many looked on this quarter final of the MDY SFC at Hawkfield on Sunday afternoon as the game of the weekend but sadly what was served up was very disappointing indeed in a game lacking in urgency and championship bite, dominated from start to finish by St Laurence’s, writes Tommy Callaghan.
MDY Construction Senior Football Championship Quarter Final
St Laurence’s: 0-10
Celbridge were a huge disappointment, managing to raise just one white flag in the opening half , they lacked any penetration against a very impressive tight marking Larries defence.
St. Laurence’s, with their wing forwards dropping back when necessary and Mark Finnegan given a free role, something he did to perfection, now face Sarsfields in the semi final and the boys from the south of the county will be reasonably confident of making it through despite the Newbridge boys very impressive display againt Naas.
This game was all about one man and that man was corner forward Pádraig Fogarty who tormented his markers from start to finish.
Initially it was Michael O’Grady who was giving the task of looking after Fogarty, later Hugh McGrillen was transferred to him with O’Grady ending up for a second time asked to put the shackles on the no. 15.
It is fair to say that both failed and failed miserably as Fogarty amassed eight points of his side’s ten point total .
To say he was the difference betweent he sides would be stating the obvious but there was plenty to like about this Larries display. Extremely tight at the back; strong in midifled and while some of their better known stars under performed on the day, nevertheless they had too much power for a Celbridge side who rarely threatened throughout.
From the throw-in O’Grady took up Fogarty with Ollie Lyons shadowing Shaun Fahey (and with some success it has to be said).
The big corner forward, in a two man full forward line opened with the first two points of the game as it became obvious from an early stage that he was going to torment the Celbridge defence and while Shane Harte opened Celbridge’s account on eight minutes after Karl O’Brien had fouled Dessie Lawlor, little did we know that that was Celbridge’s lot for the remainder of the half.
The Lawlor boys (Dessie and Ronnie) combined for the latter to make it 0-3 to 0-1 as Celbridge were struggling to get any sort of a grip around the middle.
Pádraig Fogarty added two more as Hugh McGrillen was switched on to him before Celbridge were given a life line when Tom Fitzgerald was pulled back following a quick free and referee Cawley (who had another fine game) pointed to the spot.
Up stepped David Byrne, whose record from the spot is as good as anyone’s but on this occasion county keeper, Shane Connolly, dived to his left and knocked the ball out for a 45 which was also cleared to safety.
Back came the Larries with Fahey feeding Pádraig Fogarty who was held by Hugh McGrillen, who was yellow carded, and Fogarty popped over the free to make it 0-6 to 0-1 at the break.
Mick Wright picked up an early second half yellow for a foul on Pádraig Kearney before Fogarty resumed where he left off, turning McGrillen and popping one over and a minute later he repeated the dose, this time set up by his own full back, Niall Clynch.
On 40 minutes Celbridge got their second point of the game, a Shane Harte free after Tom Fitzgerald was fouled.
The impressive Mark Finnegan then extended his side’s lead before David Hughes hit two on the trot followed by a Paddy Brophy point to leave just four between them as Celbridge enjoyed their best spell.
However an off-the-ball foul on Dessie Lawler saw Fogarty convert the resultant free and while Shane Harte added the final point of the game, the long whistle arrived soon after with Larries booking their semi final spoton a score line of 0-10 to 0-6.
St. Laurence’s, Pádraig Fogarty 0-8 (3 frees), Mark Finnegan 0-1, Ronan Lawlor 0-1.
Celbridge, Shane Harte 0-3 (2 frees), David Hughes 0-2 (1 free), Paddy Brophy 0-1
Shane Connolly; Karl O’Brien, Niall Clynch, Eoin Clifford; Mark Finnegan, Tommy O’Neill, Pádraig Kearney; Pádraig O’Neill, Richie Ryan, Ronan Lawlor, JP Byrne, Tomás Doyle; Shaun Fahey, Dessie Lawlor, Pádraig Fogarty. Subs: John Fogarty for Ronan Lawlor (50minute); Barry Mackey for Shaun Fahey (57 minute).
Shane McNamara; Niall Donnelly, Michael O’Grady, Daragh McEvoy (captain); Ollie Lyons, Hugh McGrillen, Michael Konstantin; David Byrne, Mick Wright; David Wright, Cormac McEvoy, Fergal Conway, Paddy Brophy, Tom Fitzgerald, Shane Harte. Subs: Conor Brophy for Mick Wright (39 minute); David Hughes for Cormac McEvoy (41 minute); Conor Plunkett for David Byrne (52 minute); Mark O’Sullivan for Fergal Conway (52 minute); Brendan Phillips for Michael Konstantin (52minute).