• Oct 31,2022

No joy for Knocknagree in Co SAFC Final

St. Michael’s 2-7, Knocknagree 0-6

Knocknagree left Pairc Uí Chaoimh empty handed on defeat St. Michael’s in the Bon Secours SAFC Final.

Though Knocknagree battled right to the end, they failed to match a slicker St. Michael’s, clearly on a mission to erase previous reversals in deciders. The city side began nervously with erratic shooting, Knocknagree availed of points from Michael McSweeney, Niall O’Connor and Eoghan McSweeney to forge ahead 0-3 to 0-1.

However St. Michael’s began to create inroads, rewarded on a goal from Adam Hennessy to enjoy a 1-4 to 0-4 advantage at half-time.

On the restart, the city men turned the screw, Knocknagree waited until the 45th minute to open their second half, Fintan O’Connor on target with a much needed point to trim the arrears 1-6 to 0-5.

However the St. Michael’s response was exemplary, Hennessy darted into space to clip the ball to the net for his second goal.

Though Knocknagree applied a direct route operation during the closing 10 minutes, unfortunately, they failed to get in on a goal, that allowed St. Michael's to see their task to a successful conclusion.

St MICHAEL’S: M Burke; S Keating, J Golden, D Corkery; T Lenihan, A O’Callaghan, P Cunningham 0-1; A Murphy, D Meaney 0-1; D Lenihan, K Hegarty, 0-1, E Hickey; R Cotter 0-2f, E Hegarty 0-1, A Hennessy. 2-1

Subs: R O’Shaughnessy for D Lenihan (25 inj), L O’Sullivan for A Murphy (30 inj), E O’Donovan for R Cotter (49), M O’Keeffe for A Hennessy (60), R Coleman for S Keating (60).

KNOCKNAGREE: P Doyle; M Doyle, K Buckley, G O’Connor; D Cooper, D O’Mahony, M Mahoney; E McSweeney 0-2 (0-1f), David O’Connor; F O’Connor 0-2, M Dilworth, G Looney; Denis R O’Connor, M McSweeney 0-1, N O’Connor 0-1.

Subs: D Moynihan for N O’Connor (49), K Cronin for F O’Connor (49), D Twomey for D R O’Connor (59), T O’Connor for M Doyle ( 59), J Dennehy for M Dilworth (59).

Referee: J Regan, Lough Rovers.