Louth Minor Football League
Rd 2 16th April
Division one of the minor league is promising to be a very closely contested affair, St Mary’s have two wins and Oliver Plunketts, Newtown Blues, St Patrick’s, Clan na Gael and O’Connells/Stabannon/St Josephs have a win each from two games.
Clan na Gael 8 - 11
O’Connell’s/Stabannon/St Joseph’s 2 - 06
The visitors opened well and a close in free from Cian Doyle was followed up by a clinically finished goal from Robert Quigley. However, two quick goals from Mark Newell soon gave the advantage to home side. A further free from Doyle and a point from play for midfielder Colm Giggins levelled matters as the match headed towards the second quarter.
It was at this stage that the Clans and Mark Newell in particular took control of the game, the mid Louth side would only get one more score in the half, coming from the boot of Robert Quigley, while two goal chances during the period for the visitors were blazed wide of goal.
While Newell added another 3 - 01 to his personally tally during the period. A close range free from Padraic McKeever in injury time sent his team in ten points up at the break. Half Time Score: Clan na Gael 5 – 02 Joes/O’Connells/Stabannon 1-4.
The combination side would again start brightly to the second half, Dean Matthews set up Robbie Quigley for the opening point, this was followed up by a Cian Doyle goal to reduce the deficit to six points. In fact if two Quigley attempts on goal had not been saved (the first one brilliantly by Clans keeper Sean Smith), the sides could have been level again.
However, this would be close as the visitors would get, as the town side ruthlessly put them to the sword, pulling no punches in continuing to strike for goals. They kicked an unanswered 3 - 07 over the following 25 minutes, while a Cian Doyle point at the death rounded off the scoring in the match.
Clan na Gael were the better team, they got through the defence with relative ease allowing the lethal Mark Newell in for six goals and he also hit the crossbar twice, they were also confident in possession dominating around the middle and they were more hungry gathering the breaking and loose ball on the greasy surface more effectively.
St Joseph’s/O’Connells/Stabannon: JordanMackin, Ciaran O Brien, Sean Halpenny, Daryl Berills, Dean Matthews, Micheal Cairns, Daniel Bannon, Colm Giggins 0 - 01), Shane Mc Quillan, Cian Doyle 1 - 03, Robert Quigley 1 - 02, Conor Mc Gill, Conor Mulligan, Conor Kiernan, Evan Callaghan.
Substitutes: Craig Doherty for Ciaran O Brien, Declan Byrne for Daryl Berills, Jonny Mc Knight for Conor Mulligan, Ciaran Hennigan for DeanMatthews, Liam Mc Laughlin for Evan Callaghan.
Clan na Gael: Sean Smith, Brian Mc Donnell, Jason Murphy, Danny English, Ian Carr, Conal Cooney 0 – 01, Robert Curran, Conor Noonan 1 - 01, Ola Olajabu 0 - 01, Padraic Mc Keever 0 - 01, Adam Lynch 0 - 02, AbdulMohamed, Ciaran O’ Connor 1 - 00, Stephen Cooney 0 - 02, Mark Newell 6 - 01.
Substitutes used; Emmet Cooney, Wayne O’Shaughnessy, Gavin Gaffey, Dean O’Donnell and Cian O’Connor.
Referee: David Fedigan (Hunterstown Rovers)
Oliver Plunketts 1 - 14
Newtown Blues 2 - 04
This was a good win for the Plunketts against an off form Blues side. Oliver Plunketts were on top from an early stage and never looked like loosing this local derby.
Early points from Luke Haggins and Andy Morgan saw Plunketts take a three points to nil lead however the Blues hit back with a goal from Conor Moore before points from James Guinn Gary Kehoe and Luke Haggins ensured Plunketts would take a three point advantage into the break.
The second half saw Plunketts up the gears and with strong performances from Conor Papp and Conor Earley in the full back line along with Gary Kehoe and Paudge McHugh in the half black line the Blues were finding it hard to make inroads on the scoreboard.
At the other end Luke Haggins, Ben Donnelly and Andy Morgan were causing lots of problems for the Blues and a superb goal from sub Stephen Martin was to give Plunketts a 1-14 to 1-2 lead with 5 minutes to go.
The Blues to their credit did not give in and were rewarded with a late consolation goal from Conor Moore nad points from Leigh Synnott and Robert Carr.
Scorers for Newtwon Blues were; Conor Moore 2 – 00, James Carter 0 – 02, Leigh Synnott 0 – 01 and Robert Carr 0 – 01 (F).
Oliver Plunketts: Colm Duffy,;Conor Earley, Conor Papp, Josh Cormican,; Paudge McHugh, Gary Kehoe(0-1), Darragh Fanning; James Guinn(0-2),Kevin Murphy; Ben Donnelly(0-1), Luke Haggins (0-6), Robert Guinn, Adam Brodigan(0-1), Andrew Morgan(0-3), Dale Harding.
Substitutes: Stephen Martin(1-0) for Dale Harding, Josh Hynes for Paudge McHugh.