Fulham Irish 3-11 St Kiernans 2-10
Conway Cup semi-final
4 June 2019
Fulham Irish qualified for their first final of the year after a hard fought battle against St Kiernans at Scrubs.
Both sides fielded strong teams and Fulham, playing against the breeze, got off to an ideal start when David Givney crashed the ball to the net after 3 minutes.
They continued to dominate the early exchanges with points in quick succession from Liam Turley and Liam Staunton before St Kiernans got off the mark in the 11th minute with a long range point from play.
This spurred the north London men into life and they took a foothold in the game, picking off 3 further points while defending deep in numbers and frustrating the Fulham attack.
A marauding run from Fulham’s midfielder Anton McArdle in the 25th minute was rewarded with a fisted point and Fulham ended the half in the ascendancy with points from Shane Duffy and a brace from Staunton to leave them ahead at the break 1-7 to 0-4.
St Kiernans notched the first point of the second half, but in the third minute they were kept alive in the contest by a superb save from their net-minder, denying Liam Turley who had been set up by a sumptuous through ball from Givney which carved open the Kiernans massed defence.
Fulham failed to capitalise on this early pressure and St Kiernans assuredly chipped away at the lead while holding the Fulham attack at bay.
A Kiernans goal in the 21st minute left the minimum between the sides and with Fulham shipping water, Anton McArdle curled over a booming long range effort to put some daylight between the sides.
This ignited another purple patch for Fulham with a further McArdle point and goals from Michael Murphy and a second for Givney within 60 seconds putting Fulham firmly back in the driving seat.
Kiernans refused to throw in the towel and goaled again on 30 mins, but a Staunton point completed the scoring for Fulham and they held on to close the game out 3-11 to 2-10.
Overall a good competitive contest between two capable and committed teams that will see more of each other at the business end of the season.
Fulham Irish: Jonathan Tavey, Paddy Naughton, Conor Hyde, Marc Cunningham, Ronan Sloan, Hurl Dockry, Shane Duffy (0-1), David O Connor, Anton McArdle (0-3), Liam Turley (0-2), Liam Staunton (0-5), PJ Rogers, Brian Sheanon, Michael Murphy (1-0), David Givney (2-0). Subs: David Connern for Rogers, Michael Walsh for Cunningham, Conor Patton for Turley, John Gilfedder for Sheanon, Tom Kelly for Givney, Shane McWeeney for Dockry