Mellifont and St Marys served up an enthralling derby in Collon on Thursday.
Mellifont Rovers 2-10
St Marys 3-7
Mellifont, fresh from their winning Leinster campaign, dominated the first quarter with Craig Corrigan getting their first point after only one minute of play. Their lead was doubled on five minutes with a point from Tommy Molloy. At the start of the second quarter, the Marys got into the rhythm of the game with 2 points from Lorcan Malone and one from mid-fielder Ryan Rooney. Mellifont's reply was a booming point from Jack Roddy. On the stroke of 20 minutes Marys scrambled in the first of 3 goals when James Conlon was on the mark. This was quickly followed by a goal each from Malone and Luke O'Kane to put the Ardee side eight points clear and leave the Mellifont lads shell-shocked. Two minutes before the break, Mellifont power-house, James Carraher drove into Mary's defence to score a fine goal and narrow the gap to five points at half time.
On the resumption Marys extended their lead with points from Stephan Bingham and Ryan Rooney. Then Mellifont hit a purple patch with six unanswered points between the tenth and twentieth minute - from James Carraher (4) Ben Watters and Jack Roddy. Rooney then steadied the ship for the Ardee men with a point but slack defending by the Mary's rearguard allowed Jason McKeown to steer the ball into the corner of the Ardee net and leave the home side a point ahead.
For the final few hectic minutes both sides had good chances but Mary's Lorcan Malone got the vital score to leave the teams level at full time. On the balance of play this was probably a fair result.
Mellifont Rovers: Mark Lenehan, Brendan Leacy, Patrick Taaffe, Jack Dunne, Shane DeCourcey, Alan Caraher, Sean Clarke, Tommy Molloy 0-1, James Carraher 1-4, Alex Marrinan, Ben Watters 0-1, Keelan Evans, Jason McKeown 1-1, Craig Corrigan 0-1, Jack Roddy 0-2, Ryan Ward, Aaron O'Brien, Cillian Hickey, Aaron McCabe, Dean Conlon, Andrew Lee, Patrick Birch, Nathan Murphy, Eoin Sullivan, Jack O'Reilly, Phelim McQuillan, John Matthews, Jamie Grimes, Robert Durnin
ROCHE travelled to Cooley on Friday and came away with a well deserved thanks to a very good team performance.
There was some excellent goalkeeping by Ciaran Goss, whon was ably assisted in defence by Geard Browne, James McArdle, Adam Fee and Aidan Grant,
Glen Stewart and Sean Dawe formed an excellent partnership in midfield, with Scott Carthy, Neil Whitmarsh, Blake Robinson, Devan Callan and Dylan Keenan all contibuting with some great forward play.
ROCHE: Ciaran Goss, Adam Fee 0-1, Gerard Browne 0-2, James McArdle 0-1, Aidan Grant, Sean Dawe 1-2, Glen Stewart 1-3 , Scott Carthy 1-1, Devan Callan 1-0, Blake Robinson 1-0, Dylan Keenan, Neil Whitmarsh.
St. Josephs 1-7
CLUSKEY Park hosted an entertaining encounter between two well matched and sporting teams. In a very tight first half it was the Joes who opened the scoring with a point from Tadgh Corr that was quickly followed by a superb long range point from Conor McKnight. Geraldines came back strongly and Joes goalkeeper Matthew Quigley made a point blank save tipping a Mark Leavy shot over the bar. Geraldines were soon on level terms following a fine passing move they added a second point. Joes finished the half strongly with Conor McKnight seeing a rasping shot come off the cross bar before Conor Knipe from free put them back in front and Conal McCaul added a fourth point to leave the half time score St. Josephs 0-4, Geraldines 0-2.
Conal McCaul opened the second half scoring for the Joes with a fine point. Then Joes in a fine sweeping move that saw Barry Keogh win the ball before setting up Conor McKnight for a great goal. With play swinging from end to end Geraldines added two excellent points to narrow the margin to four. Tadgh Corr added a point from a free before Barry Keogh combined with Conor Knipe to set up Michael Staunton for a great point.
St. Josephs: Matthew Quigley, Conor Casey, Conor Marmion, Killian McDonnell, Turlough McGeeney, Killian McNally, Conal McCaul 0-2, Michael Staunton 0-1, Tadgh Corr 0-2, Conor Knipe 0-1, Conor McKnight 1-1, Barry Keogh
DOWDALLSHILL hosted Kilkerley/Naomh Malachi in the first round on Friday evening at a bright St. Bridid's Park.
