Minor Football Championship Final 2010
St Joseph's 3 - 9
Dreadnots 1 - 11
St Joseph's are champions again having retained the Fr Larry Murray Cup for the Louth Minor Football Championship, sponsored by Anchor Tours, by overcoming Dreadnots by 3 - 9 to 1 - 11 in a highly exciting game at Drogheda. The holders got the better start and they were 1 - 2 to 0-1 ahead after ten minutes when facing the light wind. Dreadnots played some excellent football for the next forty minutes outscoring the Joes by 1 - 8 to 1 - 2 but they were outgunned by 1 - 5 to 0 - 2 in the final ten minutes.
The skillful football and the combination play of the Dreadnots was a joy to behold, they did have a slow start but they did contribute hugely to this exciting contest with excelent play and score taking but they leaked three goals all at vital stages and untipicaly for them they managed just one of their own. They got four points ahead of the Joes in the first half but Lorcan Doyle's goal on the stroke of half time left them just a point ahead. Three points was to be their biggest lead in the second half when Anthony Williams, Peter Kirwan and Conor Campbell scored in three minutes. They needed a second goal but it wasn't to come due to resolute Joes defending and when Robert Sansom goaled with eight minutes to go following a quickly taken free it signalled a late rally by the title holdes, Conall Smyth added a point and man of the match Lorcan Doyle scored the final three points, two of them set up by captain Alan Lynch and St Joseph's were champions again.
St Joseph's are worthy champions but this wasn't an easy win, their defence can take credit for marshalling a strong Dreadnots forward division and conceding just one goal, their mid field of Daire McKiernan and Robert Sansom played second fiddle for a long period but Daire finished well and Robert got a crucial goal. Conor Murphy was a huge loss to Dreadnots but their half back line was generally on top throughout. The St Joseph's full forward line was their strongest but still they were limited to 1 - 5 by an under pressure Dredanots full line of defence.
Alan Lynch can be very pleased with his performance, he was kept quiet for periods but he made critical contributions, Sean McQuillan, Ciaran O'Hare and Liam O'Leary were huge in defence and Conall Smyth and Alan Quigley were always difficult to handle and strong on the ball in attack.
Dermot Campbell at full back is a fine footballer, Anthony Lynch and Dylan Kirwan did well at wing half back, Cian McEvoy and Glen Darling were a strong mid field combination, Conor Campbell and Ciaran Cunningham took on nthe defence with some success and Peter Kirwan despite close marking was always a handful for the defence.
St Joseph's; Shane McQuillan, Chris Brennan, Ciaran O' Hare, Philip Brenna, Liam O'Leary, Sean McQuillan, Darragh Smith, Daire McKiernan, Robert Sansom 1 - 0, Jack McNamee 0 - 2, Alan Lynch 1 - 2 (1F), John McKenna, Alan Quigley, Conall Smyth, 0- 2 Lorcan Doyle 1 - 3. Substitutes; Ian McDonald for John McKenna, Jack Mulligan for Jack McNamee.
Dreadnots; Sean Kelleher, John nKirk, Dermot Campbell, James Kirk, Dylan Kirwan, Anthony Williams 0- 1, Anthony Lynch, Cian McEvoy, Glen Darling, Barry Faulkner 0 - 1, Conor Campbell 0 - 3, Ronan Fitzpatrick, Peter Kirwan 1- 2 (1F), Ciaran Cunningham 0 - 2 (2F), Ronan Califf 0 - 1.
Referee; David Feddigan, Hunterstown Rovers.
Minor "B" Football Championship Final
St Fechin's 3 - 11
St Patrick's 0 - 8
St Fechins minors won their first ever Minor Football Championship as a sole club. It is the Minor "B" Championship final in which they defeated St Patrick's by 3 - 11 to 0 - 8 on Wednesday 29th September.
They made history in Darver on a calm cool Friday evening as they claimed their first ever minor championship title as a stand alone club. This was the first ever Fechins team to play minor alone after a decision was made in 2005 to end the St. Brigids amalgamation.
Minor "C" Championship Final 2010
Mellifont Rovers 1 - 12
Kilkerley/Naomh Malachi 0 - 7
There was some good football played in this period but it was Mellifont who went in a half time leading by four points. The result of the game was effectively sealed early in the second period when Mellifont scored 1-3 without reply. The goal came about from a very good move involving a number of the forwards and when the ball was delivered to Tony McKenna who was running from midfield, hit an unstoppable shot to the Kilkerley/Naomh Malachi net.
The game lost some of its intensity after this but both teams kept playing good football. This was a very good all round performance by every Mellifont player and when the cup was presented to the joint captains of Michael McKeown & Tony McKenna it was accepted on behalf of the team who worked very hard all year to achieve the result.
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