Louth Under 16 Football League
Newtown Blues are on top on their own with eight points, Dundalk Young Irelands and Geraldines have six points and Mellifont and Plunketts have four points each.
Oliver Plunketts 5 - 09
Kilkerley Emmetts 2 - 06
Oliver Plunketts were provided with a stern test by Kilkerley/Naomh Malachi for three quarters of this match before they pulled away in the final quarter with late goals against the gallant visitors. Karl Harding was outstanding at full back for the winners and Adam O’Connor, Robert Guinn and Gerry Harding were very effective.
Substitute Johnny White contributed two goals and Adam O’Connor from wing back, Niall Murtagh and Dale Harding got a goal each, Josh Cormican scored 0 – 04 and he did well on the forty.
It was 1 – 04 each at half time, an early Tadhg McEneaney goal gave the visitors an early lead before Niall Murtagh goaled before half time for Plunketts.
Tadhg McEneaney top scored for Kilkerley with 1 – 03, Darren Litchfield got 1 – 00, Conall McEneaney 0 – 02 and Conor Kirk 0 – 01. Barra McCarthy, Cillian Mulligan, Conor Kirk, Niall Mulholland and Michael Begley never stopped trying for the losers.
Oliver Plunkett’s; Nathan Murray, Jordan Murray, Karl Harding, Andrew Ward, Adam O’Connor(1-1), Fiachra Doherty, Josh Hynes(0-2), Conor Earley, Ben Donnelly, Robert Guinn(0-1), Josh Cormican(0-4), Niall Murtagh(1-0), Gerry Harding(0-1), Dale Harding(1-0), DJ Smith : Subs: Johnny White(2-0) for DJ Smith, DJ Smith for Dale Harding
Gearldines 4 - 14
O'Connells/Stabannan/Lannleire 4 – 07
Trailing by 18 points at half time the O'Connell's/Stabannan/Lannleire players showed great character to launch a spirited 2nd half comeback spearheaded by Dean Corrigan who scored 3 – 02. Indeed the mid Louth side dominated the last 10 minutes as Abi Sasore 0 - 01, James Clerkin 1 - 01, Aaron Callan 0 - 02 and Tiernan Hoey 0 - 01 launched a series of attacks assisted by the tireless workrate of Cieron O Brien, Michael O Hare and John Campbell. Cormac Bolger, Sean Halpenny and Cathal O Brien were strong in defence but the amalgamated side fell just short.
O’Connells/Stabannon/Lannleire; Peter Kieran,Sean Halpenny, Ryan Halpenny, Tiernan Hoey, John Campbell, Michael O Hare, Cieron O Brien, Cathal O Brien, Dean Corrigan, James Clerkin, Christopher Ronan, Abi Sasore, Liam Callan, Aaron Callan, Conal Maher, Cormac Bolger.
St Mary’s have full points, St Joseph’s have six and St Mochtas have four points all with four games played.
St Joseph’s 2 - 10
Naomh Mairtin 3 - 06
It was a great contest between St Josephs and the Martins with the home side surviving a hectic finish to win by a point. Craig Sharkey, Dean Matthews and the outstanding Christopher Williams were excellent in defence for Joes. Craig Doherty, Adam O’Connor, Conor McQuillan, Cian Kierans, Andrew Kierans and Ciaran Gallagher played a big part in the win.
Clan na Gael have full points from four games while Cooley and Sean O’Mahony’s have four points each.
Cooley Kickhams 3 - 15
St Nicholas 3 - 03
Cooley Kickhams had a successful journey to Drogheda and they took away both points with a twelve point win over St Nicholas. At Half time it was 2-03 to 0-02.
Emmet Rogan 0 – 5 and Peter Thornton 0 – 03 were in great scoring form, Patrick Hanlon got 2 – 00, and Emmet McGuigan their third goal. Michael McGlynn, Derek McGrane, Fiachra Malone, Conor McGuinness and Cian McGoey all played well for Cooley.
Cooley Kickhams; Michael Mc Glynn, Derek Mc Grane, Fiachra Malone, Daniel Hanlon, Craig Mc Guinness 0 - 01, Patrick Hanlon 2 - 00, Cathal Quinn, Conor Mc Guinness 0 - 01, James Loughran 0 - 02, Emmett Rogan 0 - 05, Peter Thornton 0 - 03, Luke White, Emmett Mc Guigan 1 - 01, Cian Mc Goey 0 - 01, Niall Mc Guinness 0 - 01
Clan na Gael 1 - 13
Wolfe Tones 1 - 11
It was another heartbreaking loss for the Tones and this time it was to a late goal for the Clans from Cian Doyle. The Tones were a point ahead at half time. Gavan Gaffey scored 0 – 05 for Clans, Kevin Carroll 0 – 02, Dean O’Donnell 0 – 02, Paddy McAuley 0 – 01 and Dean Browne 0 – 01. John Byrne, Cian Hoey and Sean Smith played very well for the winners.
St Brides and Baile Talun share top spot in division three with six points each. John Mitchells, Naomh Fionnbarra/St Kevins and Na Piarsiagh have four points each.
St Brides 2 - 10
John Mitchell's 4 -03
John Mitchells blitzed the Brides with three early goals but fine play from Shane Murphy, Emmet Kirk, Sean Brenann, Ciaran Mc Entagart and Ronan Molloy gave the Brides a grip on the game and gradually they hauled themselves back into contention and with some excellent scores they went on to win by the slightest margin.
Emmet Kirk scored 1 – 03, Sean Brenann 1 – 02, Ronan Molloy 0 – 02, Mark Molloy, Sean Marry and Alan Dunne 0 - 01 each.
Baile Talun 4 - 11
Na Piarsaigh 0 - 09
The score line is not a true reflection of what was a close game for the 1st half and a great exhibition by great young players on both teams.
In the second half Baile Talun had the wind and the sun on their backs and this gave them the chance to rack up scores with Eoin McEnaney getting three goals and a point.
Baile Talun had a rock solid defence with the best players including Aarron Myles who played a great game even after a thumb injury and Kevin Kane who despite been one of the smaller players put in a man of the match performance despite getting a bloody nose, James Daly just back from a broken Collor Bone and Connor Mohan were superb.
Baile Talun had nine scorers; Cormac Walsh 1 - 01 Sam Varga 0 - 01 Jason Dulaghan 0 - 01 Martin McArdle 0 - 03 Nial Sharkey 0 - 01 Danny Commins 0 - 01 Kilian Farrell 0 - 01 Shane Farrell 0 - 01 and Dion Conlon 0 – 01.
Baile Talun had just the 15 required players who have not played or trained together all year. If they stick with it they can achieve great things.