Sunday 17 December 2017

Rathkenny, St Patrick's get off the mark

Meath GAA: All County ‘A’ Football League

Sean Wall

After suffering two heavy defeats Rathkenny finally got their first points of the division one campaign when inflicting a third successive defeat on the home side last Sunday.

Rathkenny 2-11 Dunshaughlin 0-13

Both sides were desperate to end their losing sequence and despite playing against the breeze Rathkenny were level at 0-4 each in the early stages. Jack Gore (three) and Robbie Garry were on target in that spell but Dunshaughlin then enjoyed a purple patch during which they went five points clear. However Rathkenny fought back towards the end of the half and closed the gap when Conor Brennan set up goal for a crucial goal.

With the elements in their favour in the second half Rathkenny gained the upperhand and were boosted by a second goal, Sean Mongey fisting to the net after Ivan Lenehan's shot was deflected into his path.

Subs Caolach Halligan and Donal Curtis made an impression in the Rathkenny attack in that second half with Halligan accounting for three points and the Meath senior selector also on the mark.

Dunshaughlin pressed hard to get back into contention but the Rathkenny defence held firm with keeper Colin Curtis making a couple of excellent saves.

RATHKENNY: Colin Curtis; Joe Gore, Ross Gore, Niall Brannigan; Cathal McCabe, Christy Meade, Ronan Martin; Brian Meade, Robbie Garry 0-2; Jack Gore 1-5, Ivan Lenehan, Brian Lenehan; Jack Thompson, Sean Mongey 1-0, Conor Brennan. Subs: Donal Curtis 0-1 for Martin, Caolach Halligan 0-3 for Brennan, Colm Gore for I Lenehan.


A late-scoring burst which saw them land the last five points of the game gave St Patrick's their first league win in Seneschalstown on Sunday afternoon.

The concession of a sloppy early goal saw Seneschalstown up against it and at half time they trailed 0-5 to 1-4. The Yellow Furze outfit also found kicking points tricky with a strong crossfield wind.

Niall Mooney who ended with a personal tally of 1-6 accounted for the St Patrick's goal while Mooney, Shane Landy (two) and Donal Landy contributed the points.

Two second half goals from Jonathan Gilsenan and Robert Wogan pushed Seneschalstown into the lead but despite seeming to have the momentum but failed to add to their tally allowing the Stamullen seize the initiative and the points. St Patrick's ended with 14 following the dismissal of Donal Landy.

ST PATRICK'S: Ciaran Sullivan; Shane Byrne, Kieran Lynch, Adam Byrne; Alan Vickers, David McQuillan, John Curtis; Barry Mooney, Shane Dowling; Shane Landy 0-3, Donal Landy 0-1, David Stafford 0-1; Darren Hagan, Niall Mooney 1-6, Neil O'Flaherty 0-1. Subs: Diarmuid Quinn for McQuillan, Ray Russell for B Mooney, Mooney for Dowling, Shane McGinty for Curtis.

SENESCHALSTOWN: David Gordon; Conor Cowley, David Matthews, Ronan Conneely; Niall Hickey, John Smith 0-1, Brian Maguire; Sean Noonan, Damien Sheridan; Ross Howard, Joe Sheridan 0-1, Niall Groome; Robert Wogan 1-1, Brian Sheridan 0-1, Bryan Clarke. Subs: Jonathan Gilsenan 1-3) for Maguire, Eddie Meade for Noonan, Dylan Doyle for Howard.

Drogheda Independent

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