NEWTOWN BLUES 6-8
BAILE TALUN 1-8
NEWTOWN Blues opened up their U-18 League Division 1 campaign with an impressive win over Baile Talun in Tallanstown.
From the word go and with a strong wind on their backs Blues were in control of this game.
Conor Moore playing on the forty, scored their two opening points and James Carter was then taken down in the square and was awarded a penalty which he scored himself.
Conor Moore again broke through defence and palmed their second goal to the net from a great pass by Dillon Curran. Two more goals followed quickly from James Carter and Dillon Curran before Baile Talun registered their first score of the game on the stroke of half time.
It looked like it was going to be a game of two halves as Baile Talun were first off the mark in the second half scoring three unanswered points and winning a lot of ball around midfield.
Then, against the run of play James Carter playing in the square, won a ball sent in by Kiernan Cluskey Kelly to score his second point of the match.. This was followed by a well taken goal from Alan Wilton who rounded his marker and sent a bullet of a shot to the roof of the net.
Baile Talun never gave up and followed up with two points and a goal but this was cancelled out again when Alan Wilton went on to score his second goal followed soon after by another goal from Dillon Curran and points by Kieran Downey, Shane Byrne and John Connolly.
NEWTWOWN BLUES: Conor Barton, Kevin Carr, Andrew McCann, Lee Synott, Ryan Coyle, John Connolly, Conor Farrell, Kieran Cluskey-Kelly, Podge Corret, Ronan McQuaile, Conor Moore, Danny Rothwell, Dillor Curran, James Carter and Alan Wilton. Subs: Kieran Downey for Ronan McQuaile, Shane Byrne for Ryan Coyle, Ross Guildea for Danny Rothwell and Conor Ayson for Dillon Curran.
KILKERLEY EMMETS 2-10
ROCHE EMMETS 3-5
KILKERLEY Emmets scored a two point win over neighbours, Roche Emmets in their opening U-18 Division 2 League game.
On target for the winners were, Darren Litchfield 1-3, Daniel McKeown 1-2, Tadhg McEneaney 0-2, Conaill McEneaney 0-1, James Bellew 0-1, David Rogers 0-1.
KILKERLEY: Martin Connolly, Ben Mulholland, Cillian Mulligan, Padraic McGeough, Adam Shields, Neil Mulholland, Shane Roddy, David Rogers, Conaill McEneaney, James Bellew, Conor Kirk, Daire Flanagan, Daniel McKeown, Tadhg McEneaney, Darren Litchfield. Sub: Niall McEnteggart for B Mulholland.
CLAN NA GAEL 4-10
JOHN MITCHELS 2-6
CLANS proved to be the stronger side against the John Mitchels in this Minor League Division 2 clash.
The Dundalk side edged ahead narrowly at the end of a good first half as they went in leading by 3-2 to 2-4 at half time.
In the second half they upped their performance and added another goal to help secure a 10-point win.
This was an overall good team performance for the Castletown outifit as they ran out winners with best players on the night including, Dami, Gavin Gaffey, Ciaran O'Connor and Stephen Coleman
CLAN NA GAEL: Sean Smith, Ryan Hoey, Georgie McEntaggart, Keane Hoey, Daniel English, Jason Murphy, Dami, Adam Lynch 0-1, Robbie Curran 0-2, Dean Browne 1-1, Stephen Coleman 0-1, Kevin Carroll 0-1, Gavin Gaffey 2-2, Ciaran O'Connor 1-2, John Byrne
ST JOSEPHS 1-9
NA PIARSAIGH 3-1
ST JOSEPH'S kicked off their Minor league campaign against Na Piarsaigh.
In a very evenly contested first half Na Piarsaigh were ahead by a point at the break, St. Josephs 1-3 Na Piarsaigh 2-1.
In that first half the midfield pairing for the Joes was very prominent with a goal from Dean Matthews and two fine points from Ciaran Gallagher.