In their first outing at this level the 'Hill boys give a tremendous account of themselves, although the visitors ran out winners in the end.
That does not tell the full story as Donal Magennis had a great game in goals pulling off a number of brilliant saves. But the feature of his game was his intelligent kick outs which time and again reached their target.
The fullback line of Patrick Loftus and Patrick Roe settled down after a shaky start and defended very well, getting in some good clearances along the way.
The halfback duo of Junior Shotayo and Daniel Badalola were both magnificent on the night, both getting upfield to kick 3 points between them.
The feature of the midfield pairing of Mide fajobi and Malcolm Ladley was their high catching and workrate with Mide kicking 2 super long range points on the night.
In the half forward line were the very hard working Tiernan Watters and 9 year old Nathan Quinn who really came into his own in the second half by taking up good positions on the wing.
The full forward line on the night were Samuel Badalola and Jakub Krolikowski who battled away to win vital ball and create chances for their team mates. Both got back numerous times to help out those in defence while they were under pressure.
Dowdallshill scorers; Junior Shotayo & Mide Fajobi 0-2 each, Daniel Badalola 0-1.
DOWDALLSHILL: Donal Magennis; Patrick Loftus, Patrick Roe; Junior Shotayo 0-2, Daniel Badalola 0-1; Malcolm Ladley (captain) Mide Fajobi 0-2; Tiernan Watters, Nathan Quinn; Jakub Krolikowski, Samuel Badlola.
TWO second half goals proved the difference in this very entertaining match played in Clogherhead on Monday evening. Dowdallshill started the game at a very fast pace and were rewarded with a pointed free after five minutes. The young Clogherhead lads then settled and Aaron Scullion levelled with a fine score and then the same player brilliantly finished off a move to fire home a goal and give the Dreadnots a lead that they would not relinquish. Dowdallshill fought back to score another point but scores from Jack Taggart and Carl Monaghan eased the Dreadnots further in front. The 'Hill lads then exerted great pressure on the Dreadnots defence but Richard Thornton, Leo Reilly and Cormac Flanagan held firm and the score remained Dreadnots 1-3 Dowdallshill 0-2 at the break.
Rory Murphy and Klodjan Lakij controlled the match at midfield at the start of the second half. Despite this, the Dreadnots were guilty of squandering chances before Conor Shevlin blasted home a penalty after a foul on Matthew Moore. Shevlin added a point soon after and then Robbie Cunningham took advantage to shoot to the net and this effectively sealed the match for the Dreadnots. Shevlin and Monaghan added a point each to leave the score at the finish, Dreadnots 3-7 Dowdallshill 0-3.
DREADNOTS: C Shevlin 1-3, A Scullion 1-1, R Cunningham 1-0, C Monaghan 0-2, J Taggart 0-1.
FOUR very hardy teams took part in the second under 10 blitz of the season hosted by Sean McDermott's in Mountrush. Two teams from the Roche Emmets club joined the hosts and Hunterstown Rovers to provide a feast of football on what was a very cold evening. In the first match Roche A played Hunterstown and this turned out to be a very competitive game with great skill shown by both sides. Neil Gartlan, Mikey McCourt, Dylan Lyndsay, Ellie Grant and super marksman Niall Lennon kept the Roche flag flying while the star performers for Hunterstown were Conor Reaburn, Aaron Levins, Lewis Mante, Conor Mc Gooey and Shane Halpenny.
In the second match Roche B played the Sean's and once again some super coaching was evident on both sides,Oisin Englishby, Liam Mohan, Ciaran Baylon, A J Finlay and Mark Hughes were the Sean's best players while for Roche Jack Mc Kay, Killian Carroll, Mark Byrne, Killian McKay and Michael McLoughlin played some supberb football.
Game three featured Hunterstown and Roche B and again catching, kicking and shooting was demonstrated to a very high level with James Mc Donald, Katelyn Rodgers, Danny Treacy, Callum Grant, Josh Churchill and Peter McLoughlin starring for Roche and Jamie O'Callaghan, Conor McNally, Ciaran Mc Cartney, Cillian Taaffe, James Rogers and Tom Kelly were Hunterstown's best players. In the final game of the evening Roche A met the Sean's and this was a great match with two very evenly matched teams fighting tooth and nail for every ball, Logan McConnon, Kirk Rahill, Sean Martin and the ever reliable Lee McCormack each had a stormer for the home team while Daire Reilly, Ben Gartlan, Charlie Reynolds, Mark McArdle, Gabriel Cleary and goalkeeper Cialam Dowdall were Roche's best performers. A big thanks to all the coaches for all the effort they put in and thanks also to our two referees on the night Brendan Finlay and Colin Currann.
