Drumconrath 3-13 Dunshaughlin 0-10
A weakened and under strenght Drumconrath finished their Champion with an easy win over an also depleted Dunshaughlin side in the "dead rubber" on Sunday.
Drums missing 6 players for varying reasons gave Championship debuts to three U17's Cathal Dunne, Robert McEntaggart and Dylan Dardis and all three played really well which bodes well for the future of the Club.
Bouyed on by the recent B League win a confident Drumconrath hit the ground running with 3 Alan Byrne points inside the first 3 minutes. Things got better for the Reds as returning Captain Jamie Myles in his 1st game back from injury since May found the back of the Dunshaughlin net and further points from Byrne (2) and Stephan Crosby had Drums 1-6 to 0-0 ahead after 10 minutes and really the result was never in doubt.
Dunshuaghlin pointed soon after but 3 further Byrne points added to the tally and while Dunshaughlin got more into the game and added 3 points of their own Stephan Crosby scored a goal just on half time to give Drumconrath a 10 point half time lead 2-8 to 0-4.
Crosby added a point inside a minute of the restart and 2 more Byrne points where answered by 4 from an improving Dunshaughlin side who to their credit battled away.
Byrne capped a fine afternoon with a goal on 17 minutes as after that the Drumconrath scoring died down with the sides sharing 4 points Peter Tighe getting his 1st score in 16 years of Championship football and the inevitable Byrne brought his own personal tally to 1-8.
Good displays from John McDermott, Crosby, Byrne and the younger set of Cathal Dunne, Conor OHalloran, Robert McEntaggart, Dylan Dardis and Tomas Conlon as Drums finish off the year and as always hope springs eternal with Terry Skelly back on home soil that Drums can make further strides in 2016.
Drumconrath;Sean Kane; John Lynch, John McDermott, Cathal Dunne; Robert McEntaggart, Peter Tighe (0-1), Conor O'Halloran; Stephan Crosby (1-2), Tomas Conlon; Chris Tighe, Jamie Myles (1-0), Dylan Dardis; Derek Duff, AlanDunne (0-1), Alan Byrne (1-8). Sub Eoin Martin for A Dunne, A. Dunne for Lynch.
Junior Football Championship
Drumconrath 0-8 Simonstown Gaels 0-9
Drumconrath lost to table toppers Simonstown in this Round 4 Junior Championship game in Nobber. As other results today show even a win for Drumconrath would still leave the Reds knocked out of the Championship as both Carnaross and St Peters Dunboyne won their games this morning.
It had all looked so well as with 54 minutes gone Drumconrath led by 3 and Simonstown were down to 14 players after the dismissal of their centre forward on a 2nd yellow card offence.
Drums had done well to be in this posisition as the wide tally for the game showed the North Navan side with 14 to Drumconrath's 2 as Drums made good use of possession.
Simonstown had started well with the 1st point of the game inside the 1st minute but wayward shooting and some fine defending kept them scoreless until County Minor Ben Hoey pointed a 45 just before half time. In between Alan Byrne with frees on 7 and 14 minutes and points from play from Stephan Crosby and Byrne gave Drumconrath a 0-4 to 0-2 lead.
Byrne added a fine score early in the 2nd half after Crosby was hauled down and while Simonstown countered on 37 minutes to keep the gap at 2 points.
Drumconrath through Crosby from play and a close in free pushed Drums 0-7 to 0-3 ahead with 15 minutes to go. Drumconrath began to foul and two pointed frees gave Simonstown hope but Crosby restored the 3 point advantage with 10 minutes to go.
Simonstown continued to be wasteful but the sending off seemed to galvanize them as they hit the last four points of the game on 24 and 28 minutes both free's to narrow the gap to 1 and two injury time points from play to take back the lead for the 1st time since the early minutes of the game.
A season that promised much for Drumconrath has ended with this 4th round loss and they must face into the last round with little to play for other than pride when they face Dunshaughlin in 2 weeks time.
Drumconrath; Sean Kane; John Lynch, Thomas Carolan, Colm McEvoy; John McDermott, Peter Tighe, Aidan Tighe; Terry Skelly, Chris Tighe; Alan Byrne (0-4), Tomas Conlon, Gavin Finnegan; Derek Duff, Stephan Crosby (0-4), Conor O'Halloran. Subs; Damien Glass for McDermott, Cathal Dunne for McEvoy, Peter McEvoy for C Tighe (BC)
Carnaross 1-8 Drumconrath 0-8
The ones each side don't count is what can be said about this Junior A 3rd Round Championship game played in Kilmainhamwood's fine Grounds on Friday evening.
Drumconrath's tally of 11 wides to their opponents 3 tells one story but when you count in a missed penalty struck wide mid way through the 2nd half along with a glaring miss from 2 metres with no one on the Carnaross goal line just just 4 minutes gone are probably the two biggest talking points from the game.
Carnaross through John L Magee got on the score board 1st after a minute and while Stephan Crosby pointed twice on 11 and 13 minutes the best score of the half came on 16 minutes from Jamie Myles.
Crosby pointed after Drums had clocked up their 6th 1st half wides but Magee proved Carnaross could miss too as he hit a 13m free wide. Drumconrath native Stephan Dawson fired over for the Ross as Alan Byrne finishe the 1st half scoring with a free to leave Drums 0-5 to 0-2 up at the break.
Whatever wind advantage was to be had was with Drumconrath after the break but it was Carnaross who started best with Charlie Brogan pointing within a minute. Two further points leveled the game before Myles hit a fine point after 11 minutes.
Then came that penalty miss and within minutes Brogan hammered to the net to put Carnaross ahead for the 1st time. Tails up Carnaross pushed on and 2 more points put them 4 points up. Byrne added two late frees and Magee finished the scoring with another point to put them in pole position for qualification.