Na Piarsaigh increased their lead with a goal after ten minutes of the second half. However despite many close calls that was their last score of the game.
A point from Ciaran Gallagher left a goal between the sides. With fifteen minutes to go the Joes brought Dalton McNamee and Ryan Lynch into the attack and moved Craig Doherty to midfield.
Dean Matthews led the comeback with a tremendous performance kicking three fine points to bring the sides level with five minutes to go. Joes took the lead when Dalton
McNamee sent a left footed shot over the bar.
The scoring was completed with probably the best score of the game when Stephen Carron soled out of defence and struck a fine point from out on the right wing.
This was very much a team performance led by the midfield pairing of captain Ciaran Gallagher and Dean Matthews who had excellent game covering in defence and top scoring with a goal and three points.
Andrew Kierans had a powerful game at full back ably assisted by Craig Sharkey. A very strong half back line was well marshalled by Conner McQuillan at centre half and very well supported by his two wing men Christopher Williams and Stephen Carron.
Up front Liam Keenan and Craig Doherty led the attack, assisted by Niall Campbell and Dalton McNamee.
St. Josephs: Dean Matthews (1-3), Ciaran Gallagher (0-3), Liam Keenan (0-1), Dalton McNamee (0-1) and Stephen Carron (0-1).
KEVINS/N FIONNBARRA 3-8
ST NICHOLAS 2-6
ST KEVINS/N FIONNBARRA got off the mark in impressive style with a five point win in this Minor League Division 3 game played in Togher.
The home side won this game thanks to a great team effort, with a feature of the match being some great defending from Ricky Dolan and Thomas Gregory.
With the hard working midfield duo of Sean Callan and Conor Lenihan supplying the forwards with plenty of ball the locals went in 1-5 to 1-2 ahead at the break after Jack Healy done the spade work for Kyle Murphy to goal.
Goals early in the second half from Darren mc Mullen and Dannon Mc Mahon seemed to open a big gap but the Drogheda outfit dug deep to cut the gap to five at the end.
Best for the winners were Evan Meehan, Dannon Mc Mahon, Kyle Murphy. Ciaran Lynch.
Kevins/ Barrs: D Mc Mahon 1-1, K Murphy 1-1 D Mc Mullen 1-0, S Callan 0-3, C Lynch 0-2, C Lenihan 0-1.
ST JOSEPHS 4-5
KILKERLEY/NH MALACHI 4-2
CLUSKEY Park saw an opening-round win for St. Joseph's in a very evenly and fairly contested U-14 League Division 2 game.
Kilkerley started strongly with excellent displays from midfield and up front to lead by 4-1 to 1-3 at the end of the first half.
St Joseph's started the second half with real intent and saw shots rebounding off the posts and bouncing around the goals area yet neither team scored until the final 15 mins.
An excellent display by Gabriel Bell and Kalen Conroy upfront saw Joe's score 3-2 to a single point from Kilkerley/Nh Malachai to finish the game 4-0 (St. Joseph's) to 4-2 (Kilkerley).
The game was played in a sporting manner by both teams with an excellent save by Joe's goalie Shane Barron, staunch defending from Lorcan Murphy and Thomas Mc Guinness and a great example of a skill not often seen - a diving block from Oisin Mc Guinness. Young Joe's players performing well on a big pitch included Conor Neary, Donal Johnston and Paul Coyne.
ST KEVINS 3-3
A MOSTentertaining U-14 League Division 4 game played in Philipstown saw the teams share the points.
The locals dominated early on and took their goal opportunities to lead by 2-1 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. However, the Dreadnots settled and both Conor Shevlin and Cian Thornton scored a point each to reduce the deficit.
The Kevins tapped over another point before Carl Monaghan and Shevlin were both in the right position to finish off some good moves for the Dreadnots. The half-time score was St Kevins 2-2 Dreadnots 0-4.
