St. Dominic’s will join St. Ronan’s in Connacht club football final action next weekend after a dominant first-half performance laid the platform for a comfortable 1-12 to 0-5 victory against Leitrim champions Aughnasheelin in this afternoon’s provincial club intermediate football semi-final at Avant Money Páirc Seán MacDiarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Tomás Gilleran’s men quickly put the disappointment of last weekend’s postponement of the same fixture behind them by making their move early after the sides shared the first four points.
With goalkeeper Mark Miley, captain Eoin McCormack, Jack Lohan, Keith Doyle, Kyran Dockery, Darren Donnelly, Cian Kelly and Daire Keenan in top form, Dominic’s opened up a 0-8 to 0-3 lead before the Roscommon champions pounced for a superb goal.
Cian Kelly set off on a run after Aughnasheelin were overturned in their own half-forward line, and his precise pass was gobbled up by Daire Keenan who sent an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net to hand his side a 1-8 to 0-3 interval advantage.
The second half was a forgettable affair as Dominic’s were content to keep the opposition, who finished with 13 men, at arm’s length, although injuries to Jack O’Beirne and Jack Lohan will be a cause for concern ahead of next weekend’s final against Galway champions Dunmore MacHales.
St. Dominic’s manager, Tomás Gilleran, remarked afterwards that it was “great to be still playing football after the Late Late Toy Show.”
He will be hoping that another very special present will be waiting under the Christmas Tree next weekend.
*Report and reaction from this afternoon’s game alongside Connacht final preview in next Tuesday’s Roscommon Herald