Curraha 2-16 Drumconrath 1-5
Drumconrath's 2nd string battled gamely for 50 minutes and when Oran Finnegan netted it looked like they might have a chance but Curraha pulled away and 2 injury time goals put a bit of gloss on their victory.
Drums trailed 0-7 to 0-3 at the break as Terry Halpenny, Father and Son Thomas & Dylan Dardis and Daniel Myles did best.
Drumconrath; Thomas Dardis; Cathal Dunne, Terry Halpenny, Stephan Lynch; Robert McEntaggart, Gavin McEvoy (0-1), Brendan Crosby; Oran Finnegan (1-1), David O'Halloran; Patrick Farrelly, Daniel Myles, Dylan Dardis; Peter Saul (0-1), Alan Dunne, Daniel Byrne (0-2). Sub Mark Reilly
Junior D Football Championship
Carnaross 2-13 Drumconrath 1-11
Drumconrath and Carnaross battled in out for the 3rd time this year and with two more games between the Clubs in the near future, Carnaross laid down a marker by winning this one and the score now stands at 2-1 to the Ross.
In a close fought 1st half a Carnaross goal after 7 minutes was the difference between the sides at the break with Carnaross leading 1-6 to 0-6. Daniel Byrne had pointed 3 times and the total was completed by Oran Finnegan playing his 1st ever (and possibly his last as he heads stateside) Junior D game, Daniel Myles and Paddy Carolan.
Gavin Finnegan netted 2 mins into the 2nd half and a point from the same player a minute later and Drumconrath led briefly for the only time in the game. A minute later Carnaross leveled and while the sides traded points over the next few minutes as Daniel Myles pointed for the Reds a second Carnaross goal after 10 minutes put the Carnaross lads a goal clear again.
Carnaross won the remainder of the game 0-5 to 0-3 as Leighton Irwin, Daniel Byrne and Alan Dunne chipped in for Drums.
Best for Drums where, Pakie Dunne, Aiden Tighe, Paddy Carolan, Alan Dunne and Dylan Dardis whose Dad Thomas also togged out but did not win the most elder of the Drums side as Keeper Steve Elbert won that accolade
Drumconrath; Steve Elbert; Patrick Dunne, Aiden Tighe, Cathal Dunne; Robert McEntaggert, Oran Finnegan (0-1), Brendan Crosby; Conor O'Halloran, Gavin Finnegan (1-1); Daniel Myles (0-2), Paddy Carolan, Dylan Dardis; Leighton Irwin (0-1), Alan Dunne (0-1), Daniel Byrne (0-5). Sub Patrick Farrelly for O Finnegan
Junior D Football Championship
Moynalty 0-12 Drumconrath 0-11
The Daffodils are wilting and the Dandelions and Daisy's are coming into there own and that's a sure sign that the Junior D Championship is up and running.
The North Meath Clubs of Drumconrath and Moynalty descended on the wide open expanses of the quiet Hamlet of Kilmainhamwood for this High Noon show down. Both Clubs 1st Fifteens had won their opening 1st Round games and the emphasis was to keep their Clubs winning records enact.
The Kimainhamwood pitch with its wide open spaces was designed when the Local Club where a force at Senior Level in Meath when Brian Stafford, Larry McCormack and Raymond Cunningham where terrorizing defences and maybe not the best venue for the Warriors at Junior D level but both clubs pushed all this aside and got ready for battle.
Moynalty had up on 30 lads for the warm up as Drums management looked decidedly worried as each car that indicated at the gate was scanned for a potential player and while they ended with enough plus 1 as the Kilmainhamwood gate men enforced a strict "no boots - then pay in policy" which succeeded in annoying one irate Drums man at least !
Moynalty looked good early on and pointed twice but Paddy Carolan in his 1st Championship game in 6 years got Drums off the mark. Daniel Byrne added another point but Moynalty playing in Green went into overdrive and reeled off 5 points in a row to take a 0-7 to 0-2 lead as the Drumconrath lads seemed overawed.
Gavin Finnegan reignited the Drums challenge sporting their New White strip with a fine point and an injury time free from 40m by Daniel Myles left just 3 in it at the break 0-7 to 0-4.
Drumconrath's young lads got on the front foot but it was the ever green Leighton Irwin who slotted over the 1st score of the 2nd half.
The team in White suffered a blow when lively forward Daniel Byrne picked up a Black Card which appeared a little on the harsh side.
Drums with Robert McEntaggert, Carolan, Cathal Dunne and Aiden Tighe coming more into the game as Sean McMahon and Gavin Finnegan began to win more ball around the middle hit the next two points as Finnegan and then Alan Dunne both pointed.
Drumconrath just could not get in front as Moynalty ended a long barren stretch with a pointed free but when Conor O'Halloran was fouled the quick thinking Irwin found Sean McMahon in space and the sides where level again. Irwin himself added another point in answer to a Moynalty free. Chances went abegging on both sides but Moynalty struck for home with two points to lead 0-11 to 0-9 with five minutes left on the clock.
Drums with Sean Reilly making an inspirational change down field made another drive forward and Irwin knocked over a free and Carolan leveled the game with a fine point from out on the right.
However in injury time Moynalty got the winner and soon after the Full time whistle went in what was a close even game which should stand to both squads in the long run.
Drumconrath; Sean Reilly; David Hickey, Aiden Tighe, Cathal Dunne; Brendan Crosby, Conor O'Halloran, Robert McEntaggert; Sean McMahon (0-1), Gavin Finnegan (0-2); Daniel Myles (0-1), Paddy Carolan (0-2), Daniel Byrne (0-1); Dylan Dardis, Leighton Irwin (0-3), Alan Dunne (0-1). Sub Stephan Lynch for Byrne (BC)