Report of Tuesday Night’s Louth GAA Club Matches

Division 1

EWTOWN Blues 3-12

St. Mochta 1-13

The Newtown Blues moved closer to the Cardinal O’Donnell Cup final on Tuesday night with a five-point win at home to St.

There wasn’t much between the teams in the first half and Declan McNamara’s only goal of that period saw the Drogheda men take a 1-5 0-5 lead.

The Blues pushed their advantage home in the second half with goals from Ciaran Downey and John Kermode. Although Danny Kindlon hit the net for Louth Village’s men and Declan Byrne added six points, they were unable to catch the Blues.

Matock Rangers 1-9

Ardi St. Mary’s 3-20

Mattock Rangers suffered a massive defeat at home to Cardinal O’Donnell chaser Ardy St Mary’s.

The spectators had sewn up the game halfway through, with Ciaran Keenan and Jonathan Cummins finding the net in the opening half.

There was no consistent response from Rangers in the second half as Darren Clarke hit Ardi’s third goal, while Cathal Fleming scored a late consolation goal from the penalty spot.

Division 1B

Sean O’Mahony’s 0-7

Geraldines 1-10

Every point is important at the bottom of Division 1 and Point Road’s victory over Sean O’Mahony was well-placed by the Geraldines’ 1–10 0–7 victory.

In the low-scoring first half, defender James Craven’s brace helped the visiting team take the half-time lead from 0-4 to 0-2.

Jim McEnany scored a late penalty to score points after O’Mahony fought back to take a 0-7 0-6 lead. Bean Corrigan replied with a 45 and the Gers never looked back.

Dreadnoughts 0-12

St. Patrick 2-13

Less than three minutes into the game at Cloggerhead, a goal from Cathal Grogan sent St Patrick on their way to victory, which sees the hosts very much in trouble for relegation.

That score helped the visitors take a 1-5 0-6 lead at the break, and they sealed another victory in the closing stages with a goal from Aidan McCann in the second round. Another positive for the Lordship side was Daisy Finnegan’s return to midfield after an injury-absence.

James Califf and Pepe Smith both scored four points for the hosts while Jay Hughes was also on target but it was another disappointing evening for the Dreadnoughts.

St. Fechin 1-17

Coolie Kikhams 0-7

St Fechin posted a priceless win at Beaulieu on Tuesday evening, registering a comfortable win over fellow struggler Cooley Kickhams.

Neil Hodgins’ goal was the deciding score of the first half as the hosts went 1-6 at the break to lead 0-6. Brian White and Fearghal Malone led the scoring for the visitors.

However, the second period proved to be a one-sided affair as Fetchin’s dominance and Ryan Walsh (7), Ronan Holcroft (4) and Niall Devlin (2) were among the scores as the hosts moved three points from the bottom, by Cooley. Captured.

Division 2A

St. Kevin 0-16

Young Ireland 1-9

St Kevin went two points clear at the top of Division 2 after finishing top by four points at home to Young Ireland.

Shane Meade, Cameron Maher and Lee Crosby were all on target in the opening round as Phillipstown took control of the scoreboard.

However, a goal from Dean Maguire on 27 minutes brought his side into contention again as they reduced the gap from 0-9 to 1-4.

Crosby brought his tally to seven points while Tom Matthews and Evan Maher were also on target to help secure a win. Sian O’Naragh and Jordan O’Donoghue were also on the mark for the Dundalk side but it was not enough to prevent another defeat.

Dundalk Gayle 2-7

Hunterstown Rovers 2-11

Dundalk Gayle’s woes continued on Tuesday night as they fell down to their third loss in stage two at the hands of Hunterstown Rovers.

Ryan Burns matched the entire Gayles tally of 2-7 in a remarkable night shoot for the county man.

However, Jason Clarke beat the hosts 1-5 to 1-4 and despite Sean McCann’s second-half major, Burns was too hot to handle. Rovers have now well and truly put themselves in the hunt, while Cathal O’Hanlon’s side now find themselves in the top spot for the first time this season.

O’RAGHALLAIGH’S 4-10

Roche Emmetts 1-10

O’Raghallaghs returned to form at just the right moment as Drogheda Men beat Roche Emmetts 4-10 1-10 at Rathduff on Tuesday night.

Barry Flanagan hit a goal in both halves, but Kyle McElroy’s was in scorching form, 1–7 on aggregate.

Flanagan and Ben Rogan scored in the second half to ensure a nine-point victory. Mark Byrne scored a late goal for Jamie O’Hare’s Roche side but was dismissed several times.

Division 2B

Naom Fionbarra 0-8

Clan NA Gail 2-8

The Klan Na Gael will play Division 2 football the following season after a 2–8 0–8 victory over Naom Fionbarra at the bottom of the table.

Billy Smith and Craig Long found the net for the men of Ecco Road and those two majors would be the difference in stretch.

Despite Ciaran Marque’s best effort from the free, Naom Fionbarra could not bridge the gap to turn the game in his favor. The hosts will resign themselves to a relegation play-off at best after Tuesday night’s loss while the Clans survive.

Oliver Plunkett’s 0-13

St. Joseph’s 2-17

Home side St Joseph returned to the winning track in Division 2 with a 2-17 0-13 win over Oliver Plunkett last Tuesday night.

Goals by Dare Smith and Connor Neary in the first half went unnoticed as the hosts took a 2-10 0-3 lead at the interval.

Credited to the Mel side, he did fight genuinely in the second half with Craig Doherty in a Conners Early Duel, but the Drogheda side remained in the relegation play-off spot.

O’Connell 2-15

Kilkerley Emmetts 0-15

O’Connell regained his second-tier status with a six-point win over Kilkerley at the Grove on Tuesday night.

In a competitive first half, Kilkerley had points from Tadgh McEnany, Fionn Cuminski and Ewan McEntegart, but O’Connell responded through Niall Conlon, Robert Quigley and Sean Doyle to give his side 0-9 0 at the break. Gave a lead of -7.

Dean Stanfield found the net early to keep his side going in the second half and sealed a crucial victory when Quigley bounced late for the second time.

Division 3A

Glenn Emmetts 2-21

Western 1-7

The Glenn Emmets are one win away from securing a Division 3A title for the second season in succession, when Tullylane Men took care of the business with a 17-point victory at Reigstown for the West Indies.

In-form pair Keelan O’Neill and Alex Carrollen fought a one-sided battle for Ray Lambe’s team. Justin Cunningham hit a four and half-back Adam Duffy found the net for the hosts in the second half as their chances of survival were hanging by a thread.

LANNLIRE 4-15

Naom Malachi 2-8

Lanlier kept the momentum at the top of Division 3A with a fine 4–15 2–8 win over Naom Malachi at Dunleaer.

Two goals from Paul Callen at the start and end of the first half sent the hosts on their way. Brian McGuinness gave the hosts a great start in the second half. Males responded via drawn finishes from Shane Rodgers and Paudy McLaughlin, before the home team’s sixth and final goal from Kilian Gregory ended the night’s scoring.