Grade: Minor A Championship Round 1
By: Brian Cubert (Minor Club PRO)
O Garney Park, Sixmilebridge saw start of the Minor Championship 2012 where Inis Cealtra were the visitors. Inis Cealtra are a combination of Scairff, Ogonnelloe and Whitegate. The 'bridge started in a blistering pace racing into a 2-2 to 0-0 lead by the 7th minute. The goals coming from the poacher like full forward Paul Finnan after the Inis Cealtra keeper made a good save from Conor Deasy, and the second from Kevin Fennessy. The remainder of the first half saw an exhibition of point scoring from the 'bridge. These scores coming from Fennessy, Deasy, Finnan and Steven Mulready. The only replies for the combo were three pointed frees from centre forward Barry Nash. The third goal came from the stick of Conor Deasy on 22 minutes. At the half time whistle the 'bridge lead 3-8 to 0-3.
The second half was a much different affair with Inis Cealtra really giving the 'bridge something to think about. But for the safe hands of 'bridge keeper Jason Loughnane, Darragh McNamara and Dylan Fleming at wing back the final score could of been alot different. The combo had good points in the second half from Eoin Quirke and Peter English which made the score 3-11 to 0-12 with five minutes to play. The 'bridges only few scores coming from Mark Hehir, Steven Mulready and Deasy. But for Finnans last minute goal the 'bridge would of had a nervy last few minutes.The game ended on a scoreline of 4-12 to 0-13.
The 'bridge management will not be happy with the performance as they were beaten all over the field in the second half. The 'bridge were best served by Jason Loughnane, Dylan Fleming, Kevin Fennessy, Steven Mulready and Paul Finnan. Inis Cealtra had good displays from Peter English, Eoin Quirke in the second half and Daniel Cunnane.
SMB: Jason Loughnane, Michael Lynch, Barry Fitzpatrick, Mark Quinn, Dylan Fleming, Brian Carey, Darragh McNamara, Kevin Fennessy(1-1), John Mulready (0-1), Mark Hehir (0-2), Steven Mulready (0-3), Conor Deasy (1-3) 0-3 frees, Eoin Flynn, Paul Finnan (2-2), Tony McNamara. Sub: Gavin Whyte for T McNamara (50 mins)
Inis Cealtra: Noel O Donnell, Sean Kikkers, Gareth Bleach, Luke Patterson, Cathal Madden, Eoin Quirke (0-2), Jack Orme, Martin Cunningham, Peter English (0-2) 0-1 free, Ronan Corry, Barry Nash (0-6) all frees, Conor McDermott (0-2), John Scanlan, Daniel Cunnane, Colin Burke (0-1).