St Kevin's, meanwhile, played two games in O'Raghallaighs against the host club and Wolfe Tones, but despite some superb displays it just wasn't their day. Tom Matthews netted two second-half goals, but O'Raghallaighs came out on top with three goals and two points. Josh Finley, Roisin Maguire, Joe McArdle and Tom Matthews impressed for St Kevin's.
In their second game against Wolfe tones St. Kevin's played much better but again were beaten by a better team on the day. Cameron Maher, Tom Matthews , Logan Taaffe and James Stokes impressed and there was some great goalkeeping from Joe McArdle and Robert Matthews.
St Kevin's: Roisin Maguire, Tom Matthews, Logan Taaffe, Leon McGovern, Daniel O'Connell, James Stokes, Joe Mc Ardle, Keenan Maher, Cameron Maher, Josh Finley, Jack Stokes, Robert Matthews, Jacob Finley
ST JOSEPH'S held their first U10 blitz of the year at a bitterly cold and windy Cluskey Park with Dowdallshill, Stabannon Parnells and Westerns attending.
St Josephs: Shea McCann, Cian Sheridan, Rory McLoughlin, Kyle Gibney, Jack Matthews, James Connolly, Sean Sweeney, Ryan Clarke-Doran, Killian McDonnell, Bary Keogh, Caoimhe Boyle, Tadgh Corr, Killian McNally
THIS year's Louth U14 Hurling Feile na nGael Final will be contested by Naomh Moninne and the Knockbridge/Geraldines combination team following the latest round of games played in Termonfeckin last week.
Both teams along with St Fechins went into the second round of games with one win a piece from the first round of games played on Tuesday April 2. Results from Round One: Naomh Moninne 1-8 Knockbridge/Geraldines 0-1; St Fechins 2-0 Naomh Moninne 1-1; Knockbridge/Geraldines 1-0 St Fechins 0-0.
The first game played last Tuesday saw Naomh Moninne taking on holders St Fechins and it was the Dundalk outfit who recorded a comprehensive victory on a final score line of 6-9 to 0-0. Top scorer for Moninne was their centre half forward Darren Geoghegan with 2-6.
The second game saw the Knockbridge/Geraldines side taking on St Fechins and it was the combination side who won out in a low scoring encounter by 1-2 to 1-0.
Rounding off proceedings on the night was the clash of Moninne and Knockbridge/Geraldines with both clubs knowing that they were guaranteed to meet in the final thanks to their earlier victories. With Darren Geoghegan again top scoring with 1-3 it was Moninne who won out on a scoreline of 1-6 to 0-1. The combination sides point was scored by Padraig Cunningham.
Both these sides will meet again in the Final on Tuesday April 30. Results from Round Two: Naomh Moninne 6-9 St Fechins 0-0; Knockbridge/Geraldines 1-2 St Fechins 1-0; Naomh Moninne 1-6 Knockbridge 0-1.
NAOMH MONINNE: Ryan Conophy, Padraig Fallon, James Cushnahan, James Prendergast, Eoin Murphy, Oisin Murtagh, Matthew Fee, Feidhelm Joyce, Darren Geoghegan, James Shevlin, Sean Bellew, Ciaran McGlynn, James Murphy, Eoghan Smith, Tadhg Litchfield, Gene Murtagh, Kyle Rafferty, Ultan McEneaney, Ben Walsh, Luke Murray, Paul Hamill, Eoin O Hora, Oisin Conroy, Caoilte O Rourke, Reece O Hanlon.
KNOCKBRIDGE/GERALDINES: Adam Plunkett, Philip Tynan, Darren Bailey, Brendan Molloy, Liam Rooney, Michael Belton, Neil Thornton, Ronan Murphy, Yuriy Dovhan, Conor Quigley, Padraig Cunningham, Ben Kieran, David Lait, Tom McDonagh, Mark Hilliard, David Hayes, Conor Johnson, Oisin Hughes, Cathal McElroy.
REFEREE: Kevin Brady.