Summerhill traveled to Skryne on a crisp and cold Friday evening for their first round Feis Cup game. Given the time of year the pitch was in very good condition. Opening exchanges were fairly even with both sides trading points. Padhraig Geraghty had opened the scoring for Summerhill with an excellent point and this was added to by Liam Shaw a third from Connor Frayne that saw Summerhill lead by three points to two. Skryne hit the next three points to retake the lead midway through the half. At this point Summerhill started to establish their dominance and retook the lead was a mark from Eamonn McDonald mark followed quickly by a goal from Connor Frayne. Barry Dardis then took over the scoring for the remainder of the half. Having missed a few shots earlier he hit one three without reply in the lead up the halftime to leave the halftime score Summerhill 2-7 to Skryne 0-5.
Summerhill made a host of changes at half time bringing on a total of 11 subs. This had the effect of breaking their momentum from the first half as the scoring rate slowed. Skryne slowly started to eat into the Summerhill lead and close the gap at one stage to just two points but too two late frees from Liam Shaw saw Summerhill run out winners on the scoreline of Summerhill 2-10 Skryne 0-12. Next up for Summerhill in round two is a game against Wolf Tones in Summerhill next Saturday afternoon. Special mention for Darragh Loughrey, James Gray and Pauric Ennis who made their debut in adult football, hopefully they will have a long and successful career in the Summerhill jersey ahead of them.
Team: Sean Muddiman, Darren Chapman, Darragh Loughrey, Mark Donoghue, Padhraig Geraghty (0-1), Ross Ryan, Jack Bannon, Adam Flanagan, Diarmuid McCabe, Liam Shaw (0-3,2f), Kevin Lyons, Jamie O’Shea, Eamonn McDonnell (0-1, 1m), Barry Dardis (1-3, 3f), Conor Frayne (1-1).
Subs: Eamonn Ryan for Diarmuid McCabe, Cathal Ryan for Conor Frayne, Cathal Brien for Barry Dardis, Darragh McVann for Darren Chapman, Iarla Hughes for Darragh Loughrey, John Lavelle for Mark Donoghue, David Larkin for Padhraig Geraghty, James Gray for Jack Bannon, Conor Ryan for Adam Flanagan, Kevin Ryan (0-1) for Kevin Lyons, Conor Summerville for Eamonn McDonnell, Pauric Ennis for Jamie O’Shea.