LADIES GAA has never been more popular - but we shouldn’t forget, it was attracting huge crowds over 50 years ago too!
A report from 1968 stated, “Despite the many attractions on Sunday last, a large crowd went along to Mell Park, Drogheda, to witness the semi-finals of the Ladies Football competition. As a result of these games, Varsity, a local team from Wilson & McBrinn, and Garristown Dodgers (Dublin) qualify to meet in the final of the Drogheda Independent Cup.
Varsity (Wilson & McBrinn) defeated Mell Tigers (Drogheda) in a very one-sided affair, by 6-6 to 0-2. The winners were very accurate around the goalmouth and were 2-2 up after ten minutes. They continued to dominate the first half and added a further 2-2 to their score to lead at half-time by 4-4 to nil.
On the resumption, even with the wind behind them, the Tigers made no impression. Although they worked very hard at midfield, they badly lacked a striking forward up front. M. McDonald and B. McEnermey put Varsity further ahead with two well taken points, while Paula and Patsy Martin replied for the Tigers with 0-1 each. But it was the Varsity combination that had the last say in the matter with 2-1 by A. Tinley Scorers : Varsity—M. McDonald, 2-2; B. McEnerney, 2-1; A. Tinley, 2-1; M. Kenny, 0-2. Tigers—Paula and Patsy Martin, 0-1 each.
Best for the winners were M. Kenny, A. Tinley, B. McEnerney, M. Mc-Donald, H. Finglas, while for the losers, O. Clarke, O. Black, P. Martin played well.
Garristown Dodgers (Dublin) defeated Heronstown in the second semi final by 4-2 to 3-1. This was a real sizzling affair, with both teams playing some lovely football. C. Tormey put the Dodgers ahead with a point in the opening minutes. Then B. Carberry had them further ahead when she finished a lovely move to the net. But Heronstown did not take that lying down. R. Halfpenny shot a fine goal that encouraged her mates. The Dodgers struck back with goals by C. Tormey and B. Carberry. Heronstown then added a further 2-1 to their tally to leave the half-time score 3-1 each.
On the turn-over, Dodgers faced the breeze and had to work hard to keep the Heronstown forwards at bay. Both teams missed good scoring chances and the issue of play was fairly even. In the last quarter, the Dodgers struck the front with a goal by B. Carberry who was the marksgirl of the day, scoring three of her side’s four goals.
Heronstown then threw everything into the attack but the Dodgers withstood it all. P. Murphy had another point for the Dodgers to clinch the . Best for the winners were Annmarie Rodgers, U. Tormey, E. Mulvanney, B. Carberry and M. Fitzpatrick, while N English, B. Woods, M. Finnegan, M Duff, R. Halfpenny were best for Heronstown. Scorers : B. Carberry, 3-0; C. Tormey, 1-1; M. Finnegan, 0-1 for Dodgers For Heronstown : R. Halfpenny, 2-0;. Gilsenan, 1-0; M. Finnegan, 0-1.”
Ciaran’s work of art
Well done to Ciaran Dunlevy on his Fionn and Salmon of Knowledge mural on Dyer Street. It has been coming together very nicely in recent weeks and is now a wonderful focal point for the town. Can’t wait to see the other projects taking shape over the next year.
When Richie Culhane made his Utd debut
A report from March 1984 when a certain well known GAA star made his Drogheda Utd debut.
“Drogheda United Reserves restored some of their lost pride when they gained three points from two away games in the Egan Cash and Carry sponsored Combination League played over the past week.
Dundalk Reserves 0 Drogheda Utd Res 0. Feature of the game at Oriel Park on Wednesday evening last was the promising performance of Newtown Blues and Louth G.A.A. player Richie Culhane who made his debut for Drogheda United in midfield. His display impressed Paddy Corbally the club’s assistant manager. There was nothing between two evenly matched teams. Drogheda Unitd Res: J. O’Flanagan, J. O’Leary, B. Quinn, C. Campbell, A. Matthews, J. Johnson, G. Richadson, D. Culhane, R. Bayly, J. Walters, D. Murphy. 12 G. Coughlan. 13 J. Duff.
Dublin University O Drogheda Utd. Res 3. On Saturday Drogheda United Res. registered their first win of 1984 in the League when they defeated Dublin University 3-0 at Santry. This game featured the performance of Donal Murphy who scored all three goals for the winners.
Chamber to play its part
THE Joint Policing Committee held its public meeting last week and it was great to see Robert Murray, President of Drogheda Chamber. comment on the fact that the business community was there and available to assist and support initiatives. I think total inclusion of all high profile organisations in the town is vital for the future.
McGinn and Hackett found the target
THERE were some great football teams down the years - and some have remained and some have gone. One name consigned to history is Mell Celtic. I came across a report on them from 1968.
“Mell Celtic visited Trim on Sunday last to engage the local side in an opening game in the Leinster Junior League Div. Ill, and came home victorious by 4-1. The greasy ball made conditions difficult for the players, with the result the play never reached a high standard.
“The winners laid .the foundation for their success by scoring all their goals in the space of ten minutes midway through the first half. F. McGinn, with a strong drive, opened their account, and this was followed by two defensive blunders that allowed F. McGinn and V. Hackett to increase the lead. P. Campbell completed the Mell total with a great 20 yards drive giving the goalie no chance. Play in the second period was very scrappy, and ten minutes from time Trim reduced arrears. Clutterbuck, Byrne . F. McGinn and Campbell were best for the winners.”
George was a great journalist
IT was great to hear Cllr Pearse McGeough give due credit to the late George Connolly at the last meeting of the Ardee Municipal Council. The Castlebellingham man worked in the Dundalk Democrat for mnay years as a reporter and had a great love of the local history of the Castlebellingham area.