Drumconrath; Sean Kane; John Lynch, Thomas Carolan, Aiden Tighe; Damien Glass, Peter Tighe, Eoin Martin; Peter McEvoy, Sean McMahon; Alan Byrne (0-3), Jamie Myles (0-2), Tomas Conlon; Derek Duff, Stephan Crosby (0-3), Chris Tighe. Subs; John McDermott for Lynch, Conor O'Halloran for Duff, Colm McEvoy for Martin and Gavin Finnegan for Conlon.
Junior Football Championsip
St Peters Dunboyne 0-11 Drumconrath 2-4
Drumconrath went behind in the 59th minute of this game for the 1st time and while Drums had a few chances to level it proved beyond them as last years beaten Finalists went clear at the top of Group A.
In a close fought game throughout Drumconrath had hit the 1st score of the game after 12 minutes when Stephan Crosby made good work to find the net. Dunboyne countered soon after and opened their account within a minute and that was how the 1st quarter ended.
Alan Byrne got Drums 2nd score from play and last with a fine point from 40m and when the same player pointed a free after 19 minutes Drumconrath led by 4 points. Drums had another goal chance soon after but the shot was saved and Dunboyne took solace from this to add 4 points in the last 10 minutes to go in level at the break and as the wind stiffened they appeared to be in a good place starting the second half.
Drumconrath won a penalty early in the 2nd half when Crosby was fouled and he gave Drums a 3 point lead again. Drums had suffered a blow at half time when midfielder Alan McEvoy retired injured.
Ger Robinson had a fine game for Dunboyne and hit some fine long distance points. Him and Byrne traded points but Robinson took the game on and while Byrne pointed another free after 17 minutes Dunboyne mainly through Robinson added 4 points all from play to take the lead in the last minute and therefore claim the 2 points on offer.
Drumconrath will be disappointed not to get something from this game but the wide score of 4 to 10 shows that perhaps Dunboyne had more chances.
Drumconrath; Sean Kane; John Lynch, Thomas Carolan, John McDermott; Damien Glass, Peter Tighe, Eoin Martin; Alan McEvoy, Jamie Myles; Chris Tighe, Stephan Crosby (2-0), Tomas Conlon; Derek Duff, Alan Byrne (0-4), Peter McEvoy. Subs; Colm McEvoy for A McEvoy, Sean McMahon for Conlon and Gavin Finnegan for C Tighe (T)
Easter has come and gone and the 1st Annual "Judge Run" was a success and with 3 wins out of 4 in the League the North Meath Hamlet of Drumconrath as at this time of the year every year the interest turns to the Championship.
Drumconrath after a right few years in the wilderness won their 1st round tie for the 3rd year in a row with a hard fought battle with South Meath rivals Clonard. Last year Drums triumphed over the lads in in Primrose and Blue in Round 3 by 3 points and in 2015 they went one better with a 4 point victory.
Sean Kane's warriors did it the hard way with a slow start as Clonard with Meath County Senior star Adam Flanagan pointing a 45 after 6 mins and then the Clonard lads got a great boost when their centre forward found space as the Drums defence was marked absent and he belted the ball to the net. Soon after big midfielder Eoghan Lynch fired over from long range to put the South Meath lads 1-2 to 0-0 up after 11 minutes.
Stylist wing back Eoin Martin took the bull by the horns and scored a great long distance point to finally get Drums going after 12 minutes and it looked like he was going to have to do it all on his own when after a great Drumconrath move Damien Glass found the net looming in front of him but Clonard keeper Paul Sheridan parried and Martin stroked the ball to the net. Ryan Ralleigh had pointed from play for Clonard also during this time.
Within a minute Drumconrath were in front as the Clonard defense dallied and Tomas Conlon making his 1st team Football Championship debut also hammered the ball home, Alan Byrne got in on the act and hit a sweet point after 19 minutes and Drumconrath now led 2-2 to 1-3 and that is how it stayed until the break as both sides slandered chances.
Drums who had started so slowly in the 1st moiety were out of the blocks far quicker for the second period with Christy Tighe pointing on 30 seconds after the throw in. Big midfielder Lynch drove over another long distance point but an Alan Byrne free kept Drums ahead.
One minute later after a fine move Stephan Crosby pointed and when Crosby pointed a free after 45 minutes Drums were 2-6 to 1-4 ahead and looking good.
Lynch again fired over from range on 47 but then we had 10 minutes of missed chances until Byrne put Drums 6 up with a fine point from an awkward angle. Captain Jamie Myles strode forward to keep 6 points between the sides with 3 minutes left. Clonard lost a man to a second yellow and while Lynch now on the square fisted over and Clonard hit a late free in injury time the spoils and the 2 precious points where on their way to North Meath.
While at times the Football was poor not help by a heavy April Shower before hand it was a tremendous tenacious display by the men in Red as they came from 6 points down early on to with 10 minutes remaining have the game as good as in the bag.
Drums had good preformances all over with John McDermott, Damien Glass and the lively Eoin Martin in defence doing well, while Alan McEvoy despite some heavy hits kept tabs on County man Flanagan while Myles used his speed to great effect. Up front all battled hard with Christy Tighe having a great 2nd half matched by Conlon in the 1st while Byrne and Crosby showed some fine finishing touches.
Drumconrath; Sean Kane; John Lynch, Thomas Carolan, John McDermott; Eoin Martin (1-1), Peter Tighe, Damien Glass; Alan McEvoy, Jamie Myles (0-1); Chris Tighe (0-1), Stephan Crosby (0-2), Tomas Conlon (1-0); Derek Duff, Alan Byrne (0-3), Peter McEvoy. Sub; Colm McEvoy for Conlon.