Paddy O'Rourke inspires Skryne to victory against O'Mahonys

Story by Conall Collier

Saturday, 20th April, 2019 9:13pm

Paddy O'Rourke inspires Skryne to victory against O'Mahonys

Action from the SFC game in Simonstown between Skryne and Navan O_Mahonys. PHOTO JOHN QUIRKE.jpg

Skryne recorded a fine 3-13 to 2-13 SFC victory against Navan O'Mahonys at Simonstown tonight.

Paddy O'Rourke was the stand-out player for the Skryne men although it was fine team effort.

After a sluggish start Skryne took control and forged into a 1-10 to 2-5 interval lead.

The Navan men started smartly and claimed early goals from Oisin O'Brien and Stephen Bray as they established a 2-2 to 0-2 first-quarter advantage.

O'Brien (free) and Cathal Smyth added the points while struggling Skryne got on the scoreboard through Mark Battersby and a Paddy O'Rourke free.

PADDY O'ROURKE'S PENALTY GOAL

 

At that stage Skryne got a grip on the game and O'Rourke added a further four points and a vital goal in the 29th minute when he fielded a high ball and finished superbly.

Darragh Campion (two), Ciaran Lenehan and Niall Morley added the points while O'Mahonys got going again through well-taken points by Dylan Regan, Stephen Bray and Shane Gillespie.

O'Mahonys were also denied a third goal in that opening half when Ian Gillett got a finger to an Oisin O'Brien effort – it was enough to divert it on to the post.

O'Mahonys were back on terms early in the second-half with points from Duggie Dillon, Gary O'Brien and substitute David Bray with his first touch.

Niall Morley's point for Skryne left it level at 2-8 to 1-11, but O'Mahonys forged ahead through another Dillon point and one from Oisin O'Brien.

Then Skryne hit two goals in a minute towards the end of the third-quarter – Paddy O'Rourke convcerted a penalty and then made the opening for an Ian Davis goal and a 3-11 to 2-10 lead.

It was a match-winning advantage and although O'Mahonys made a valiant effort in the closing stages they wasted too many chances and could find no way back.

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