The second half saw continued pressure from the Clogherhead lads and Monaghan added two great scores before a speculative effort from David Faulkner ended up in the back of the Philipstown net to put the Dreadnots ahead.
Undeterred, St Kevins cleverly worked the ball upfield and almost immediately goaled to regain the lead. Spirited defending from Phil Kirk and Jason Smith kept the Dreadnots in the game and although the Kevins kicked another point, the Dreadnots managed another goal when Cody Bradley capitalised on a defensive error to draw the match.
Both teams had a number of chances to win the game but overall a draw represented a fair outcome. Kevin Levins refereed and kept the match flowing. nicely.
Best players for the Clogherhead side were, P Kirk, C Johnson, J Smith, C McCullough, J Moore.
Dreadnots: D Faulkner, C Bradley 1-0 each, C Monaghan 0-3, C Shevlin 0-2, C Thornton 0-1.
St Kevins 3-2
ST KEVIN'S will be pleased with this convincing win over the Dreadnots, on a fine Spring evening at the Kevin's pitch.
It was a good performance by the home team, who enjoyed fitness levels that the Clogherhead boys couldn't match.
TJ Doheny and Aaron Dowling scored two cracking goals; Ronan Sands got a 'lucky' goal and a very well converted 45', and Cormac Rogers scored a sweet point, but the win had as much to do with the work rate of the always impressive Finbarr Lynch and the ever fearless David O'Connell.
Finbarr also managed to carry off an excellent save in the second half, and his inspiring display warrants the man of the match honour. Conor Rogers should have gone home happy as he gave 100% in the midfield, and his catching and fielding was excellent.
There was plenty of intelligent passing and skill on display from TJ Doheny and Caoilin Mc Mullen. Evan and Ciaran Logue combined pace and courage to outshine their markers for most of the game. Brian Callaghan was unlucky not to get on the score sheet, but worked hard to assist Aaron Dowling in a great second half goal. Katie Mathews did not start, but once on the pitch, showed she was well fit for the boys and her brother Tom ran, blocked, shimmied and made life difficult for the Clogherhead forwards for the whole match.
Newcomers Sean Powderley, Scott Mc Hugh and Conor Mc Ardle could mix it as well as their more experienced team-mates, and the ever versatile Brandon Johnson performed equally as well in goals as outfield.
The Kevins will be anxious to improve on their accuracy, and get a higher score-count which would reflect their work rate, but with their wides being the result of hitting the post and crossbar, that should come sooner rather than later.
A great start to the season; well done to the both sets of players and their coaches.
St Nicholas 5-15
St Nicholas got there under-12 campaign off to a winning start last Friday night in Stabannon.
St Nicholas dominated the opposition from the start and controlled the game with Ryan Farrell and Padraic Downey in the half back line supporting the dominant midfield pairing of Rory Hanlon and Femi Famousi.
Quick delivery of the ball from the full back line through the half backs and midfield and then on to the free scoring forwards was a joy to watch with all players showing a high level of skill.
Tadhg Penthony and Jack Rooney were very productive in front of goal and the backs of Conor Dyas, Sean McCann and Eve Martin gave nothing away all night. Sean White, Harry Martin and Arron McGowan also played their part in the victory, while Jack Browne's distribution to the forwards set up countless scoring opportunities for Stevie Finnegan and Leon Maguire the latter after a great first half in goals came out to play his part out field.
There was some great performances on the night but man of the match was Ryan Farrell who controlled the game and set the platform for victory.
St Nicholas: Leon Maguire 0-3; Conor Dyas, Eve Martin, Sean McCann; Padraic Downey 0-1, Ryan Farrell, Femi Famousi 1-0; Rory Hanlon 1-3, Stevie Finnegan 0-2 ; Jack Browne, Sean White 0-1, Arron McGowan 0-1; Harry Ryan 1-0, Tadgh Penthony 1-3 , Jack Rooney 1-1.