THE score line hardly does justice to the efforts of Oliver Plunketts, however having said that Two Mile House fully deserve their win in this MFL Division 3 final played at sunny but cold Hawkfield on Saturday.
‘The House’, playing with the aid of the breeze in the opening half dominated from the throw in with Chris Healy being particularly prominent with the two opening points of the half.
Ben Merrins and Mark Sherry added two more before Plunketts opened their account, an Adam Fitzsimons effort after ten minutes in their first real attack of the game.
‘The House’ boys were dominant in the middle while their half back line stifled any OP attack and but for some very poor shooting the boys in yellow could have had this one wrapped up very early on.
With half time approaching and TMH leading by 0-8 to 0-1 one wondered if that lead would be sufficient but then just before the break Chris Healy, a player of real substance, gained possession around the ‘45’ skipping by three or four defenders before finishing to the net to leave the half time score reading Two Mile House 1-8 Oliver Plunketts 0-1.
In fairness the Ballymore-Eadestown combination side were not out of the race at that stage and with the elements in their favour one felt a few early scores on the resumption could see them right back in it, but that was not the way ‘The House’ boys read the script.
Four minutes in the game was done and dusted. A great move involving Mark Sherry, Daragh Horgan and Ben Merrins ended the latter cooly filled the net and three minutes it was Merrins who repeated the dose to leave it 3-8 to 0-1.
Eoin Woods and David Murphy reduced the deficit and it could have been more as Two Mile House keeper, Richard Drumgoole-Maguire denied them a goal with a brilliant stop.
That, however was as good as it for Plunketts as ‘The House’ took control once again adding 1-4 without reply, the fourth goal coming from Mark Sherry who made a brilliant catch on the ‘21’ before turning and blasting to the net.
Best for the winners were Adam Burke at no. 6; Robert Brassil, Mark Sherry at midfield while up front both Chris Healy and Ben Merrins looked very decent players indeed.
For Oliver Plunketts had fine players in Ben Osbourne, Shane Dunne, Michael Stewart-Byrne, Killian Fitzpatrick and Eoin Woods.
Two Mile House, Ben Merrins 2-3, Chris Healy 1-3 (1 free), Mark Sherry 1-1, Gavin Burke 0-2, Dyan Coady 0-1, Chris Julian 0-1, Robert May 0-1.
Oliver Plunketts, Eoin Woods 0-2 (2 frees), David Murphy 0-1.
two mile house:
Richard Drumgoole-Maguire; Robert Brassil, Glen Burke, Jack O’Dea; Stephen Fitzharris, Adam Burke, Jake Burke; Mark Sherry, Robert May; Ben Merrins, Chris Julian, Alan Coady; Chris Healy, Dylan Coada, Daragh Horgan. Subs: Gavin Burke for Jack O’Dea; Matt Sheridan for Alan Coady, Barry Fisher for Stephen Fitzharris.
Jamie Larkin; Paul Comerford, Ben Osbourne, Darragh Walsh; Jake Meehan, Shane Dunne, Justin Dean; Adam Fitzsimons, Michael Stewart-Byrne; Conor Davis, David Murphy, Killian Fitzpatrick; Conor McCarthy, Eoin Woods, Mark Slevin. Subs: Kieran McShane for Mark Slevin; Paddy Langan for Justin Dean; Jack Harney for Paul Comerford; Derek Dunne for Conor Davis.