All County B League Division 5 Final
Drumconrath 1-14 St Brigid's 0-9
Drumconrath collected the Juni Dillon Cup in fine fashion at Headquarters on Saturday with a deserved win over a gallant St Brigid's side. This was an important win for the Club, only the Clubs second ever 2nd team title coming 15 years after the 1st one back at the turn of the Millennium in 2000.
Drums had 6 survivors 15 years later in Captain John McDermott, goalkeeper and manager Sean Kane with Alan Dunne and Leighton Irwin made appearance as Substitutes while Sean Reilly and Ollie McMahon who had answered the call in earlier rounds also making contributions.
Daniel Myles beats Jamie Maguire St Brigids to the ball
Drumconrath had competed in Division 5 for the past 6 years and the Rules and Regulations in that Division had helped the Club no end through some very tough years as they now emerge in good stead to attempt to tackle the higher grade in 2016.
A light shower had fallen during the warm up but the clouds cleared to turn into a lovely bright August Saturday as these Clubs from the opposite ends of North County Meath both straddling the Ulster Border with St Brigid's picking from the Meath portion of the Mountnugent parish among the Stonewalls and scenic area around Mullaghmeen and Ballinacree while the Reds also pick from a half Parish around 30 miles to the East amid the Drumlins on the Cavan, Monaghan, Louth border.
Both Clubs are real Traditional Rural Junior Clubs and while both have played at Intermediate level emergration and lack of local building have impacted on the clubs over the years and both amalgamate with neighbouring clubs to put out competitive underage teams and every effort is made to get every available player to pull on the boots something that is needed to ensure survival.
A foul on corner forward Gavin Finnegan
St Brigid's started sprightly with Hugh Fannin belting over a fine point within the 1st minute which seen the Sky Blue and Navy Flags awaving.
An action packed 1st ten minutes seen the side level at 0-3 each as Daniel Myles had lifted the Drumconrath crowd with a fine point in answer to the Brigid's early sortie. Joseph Blake and Andrew Geraghty were looking lively up front for the North West men with Blake looking deadly on frees but Tomas Conlon who had his finest match ever in the Red jersey and 17 year old Daniel Byrne answered these scores, Byrne pointing after a great run from Captain John McDermott.
Points on 9,10 and 15 minutes put St Brigid's 3 points ahead as Drumconrath wide tally rose to total 9 in that 1st half and 12 over the hour.
The recent return of Terry Skelly from Australia was a big boost to Drumconrath
Terry Skelly and Conlon began to dominate around the middle third and 3 Byrne points (2 free's) had the game level coming up to half time as St Brigid'd goals lived a charmed life as Gavin Finnegan hammered a shot off the crossbar and their goalie saved a Daniel Myles shot. Soon after Colm McEvoy also thwarted a St Brigids goal bound shot by pushing it onto the crossbar as the Drums Cavalry arrive to get the leather to safety. Byrne pointed a free late on to give Drums 0-6 to 0-5 half time lead.
Drums management took some remedial action at the break introducing the evergreen Alan Dunne and pushing Patrick Carolan to Centre Forward with Conor O'Halloran going to wing back. All 3 switches worked well with Carolan winning vital possession in that 3rd quarter.
Carolan pointed 2 minutes in and further points from Myles and Conlon both toying for point of the game gave Drums a 3 point lead. Some fine defending from Colm McEvoy, Cathal Dunne and Centre back Aidan Tighe kept the St Brigids attack under tabs as captain McDermott marshalled all well. OHalloran was also having an influence with a few timely interception and some accurate deliveries into attack.
Waiting for their captains speech
Blake did point a free but with Terry Skelly displaying his class despite having been in Australia for the past 3 years and with his display in the middle third of this half and a fine point cancelled out that Blake score.
A great Drumconrath move saw Daniel Myles deliver a 40m pinpoint pass to Carolan who still had some work to do but calmly turned inside his man to deliver a pass to the in rushing Byrne who slotted home as the roof in Navan was tested to the limit with the Drumconrath cheers.
Drums were 6 to the good entering the last quarter and Byrne pointed a free on 47 to leave Drums 7 to the good. St Brigid's hit back with 2 points as Skelly fired over with 7 minutes to go. Carolans game was done as his injured Hamstring gave way and Sean McMahon and Dylan Dardis came in.
Team captain John McDermott is presented with the Juni Dillon Cup
Another St Brigid's point narrowed the gap but Blake shot wide as Sean Kane's giant frame put pressure on the shooter. Kane's kickouts throughout the game where a big plus to the Reds.
