Templeogue undone in semis
TEMPLEOGUE Synge Street’s Dublin Senior Two Football Championship campaign came to an end at the hands of an impressive Whitehall Colmcille as they lost out 1-16 to 0-6 at O’Toole Park last Saturday, writes Daire Walsh.
The northside club dominated this semi-final encounter from the word go and with Dublin senior star Cormac Costello contributing a magnificent haul of 1-11, they emerged as worthy winners on the day. Templeogue included Sky Blues duo Eoghan O’Gara and Niall Scully amongst their side, but they ultimately fell well short in their quest to regain top-tier status.
Following an early brace for the in-form Costello, John Bridgeman also raised a white flag to give Whitehall a three-point cushion. The Collins Avenue men were taking the game to Templeogue and Costello’s rebounded goal on nine minutes offered them further daylight.
Templeogue finally opened their account courtesy of a Killian O’Gara effort, only for Whitehall to fired back with five unanswered points of their own.
Ger Vickery and Eoghan O’Gara interrupted this scoring sequence at the opposite end, before Costello once again intervened to give Whitehall a commanding 1-10 to 0-3 interval cushion.
Costello and Scully traded frees on the resumption, but it was Colmcille who continued to dictate proceedings.
Supplementing another 0-3 salvo for the imperious Costello, Dublin senior hurler Lee Gannon pointed to move Whitehall into an unassailable lead.
Luke O’Brien and Eoghan O’Gara did find the range in the closing moments for the southsiders, but substitute Dan Redmond ensured the triumphant Whitehall had the final say in the Crumlin venue.