Tuesday 16 January 2018

Duleek spring a surprise

Duleek/Bellewstown's Brian Moore & Casey Dunne with St Peters' Aidan O'Connor. Photo: Colin Bell/
Duleek/Bellewstown's Brian Moore & Casey Dunne with St Peters' Aidan O'Connor. Photo: Colin Bell/

KIERON COLLINS scored what proved to be the winning point as Duleek/Bellewstown upset the odds when kick-starting their league campaign at home last Sunday.


The win made amends for the controversial defeat against Castletown a week earlier and Graham Geraghty's side were full value for their slender win.

The hosts were in front for most of the way and despite a penalty miss from Stephen Nolan were ahead 0-7 to 0-5 at the break.

Conal McGinley accounted for four of those scores and Tony Cunningham, Nolan and John Flood were also on the mark.

Cianan Byrne increased the lead shortly after the restart and the combined side eventually went six points clear by the 50th minute.

McGinley took his tally to five points in that period and Brian Moore, Collins and sub Darren Mills were also on the mark.

Dunboyne staged a revival and boosted by a late goal it set up an exciting finish. The home side had to endure some anxious moments in the closing stages before securing victory.

DULEEK/BELLEWSTOWN: Ricky Nolan, Jason Branigan, Kevin McCann, Kevin Smith; Shane Crosby, Brian Moore 0-1, John McDonnell; Tony Cunningham 0-1, Stephen Nolan 0-1; Casey Dunne, John Flood 0-1, Cianan Byrne 0-1; Kieron Collins 0-2, Conal McGinley 0-5, Darren Heeney. Subs: Darren Mills 0-1 for Heeney, Robbie Clarke for Byrne.



DONAL LANDY sent a timely reminder to the Meath under-21 selectors as he scored both St Patrick's goals in this first win of the campaign at Dunshaughlin last Sunday.

Landy didn't see action at any stage in the Royals' recent win over Louth but showed he hadn't lost his scoring touch, and it was his contribution to the scoring that proved the main difference. The corner forward ended with a personal tally of 2-2, with his second goal the score that ultimately separated the sides at the finish.

The sides were level at the time when Landy struck for his second goal with a little over six minutes remaining. The east Meath outfit then added a point to put the game out of reach.

Landy opened his side's scoring, and with Niall Mooney converting four frees St Patrick's eventually led 0-6 to 0-4 at the break.

St Patrick's extended their lead on the restart before Conor Devereux struck for a Dunshaughlin goal to leave the sides level. Manager Mick Bohan introduced Cormac Sullivan in an effort to stem the aerial dominance of Jack Crimmins and St Patrick's slowly regained control of a game that seemed to be slipping from their grasp.

Landy's opening goal proved a timely tonic on 38 minutes and St Patrick's extended their lead before Dunshaughlin staged a revival with four successive points. Crimmins, Fergus Toolan and Caoimhin King were all on the mark, before Devereux notched the equaliser with seven minutes remaining.

It was anyone's game after that, but Landy seized the initiative with a fine second goal that eventually settled it.

ST PATRICK'S: R Cluskey; D Stafford, R Kearns, D McQuillan; S Dowling, D Hagan, A Mooney; M McKenna, A Vickers; S McGinty, N Mooney 0-5 (4f), B Mooney; D Landy 2-2, N Whearty 0-1, S Landy. Subs: C Sullivan for McKenna, N O'Flaherty 0-1 for McGinty, JP Ryan for S Landy.

DUNSHAUGHLIN: S Clusker; A Doyle, K McTigue, M Ahern; T Johnson, C King, F Delaney; J Crimmins 0-1, R Maloney; F Toolan 0-2, T Dowd 0-1, T Delaney 0-2; C Devereux 1-1, N Kelly, C O'Dwyer 0-2.



HOSTS Navan O'Mahony's repelled a second-half Seneschalstown rally to claim their first points in Division 1 FL.

O'Mahonys led by five points on two occasions but were just one to the good heading into the final quarter.

Two Paddy Smyth points (one free) earned the Brews Hill outfit - who lost at Summerhill first time out - some leeway and goalkeeper Marcus Brennan did his bit with a fine 58th-minute save from sub Ciaran Macken.