OHalloran hit a fine point with 57 minutes gone and soon after St Brigids were reduced to 14 when a player picked up a 2nd yellow after a late challenge on the same player. Skelly capped an excellent performance with another point as Drums emptied the dugout with Leighton Irwin, Patrick Dunne and Patrick Farrelly entering the fray.
Drumconrath clubman and County Vice Chairman Peter OHalloran had the pleasant task of presenting the Cup to proud Captain John McDermott as Pairc Tailteann emptied as the crowds retreated home for the celebration which lasted until daylight came again.
Drumconrath: Sean Kane; Colm McEvoy, John McDermott, Cathal Dunne; Robert McEntaggart, Aidan Tighe, Brendan Crosby; Terry Skelly (0-3), Tomas Conlon (0-2); Conor O'Halloran (0-1), Gavin Finnegan, Damien Glass; Daniel Myles (0-2), Patrick Carolan (0-1), Daniel Byrne (1-5). Subs; Alan Dunne for Crosby, Sean McMahon for Carolan, Dylan Dardis for Myles, Patrick Farrelly for Byrne, Patrick Dunne for McEvoy, Leighton Irwin for Finnegan. Terry Halpenny, Alan McEvoy, David Hickey, Stephan Lynch, Conor Martin, Sean Reilly and Ollie McMahon
Thomas Carolan and Eoin Martin played in the early rounds before the Top 10 list had to be changed
Drumconrath into Final
Drumconrath 1-17 Boardsmill 2-7
Drumconrath qualified for the Division 5 B League Final with a win over homeside Boardsmill in damp conditions on Sunday morning.
Daniel Byrne on the Ball
Drums got off to a good start with the 1st point of the game but Boardsmill soon took the lead with two points of their own.
Drumconrath hit 8 points in a row while wind assisted from Gavin Finnegan (2), Paddy Carolan, Conor OHalloran, Daniel Myles, Daniel Byrne (2) and Brendan Crosby to set up a commanding lead and when Daniel Byrne found the net on 23 minutes it was looking good for Drums who needed at least a draw make the top two in the table.
Boardsmill did manage the next two points but Drums added three more scores from Myles, Carolan and O'Halloran all points but a Boardsmill goal just on the half time whistle showed the home side were up for a game and while they trailed 1-12 to 1-4 they did have the considerable breeze behind them in the second half.
The 3rd quarter belonged to the visitors but only managed 3 points with Byrne frees (2) and Finnegan also pointed and when Boardsmill hit a purple patch to score 1-3 to narrow the gap to 5.
Drumconrath weathered the storm and late points from Myles and Finnegan saw the Reds collect both points and a meeting with St Brigids in the Final a first B League Final for the since 2000 when the B League Division 3 was won captained by Peter O'Halloran with Sean Kane and John McDermott both on that team along with Mickle Reilly, Ollie McMahon and Leighton Irwin who have also made appearances during this campaign.
Drumconrath; Sean Kane; Cathal Dunne, John McDermot, Colm McEvoy; Robert McEntaggart, Aiden Tighe, Brendan Crosby (0-1); Sean McMahon, Terry Halpenny; Daniel Myles (0-3), Conor O'Halloran (0-2), Tomas Conlon (0-1); Gavin Finnegan (0-4), Paddy Carolan (0-2), Daniel Byrne (1-4). Sub Alan Dunne for Carolan.
BFL Division 5 Round 6
Drumconrath 2-13 Clonard 1-9
Drumconrath sitting on top of the Division 5 table made a concerted effort to ensure that a team would be fielded for this game a difficult trip to the South end of County Meath.
In recent times Drums have scraped together numbers to field in the A League but lucky enough a number of lads finished up the Leaving Cert today and despite the attraction of the bright lights of Carrickmacross and Threesome Monday they traveled the journey and were rewarded with the points and of course a lift to Carrick on the way home.
This victory keeps Drums top of the table and in with a good chance of making a B League Final for the 1st time since 2000.
Drums started well with points from 2 good Carrickmacross Candidates Colm McEvoy and Daniel Byrne. Clonard in the local surrounds hit 1-1 in the 6th minute to take the lead and while Daniel Myles scored a good point in the 10th minute, Clonard soon cancelled this out.
Gavin Finnegan pointed and when Alan McEvoy scored a free off the ground in the 22nd minute the game was level. Finnegan again and Paddy Carolan added points but Clonard ended the 1st half scoring with a point of their own to leave Drums 0-7 to 1-3 up at the break.
