AN eleven point winning margin for St. Laurence’s over Ballymore Eustace in Round 3 of the MDY SFC and in all fairness the winners were worth each and every point of that margin against a side that tried everything they knew but at the end of the day were simply outclassed from start to finish, writes Tommy Callaghan.
MDY Construction Senior Football Championship Round 3
St Laurence’s: 3-15
Ballymore Eustace: 1-10
Coming into this game many gave the Ballymore boys a really good chance following their excellent display in the previous round against Celbridge, coupled with The Larries rather laboured win over Round Towers it was felt that if there was going to be an upset in this round it could possibly be in this one.
Unfortunately for Ballymore and for the neutral supporters that was far from the outcome as St. Laurence’s went about their task with determination, with passion and with a belief sending out a warning that they are in this championship with a real chance.
After the opening quarter the game was all but done and dusted with the boys in the red and orange demolishing their opponents with an ease that sent out a real warning as we enter into the business end of the championship.
After just three minutes the first signs emerged with a Dessie Lawlor ball over th top was gathered by Pádraig Fogarty who was fouled giving referee Liam Herbert no option but point to the spot and Shaun Fahey did the rest.
Pádraig O’Neill added a point before Ballymore opened their account when Shane Kavanagh fly-kicked a loose ball over the bar
Pádraig Fogarty then twisted and turned his marker before splitting the posts and with points arriving from Shaun Fahey (2), Dessie Lawler and a goal from Ronnie Lawler (a long ball in that broke to the no. 23 who made no mistake) it had The Larries ahead 2-6 to 0-1 after just 15 minutes.
It was vintage stuff and Ballymore could do little about it and with The Larries adding two more points before Eoin Kavanagh got his side’s second point, and an excellent effort at that, one could clearly see the difference in class between the two sides.
Ballymore, whose entire score of 1-10 all came from members of the Kavanagh household, added two points before the break (James and Shane obliging) but The Larries replied with similar scores from the Lawlor boys, Ronnie and Dessie to leave the half time score reading St. Laurence’s 2-10 Ballymore Eustace 0-4. Job done and still 30 minutes to go.
James and Shane Kavanagh added two points on the resumption before Pádraig Fogarty, once again in on goals, had his effort blocked by the over worked Tim Gorman.
In fairness to Ballymore they certainly did not lie down and kept plugging away adding points from James Kavanagh before the same player sent in a high ball and with referee Herbert deciding that Shane Kavanagh was impeded up stepped James to net the resultant penalty to make it 2-11 to 1-7.
A comeback under way we thought out ourselves but The Larries immediately added two white flags and while James Kavanagh hit a brilliant long range effort from wide on the right it still left his side trailing by some eight points with 53 minutes gone on the clock.
That lead was reduced to six with two Eoin Kavanagh points but that was as good as it got for the Ballymore men as Laurence’s added 1-2 in th final few minutes, the goal coming from a Dessie Lawlor centre which Pádraig Fogarty gathered in the air, turned and blasted to th net to leave the final score reading St. Laurence’s 3-15 Ballymore Eustace 1-10.
An excellent offering from The Larries whose forward line in particular looked really impressive especially the Lawler boys, Shaun Fahey and Pádraig Fogarty. If given the opportunity these boys will give many a defence a tough time.
St. Laurence’s, Shaun Fahey 1-4 (penalty); Pádraig Fogarty 1-4 (2 frees), Ronnie Lawlor 1-1, Dessie Lawlor 0-4, Mark Finnegan 0-1, Pádraig O’Neill 0-1.
Ballymore Eustace, James Kavanagh 1-4 (penalty, 2 frees), Shane Kavanagh 0-3, Eoin Kavanagh 0-3.
Shane Connolly; Karl O’Brien, Niall Clynch, Eoin Clifford; Mark Finnegan, Tommy O’Neill, Padraig Kearney; Padraig O’Neill, Richie Ryan; JP Byrne, Dessie Lawlor, Tomás Doyle; Shaun Fahey, Pádraig Fogarty, Ronnie Lawlor. Subs: Ivan Keatley for Tomás Doyle (49 minute); John Fogarty for Richie Ryan (42 minute); James Fahey for Ronnie Lawlor (56 minute); Ciarán Roche for Padraig Kearney (59 minute).
Maurice Murray; Keith Fennell, Tim Gorman, Jamie Balfe; Colin Clarke, John Doyle, Keith Conway; Tadhg Grace, James Kavanagh; Gerry Fennell, Peter Lawler, Stephen Dwyer; Mark Carville, Shane Kavanagh, Eoin Kavanagh. Subs: Jamie Curran for Mark McCarville (40 minute); Paul Moloney for Gerry Fennell (44 minute);