St Anthony’s: 0-06
Neasden Gaels: 2-12
Goals from Conor Doran and Ryan O’Hare sealed Neasden Gaels place in the intermediate semifinals after a comprehensive victory of Reading’s St Anthony’s.
The pair dominated the score sheet in the first half to book their spot against Cu Chullains in three weeks time and left Anthony’s with too much to do at the break at 2-8 to 0-1 down. O’Hare opened the scoring with a pointed free before Doran got his name on the scoresheet from a Donal Farrelly ball.
Doran would add his own free before O’Hare got a point from play from just over the half-way line, with much too space and time granted to the corner forward in the centre of the park.
St Anthony’s began to work the ball a bit better at this stage, with good work from player manager Reilly and McIllop down the right wing, but they would concede a goal to Doran soon afterwards as he met a ball from the left wing to hit into the bottom right corner beyonf the reach of Garry on ten minutes.
Reilly won his side a free, which Burton converted for their sole first-half point, before O’Hare would add a second goal for Neasden after he met Paddy Cole’s ball on the left post. He would add another free before Conor Byrne got his first point after a counter-attack play.
O’Hare would close the scoring of the opening half with some great movement to shrug off his defender and get his point shot away.
The damage was done and the second half was a more subdued affair as St Anthony’s settled a bit more and closed the deficit slightly. After four minutes Burton added his second free which was quickly negated by another O’Hare set play. Stephen Doran would set up Byrne for the next Neasden score, and the corner forward added another soon after before Burton got his sole point from play.
Doran was through on goal next but was called back for taking too many steps, but the halfforward wouldn’t miss his next chance in front of goal as he cooly handpassed over the bar for his next score.
McGovern would get a sublime score from long-range next before Burton added another two frees and the Reading side closed the match’s scoring with four unanswered points as McGovern added another in the dying minutes.
ST ANTHONY’S: E Garry, M McDonnell, M Keogh, C Flynn, C McIllop, D Maguire, D Casey, A Loughrey, K Shields, C Cullen, L McGovern (0-2), R O’Hehir, E McErin, T Burton (0-5, 4f), J Reilly
NEASDEN GAELS: Niall O’Carroll, Tom Connolly, Keith Geraghty, Colin Flanagan, John McGauley, Conor McGoldrick, Dara King, Feana McMullin, Aidan Flanagan (0-1), Donal Farrelly, Paddy Cole, Conor Doran (1- 3, 1f), Conor Byrne (0-3), Stephen Doran, Ryan O’Hare (1-5, 3f)