Drumconrath came out of their half time huddle in determined fashion and with wing backs Robert McEntaggert and Conor OHalloran ranging forward Finnegan was on hand to point twice. OHalloran was then fouled in the penalty area and while Byrne struck the penalty well the Clonard keeper made a fine save as he pushed the penalty onto the post and away to safety.
The home side lifted their game and three points in a row had the game level by the 37th minute but two quick fire goals within a minute the 1st from Paddy Carolan after a good delivery from Tomas Conlon and then Carolan won another long ball and set up Daniel Byrne to give Drumconrath a strong foothold in the game.
Six points up and 20 minutes to go it was looking good for Drums but on the next attack Clonard won a penalty of their own but Terry Halpenny pulled off a fine save and clearance to keep the visitors in control 2-9 to 1-6.
Clonard pointed on 43 minutes but Byrne kept the 6 point differance with a point. Daniel Myles soon added another and after that the sides shared 4 points with Byrne and Finnegan getting Drumconrath's pair.
Drums can be happy with this away victory as Terry Halpenny deputized well for Player/Coach Sean Kane with John McDermott playing a real Captains role at full back supported with by Cathal Dunne, Robert McEntaggert and Aiden Tighe.
Up front Carolan and Byrne did well getting the vital goals while Gavin Finnegan's tally of 5 points was also of high importance as maybe more than the Leaving Cert lads felt like Carrick could be a good spot to head for on the long journey home.
Drumconrath; Terry Halpenny; Cathal Dunne, John McDermott, Brendan Crosby; Robert McEntaggart, Aiden Tighe, Conor O'Halloran; Alan McEvoy (0-1), Tomas Conlon; Daniel Myles (0-2), Gavin Finnegan (0-5), Colm McEvoy (0-1); Dylan Dardis, Paddy Carolan (1-1), Daniel Byrne (1-3). Sub Stephan Lynch for Dardis.
B League Division 5 Round 5
Drumconrath 3-21 Seneschalstown 0-7
Drumconrath had their second win of the week in the B Leagues with this high scoring victory over Seneschalstown.
In truth it was one way traffic throughout with Conor O'Halloran finding the net on 12 mins to give Drums a 1-12 to 0-3 half time lead.
There was a similar story in the 2nd half with late goals from John McDermott and Alan Dunne adding more misery to the visitors. Drums welcomed back Terry Halpenny for his 1st game in a number of years after a knee injury.
Drumconrath; Terry Halpenny; Colm McEvoy (0-1), Cathal Dunne; Brendan Crosby, Aiden Tighe, Robert McEntaggart (0-1); Sean McMahon (0-4), Tomas Conlon (0-2); Daniel Myles (0-6), Conor O'Halloran (1-2), Daniel Byrne; John McDermott (1-0), Gavin Finnegan (0-4). Subs Alan Dunne (1-1), Alan McEvoy, Patrick Dunne.
All County Football B League Division 5
Drumconrath 6-22 Wolfe Tones 0-5
Drumconrath scored a big win over a weakened Wolfe Tones 3rd string in this B League game on Tuesday.
It was one way traffic from the start with Drums leading 4-12 to 0-4 at the break and they went on to dominate the 2nd half also and now top the table on score difference.
Sean McMahon top scored with 2-6 with Gavin Finnegan grabbing 1-5 and Daniel Myles 1-4.
Drumconrath; Sean Kane; Colm McEvoy, Cathal Dunne; Robert McEntaggert (0-1), Aiden Tighe, Damien Glass; Sean McMahon (2-6), Tomas Conlon (1-1); Daniel Myles (1-4), Gavin Finnegan (1-5), John McDermott(0-1); Paddy Carolan (0-2), Daniel Byrne (1-1). Subs; Alan Dunne (0-1), Dylan Dardis and Brendan Crosby.
All County B League
Division 5 Round 3
Drumconrath 4-13 Carnaross 1-12
Drumconrath got their B League ambitions back on track with this win over Carnaross on Saturday.
Drums got off to a good start with a fine Sean McMahon point which was followed by a neat point from Daniel Myles.
A Conor O'Halloran goal with seemed to be saved by the Carnaross goalie but ended up the net gave Drums a healthy lead.
Carnaross got going and with Paul Donoghue and Cian Reilly showing well pointed 3 times on the bounce but Eoin Martin fired over after a good run. Two fine long distance frees from Alan McEvoy gave Drums confidence and when Paddy Carolan flicked to the net they where 8 points ahead. The teams added 2 more points each before the half ended with Tomas Conlon and Gavin Finnegan hitting the target for the home side as the half ended with Drumconrath leading 2-7 to 0-5.
