrigan


Referee Dan Mullan gets today's match underway at Corrigan Park.

Doohamlet O'Neill's GFC 3-05 Naomh Éanna 2-15


Despite a Jamie Walshe goal leaving his side within one point going into the final ten minutes, Naomh Éanna refused to panic and shut Doohamlet out for the remainder of the game, with a Peter Healy goal and a further 0-04 seeing the Glengormley men over the line in a game they mostly controlled.


With a spread of eight different scorers, Naomh Éanna were confident of forcing a score from various outlets and looked to be able to hit scores much more easily than their Monaghan counterparts who laboured, particularly in the first half.


Doohamlet were of course at a big disadvantage going into the game, losing talisman Colin Walshe to injury and they really missed his influence on the wide expanses of Corrigan Park as Naomh Éanna raced into an early lead.


The opening score came from Odhran Eastwood as he collected a short free from Ruairí Scott and dispatched it over the crossbar, before Eoin Nagle added a second for the Glengormley side. Nagle was then denied a goal by a superb James Casey save, the Doohamlet captain getting down well to block the corner-forward's goalbound effort.


In the 12th minute, Peter Healy notched Naomh Éanna's third of the afternoon, throwing a neat shimmy and splitting the uprights before Barry McGinn got Doohamlet off the mark, firing over from an acute angle on the right flank.


Jamie Walshe then went close for the Farney side, his effort crashing back off the crossbar before being smuggled to safety by a grateful Naomh Éanna defence. The Antrim side countered well, with Conan Lyttle collecting yet another short Scott free and swinging between the posts to leave three between the sides.


Midfielder Joe Maskey then ended a driving run with a score from distance, taking a look at the posts and floating one over from 40 yards, before a Barry McBennett free kept Doohamlet in touch.


The Monaghan side began to find their rhythm and their patient play was starting to draw the best from the Naomh Éanna defence, only a James McAuley interception preventing a Doohamlet runner getting through on goal. With the next attack though, the O'Neill's would have their opportunity to draw level.


As yet another attack broke down, the ball took a bobble in the Doohamlet forward line and Kevin McArdle threw a speculative leg at it in the St Enda's box. Full forward Odhran Eastwood, back helping his defence, got his leg across to block it, and referee Dan Mullan awarded a penalty for a foot-block. The penalty was dispatched by Barry McBennett and from nowhere the sides were level.


Unperturbed, Naomh Éanna set about restoring their lead, an Odhran Eastwood free putting them back in front before Kristian Healy left the Doohamlet defence in his wake, powering through and finishing low into the bottom corner to extend the Naomh Éanna lead to four.


Eastwood added another free on the stroke of half-time to cap the Naomh Éanna recovery and see them leading by five at the break, but with the second half only seconds old, Doohamlet had signalled their intent by raising a green flag.


Introduced at half time, Oisín O'Neill set about putting his stamp on the game, getting on the end of a breaking ball and rounding his man to finish low into the corner of the Antrim champions' net.


Kristian Healy responded immediately for Naomh Éanna, before Odhran Eastwood and Barry McBennett traded scores, the gap teetering at three points as the Monaghan men attempted to turn the screw.


A brace of points from county panellist Barry McGinn left Doohamlet trailing by the minimum as the Monaghan champions began to make their experience at this level tell on the game, but Naomh Éanna maintained their resilience.


A quickfire treble of scores from Eoin Nagle, Ruairí Scott and substitute Ciaran O'Neill saw the Glengormley men pull away from their opponents again, but they were rocked back on their heels by a third Doohamlet goal.


Oisín O'Neill this time turned provider, collecting the ball, beating his man and squaring for Jamie Walshe to palm home to the unguarded net, with goalkeeper Paddy Flood committed.

Man of the Match Peter Healy of Naomh Éanna, whose contribution late in the game helped seal his side's victory.

Cool heads were needed and it was Naomh Éanna who had the higher percentage, county star Peter Healy using all his experience as he strode past three defenders and shot between the posts to open a two-point gap.


Kristian Healy then fisted over a score to leave the deficit at three points, before Peter Healy hit the goal that all but ended the Doohamlet resistance, getting his fist to the ball and turning it past Casey as an Eoin Nagle effort dropped short in their six yard box.


With the game entering stoppage time it was left to the impressive Joe Maskey to fist over his second point of the afternoon and see Naomh Éanna running out seven-point winners in an ultra-mature performance from Frank Fitzsimon's young side.


The Antrim champions progress to the Semi-Final of the competition where they will meet Tattyreagh of Tyrone. The other side of the draw sees Derry champions Banagher come up against Cavan kingpins Mullahoran.


Doohamlet O'Neill's GFC: James Casey, Martin Hughes, Conor Marray, Gavin King, Jason McElroy, Ryan Ingram, Damien Ward, Jamie Walshe (1-00), Ciarán McManus, Kevin McArdle (Oisín O'Neill 30 - 1-00), Barry McBennett (0-01, 1-01f), Hugh McGinn (Ted Duffy 46), Niall Connolly, Darren Connolly (Sean Markey 34), Barry McGinn (0-03).


Naomh Éanna: Paddy Flood, Killian Jennings, Mick McNamee, Cormac Eastwood (Cormac Ross 29 - Ryan Kennedy 32), Conan Lyttle (0-01), James McAuley, Conor McAuley, Philly Curran (Ethan Gibson 30), Joe Maskey (0-02), Peter Healy (1-02), Ruairí Scott (0-01), Kristian Healy (1-02), Donal Walsh (Ciaran O'Neill 30- 0-01), Odhran Eastwood (0-01, 0-03f), Eoin Nagle (0-02).


Referee: Dan Mullan (Glenullin)


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