Andrew McCann's men opened the scoring through Bryan Clarke and the scores were tied twice in the opening quarter. An excellent Gary O'Brien effort kick-started O'Mahony's best scoring spell.

When David Bray flicked a Jake Regan free to the Seneschalstown net it was 1-4 to 0-2 after 23 minutes. Brian Sheridan's long-range free left just four in it at the break.

Seneschalstown had the better of the third quarter with Shane Clarke getting their goal in the 36th minute. Another Brian Sheridan point trimmed the deficit to the minimum, but that was as good as it got for the Yellow Furze side.

NAVAN O'MAHONY'S: M Brennan; S O'Toole, N McKeigue, I Matthews; B Dillon, S Crosby, G O'Brien 0-1; B Regan, D Moran; H Finnegan, P Smyth 0-2 (1f), S Gillespie 0-1; D Bray 1-2, J Regan 0-2 (2f), D Maguire. Subs: S Keating for Finnegan (43), M Ward for B Regan (48), D Smyth for Gillespie (48), J O'Reilly for Bray (52).

Seneschalstown: D Lyons; P Carey, A Collins, G Sheridan; M Carey, J Cowley, N Groome; R Ruddy, C Noonan; B Clarke 0-1, B Sheridan 0-3 (1f), J Meade; S Clarke 1-1, S Finnegan, D Sheridan. Subs: J Conlon for B Clarke (35), D Hosie for S Clarke (45), C Macken for Finnegan (49), D. Matthews for Noonan (58).



IAN DAVIS scored a goal with the last kick of the game - in the third minute of injury-time - to claim the FL DIvision 1 spoils for Skryne at the expense of visitors Simonstown on Sunday.

SKRYNE: Ian Gillette; Niall Lenehan, Martin Mulvaney, Dermot Brennan; Paddy Fox, David McGoldrick 0-1, Adam O'Sullivan; Aidan Tuite 0-1, Harry Rooney; Kevin O'Reilly, Mark Battersby, Ian Davis 2-5 (5f); Cian Byrne 0-1, Conor O'Brien, Jamie Jordan 0-1.

SIMONSTOWN: R Duffy; S McGivney, I O'Rourke, S O'Reilly; C Wickham, E Donoghue, R O'Connor; D Gaffney 0-1, C Sheridan 0-2; S Moran 0-1, P McKeever 0-1, J Lyons; S Barry 0-2, M McCabe 2-0, J Lunney 0-2. Subs: J Heaney for Wickham, A Kearney 0-1 for Lunney, S Kieran for Heaney.



SECOND-HALF goals by Justin Ennis and Davy Dalton secured a second consecutive A League Division 1 victory for Summerhill at Kilberry last Saturday.

SUMMERHILL: Tony McDonnell; Michael Gorman, Caolan Young, Willie Ryan; Stephen Husband, Alan Lyons, Davy Dalton 1-0; Micheál Byrne 0-2 (2f), Conor Gillespie; David Larkin 0-1, Brian Ennis 0-2 (1f), Adrian Kenny 0-2; Sean Dalton, Damien Byrne, Justin Ennis 1-0. Subs: Eamonn Ryan for S Dalton, Padhraig Geraghty for Ryan.



DESPITE being without Bryan Menton due to the Sigerson Cup and the injured Andrew Tormey, Donaghmore/Ashbourne still had too much power to overcome the visitors' challenge last Saturday evening.

DONAGHMORE/ASHBOURNE: A Colgan; G Deery, C McGill 0-1, S Curran 0-1; S Melia, E Reilly 0-1, P Gilligan 0-3 (2f); R O'Connor, C Carey; C Ellis, D Morgan 0-1, E Riordan 0-1; J Broderick 0-3, T Morgan 1-0, M Devine 0-5 (3f). Subs: C Carton for Riordan, C Beirne for Ellis, JP Casserly for Deery, D Murtagh for T Morgan, I O'Donnell for Gilligan.

CASTLETOWN: R Hoey; J Carry, J Metry, S Duffy; K Smith, G Farrelly, S Hoey; F Hoey, D Cribbin; J Finnerty, S Farrelly 0-3, K Ross 1-2; T Smith 0-1, D Ginnity, D Finney 1-0. Subs: N Smyth for Duffy, R Blaney for Cribbin, M Carroll for Ross, W Donegan for Ginnity.

Drogheda Independent

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