Author: Aisling Dwyer
“Summerhill Snatch Spot in Semi “
Summerhill took on Donomore Ashbourne on Monday evening in a hard fought battle, both teams playing for the remaining semi final spot against Skyrne .
Summerhill were first on the score sheet with a Conor Frayne free. On the 3rd minute a brilliant pass from Barry Dardis found Davy Dalton unmarked in front of goal who promptly flicked the ball into the back of the net .1-1 to the Hill ..Ashbourne were slow to get momentum going but when they did points from Andrew Tormey Stephen Carton kept them within reach of the ‘Hill. The Summerhill scores came from ,Dardis, Frayne and David Larkin’s point on the 28th minute left the Half Time Score Summerhill 1-4, Donomore Ashbourne 0-7.
Ashbourne were quickest on the re -start with an excellent point from Brian Menton and another from Tormey .The Donomore side may well regret some of the wides the kicked but they did push ahead in this third quarter ..out scoring John Lyons men 0-10 to 1-5 .The in form Stephan Husband put in an excellent shift as did Iarla Hughes in defence for Summerhill .Liams Shaws free and a second goal for the locals coming from Barry Dardis pushed Summerhill ahead again ,2-8 to Donomore 0-12. Ashbourne were awarded a penalty ,thankfully to the relief of the supporters went over the bar for a point . Summerhill pushed on again with Padraig Geraghty finding the back of the net for the Hills 3rd goal after a brilliant assist from Conor Frayne ,the score now 3-9 to 0-15 . Ashbourne then with minutes on the clock found the net to bring the game to a draw once again . Captain Willie Ryan led by example and pushed his team forward ..Summerhill responded and to the delight of the crowd ,Ross Tallons goal in the 59th minute was the boost they needed. Further scores form Dardis And Micheál Byrne left Summerhill five points ahead at the final whistle Summerhill 4-11 Donaghmore Ashbourne 1-15.
A tough encounter for Summerhill ,who showed great determination and pride to come out on top of this encounter and all credit also to John Lyons and his management team ,to claim the Semi-Final Spot against Skyrne GFC this coming Friday in Páirc Tailteann .
Summerhill ; Tony McDonnell,Iarla Hughes,Willie Ryan,Ronan Ryan,Eamonn Ryan,Stephen Husband ,Padraig Geraghty (1-1),Ciaràn Gillispie,Micheàl Byrne (0-1),Kevin Ryan ,David Larkin(0-3),Liam Shaw(1f),Conor Frayne (2f) Barry Dardis (1-2)Davy Dalton( 1-1).
Subs Ross Tallon (1-0) for Stephen Husband 48min.