Drumconrath started the 2nd half with the point of the game as Colm McEvoy pointed after 30 seconds. Carnaross now wind assisted played better in this half and had scored 3 points to leave just 2 goals between the sides. Finnegan and another fine long distance free from Alan McEvoy kept the Drums score board ticking over but 4 points without reply had only 4 points betwen the sides with 10 minutes left on the clock. 2-10 to 0-12.
Conlon got another lease of life and pointed twice as Sean McMahon added another. The game ended with 3 goals firstly Robert McEntaggert on his adult debut tapped in from close range and then Carnaross scored from a 13 metre free with a fine shot against a packed goal line. Conlon finished the scoring as he netted in injury time.
Cathal Dunne, Brendan Crosby, Alan McEvoy and Sean McMahon did well for Drumconrath.
Drumconrath; Sean Kane; Cathal Dunne, Aiden Tighe, John McDermott; Damien Glass, Colm McEvoy (0-1), Brendan Crosby; Alan McEvoy (0-3), Tomas Conlon (1-3); Eoin Martin (0-1), Sean McMahon (0-2), Conor O'Halloran (1-0); Gavin Finnegan (0-2), Paddy Carolan (1-0), Daniel Myles (0-1). Subs; Robert McEntaggert (1-0) for Myles, Ollie McMahon for McDermott, Dylan Dardis for Finnegan, Daniel Byrne for O'Halloran, Alan Dunne for Carolan and O'Halloran for A McEvoy.
All County B League
Moynalty 0-16 Drumconrath 1-8
Moynalty proved best in the Battle of the Reds in the B League game played under lights in windy Moynalty on Friday night.
In truth the home side held the upper hand and made good use of the breeze to lead 0-8 to 0-2 at the break although Eoin Martin continued his recent good form by scoring the 1st point of the game on 2 minutes.
When Drumconrath scored their 2nd through Sean McMahon after 18 minutes the home side had pointed 4 times at that stage. During the remaining 12 minutes of the half they doubled their tally to lead by 6 at the break.
Drumconrath opened the 2nd half scoring within the 1st minute when Conor O'Halloran pointed and soon after Paddy Carolan left 4 points between the sides but soon Moynalty had added 3 points of their own.
The game continued in a similar frame as Gavin Finnegan, Daniel Myles (2) and Tomas Conlon all added point but the sending off of Thomas Carolan and the loss of influential substitute Alan McEvoy hindered Drumconrath's attempted comeback as Moynalty added 5 points to the growing tally.
Damien Glass fired home a late goal to stir the Drums but by then Moynalty had the points in the bag.
Drumconrath; Sean Kane; Colm McEvoy, Thomas Carolan, Dylan Dardis; Damien Glass (1-0), John McDermott, Eoin Martin (0-1); Sean McMahon (0-1), Tomas Conlon (0-1); Brendan Crosby, Conor O'Halloran (0-1), Gavin Finnegan (0-1); Daniel Myles (0-2), Paddy Carolan (0-1), Alan Dunne. Subs; Cathal Dunne for Dardis, Alan McEvoy for Dunne, Dunne for McEvoy (BC)
B's Start Well
All County B League Division 5
Drumconrath 3-18 St Brigids 2-6
Drumconrath got their B League season under way with a comprehensive victory over a depleted St Brigids on Sunday morning in this 13 aside game.
A strong 1sthalf display saw the home side lead 1-9 to 0-2 at the beak with Eoin Martin netting the goal. Indeed Martin felt he scored more than the 1-2 credited to him but that’s a story for another day. Further good displays from John McDermott, Damien Glass, Alan McEvoy and Tomas Conlon and Drums where looking good for the 2 points.
St Brigids narrowed the gap to 6 points with a couple of early 2ndhalf goal as their lively half time substitute was causing confusion in the Drumconrath defense.
Drumconrath stemmed the tide as Substitute’s Leighton Irwin and Alan Dunne found the net and with further good displays from debutants Dylan Dardis and Brendan Crosby along with Gavin Finnegan they pulled away for an easy win.
Drumconrath; Sean Kane; Dylan Dardis, John McDermott(0-1); Brendan Crosby, Colm McEvoy (0-1), Damien Glass (0-1); Tomas Conlon (0-3), Alan McEvoy (0-2); Aiden Tighe, Gavin Finnegan (0-2), Conor O’Halloran (0-2); Eoin Martin (1-2), Patrick Carolan (0-2). Subs; Leighton Irwin (1-1) for Carolan and Alan Dunne (1-1) for Martin.